TrustedHousesitters: America Loves Pets

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Take a trip across the country and discover how much America Loves Pets from state 2 state! Join the #AmericaLovesPets conversation - share pet pictures #ad

According to this fun map, Massachusetts’s favorite dog is the Labrador, and our favorite cat is a Persian!

Read on to find out more about the America Love Pets data, and how TrustedHousesitters used social media to find out favorite pets, state by state. And we’re talking more than cats and dogs! This thorough data opens the world up even more.

It’s just about summer vacation for us, while some of you have been out of school and/or work for weeks now! Probably you have settled into a rhythm of summer life. Perhaps you’re planning road trips and vacations? Every year, we go on at least two vacations. In the winter, we go to Florida. In the summer, we go to Cape Cod. Last year we threw off normal routine and the two of us went to Alaska! We were happy we had care for our kids, and that we found sitters for both of our pets.

America Loves Pets

That peace of mind in knowing that your pets are in good hands while you travel is PRICELESS.

This year, life is ever more complicated. We have one dog, one cat, and 11 chickens! We used to be more able to take off at a moment’s notice. There are some places we can take our dog, and some places we can’t. We never want to displace our cat, though. And 11 chickens?! That’s why I’m so impressed with TrustedHousesitters. You can filter your pet sitter searches, and yes, you can find people who will help with your chickens! This is earth shattering news! This means more travel for us.

So, what exactly is TrustedHousesitters?

It’s a way you can find your ideal pet sitter/house sit from a pet loving community. These sitters will love your pets/home like their own completely for free. Or maybe you want to be the one to pet/home sit? It’s mutually beneficial. Vets say most pets are happier at home when owners are away, rather than adapting to a new environment. These registered pet-sitters are care-oriented rather than pay-oriented. They’ll travel to care for your home and pets, in exchange for a free retreat. Trust and safety is a priority, so there’s a 3 step verification process, including global identity with I.D. document cross-checks and criminal background checks. You can view profiles of registered sitters with ID verifications and video profiles!

Caring people happy to sit for FREE in exchange for a retreat, while YOU’RE on one too? Win-win.

Or perhaps you’re looking to house sit and care for someone else’s pet? Look to the site for that option too!

At this world’s largest house and pet sitting network, they love ALL pets. So much, in fact, that they set out to scrutinize 12 months worth of online conversation specifically mentioning pets. They used the social listening tool – Meltwater – and looked at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to discover which pets are most loved by YOU! They broke that data down further into pet breeds to find out what the most popular ones are by state. The results are fascinating! You can check it out yourself. Simply click here to go to their America Loves Pets map to find the top pets in your state. I looked at all states!

TrustedHousesitters launched in 2010, following a global need for new pet care solutions. The USA launch is particularly exciting to me, because the network keeps growing. Trusted Housesitters gives new opportunities for worldwide travel – helping thousands of people all over the world. This is a new way to travel and a new way to connect – combined by a love of animals. So check out the America Love Pets data, and check our your pet care/home sitting options.

You may find that your entire world will open up!

Name a favorite pet from your state!

40 Places to Take Your Kids (But Also Yourself)!

I don’t want to write about.. all the places I HAVEN’T been..

Are you planning a family vacation? Are you dreaming of #travel? I love this article of these 40 must-see destinations. I want to see them all with my kids.

..for too many years anyway. I’m as much of a bucket list maker as someone can be! I believe in photography bucket lists, and spring bucket lists, and fall bucket lists, and definitely summer bucket lists. I believe in food bucket lists and more specifically – ice cream bucket lists. I believe in literary bucket lists, and somewhat related – career-as-a-whole bucket lists.

I believe in believing in bucket lists.


I read this awesome post based on this awesome article and it all fit together. I want to write about all the places I’ve been and will go, and I don’t want to write about all the places I haven’t been and will never go – unless to say it here, loud and clear, that I WILL go there. Put it on my list. Your kiss is on my list too, but that’s not listed in the article. (why??)

Thanks, Dara! So here are the 40 places from

1 – Grand Canyon. I’ve never been, but I will go! I have zero fear of heights, although when I’m nervous, I get unbalanced. You know that song, “Unsteady”? That’s me! Not in front of grand and great things, though. This is on my list with your kiss.

2 – Yellowstone National Park. I’ve been twice, and once with Cassidy. I dream about taking the kids all the time.

3 – Freedom Trail in Boston. How have we not?? We live in Massachusetts! This seems remedy-able.

4 – The French Quarter. I have been! Do I want to take my kids? Umm.. maybe when they’re older. It was such a wild and untamed place – the stuff of all kinds of dreams and nightmares. Uncle Sam lives there so I think/hope it will happen.

5 – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of this place, but count me in!

6 – Dinosaur Valley State Park. See above!

7 – Stingray City. That’s a “yes” for me – in terms of wanting to go.

8 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Another miss and we have been to Cleveland! (once) My mom and sister went and got Scarlet an excellent Yellow Submarine shirt that Des now wears. Maybe that takes us a little closer..

9 – Bioluminescent Bay. This is on my photography bucket list!

10 – An Alaska Cruise. hmm.. none of us are cruise people. It’s sort of our worst nightmares. I’d rather be in an elevator for 7 days. Alaskan cruises, though? That’s different. Sign me up for smooth seas, with lots of whales, and moose at ports.

11 – National Civil Rights Museum. I would love all of us to go one day.

12 – Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Never been, but I’d love to take the family to escape our winter.

13 – Monterey Bay Aquarium. I LOVE this place. Cassidy and I went. I remember reading that they briefly had a Great White Shark in captivity? Anyway, I saw otters there. Not even IN there. Just hanging around it. Free otters wanting to hang!

14 – Niagara Falls. I’ve been there.. three times or so. Cassidy and I went and it was VERY eventful. Maybe one day we’ll take Scarlet and tell her she was conceived there and she’ll be all, “ewwwwwwww!”

15 – Petrified Forest I once plotted out a cross country road trip and this was a stop on it. The road trip didn’t happen because my boyfriend cheated on me and that’s not even why I didn’t go on this trip. There was another man. Ah, youth.

16 – Statue of Liberty. This was our big 5th grade field trip, and also the only field trip I can remember in which my mom was chaperone. I almost chickened out but she talked me into going to the crown with her. It was worth it.

17 – Disney World. Four years and counting as a family of four!

Are you planning a family vacation? Are you dreaming of #travel? I love this article of these 40 must-see destinations. I want to see them all with my kids.

18 – Climb Mt. Rainier. Ohh.. climb it? I mean, visit it is one thing, but CLIMB it? Des complains when he gets a rain drop on his foot. I can just imagine his old man venting? But hey, I would never dream of ruling it out.

19 – Galapagos Islands. Doesn’t it make your heart skip a beat? I’d love for us all to see it one day.

20 – Sesame Place. It’s not far from my parent’s house! It’s nearly too late for us, though.

21 – Pacific Coast Highway Drive. Two of us have done this and I can’t wait to do this with the kids. I dream about it often. I remember making a mix CD for my first drive on it, when mix CDs were still cool.

22 – Ground Zero. Cassidy and I have both been there, but not at the same time. I haven’t told my kids that story yet. It’s a bit much. One day, I will, and one day they’ll read what I wrote about it here.

23 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, times four!

24 – Wisconsin Dells. I mean, sure, if we all happen to ever be in Wisconsin?

25 – Redwood National & State Parks. PLEASE. One day.

26 – Swim with Manatees. Please, please can we do this?

27 – San Diego Zoo. I think I’m the only one who’s been there but since San Diego has my dream weather, maybe we’ll all move there one day and live in the zoo. Although I wouldn’t be able to NOT free this guy:

Are you planning a family vacation? Are you dreaming of #travel? I love this article of these 40 must-see destinations. I want to see them all with my kids.

28 – Plimouth Plantation. With our annual treks to Cape Cod and back, one should think we will go one day.

29 – Buckingham Palace. Please sign all four of us up for a trip to London.

30 – The Colorado Rockies. Cassidy alone has been to Colorado. It’s always been on my bucket list. I got SO close when we were visiting parks in Utah. Why didn’t I go??? There are so many gems to visit in Colorado, and I’m mountain-obsessed.

31 – Cedar Point. Wait, what? 17 roller coasters? And to think, I just went on the FIRST TWO OF MY LIFE!

32 – Kennedy Space Center. You know, I hope it happens. Scarlet thinks space is cool. I have a slight outer space phobia, but all the more reason. I tend to beat (or at least meet) phobias in Florida. (see above)

33 – Fort De Soto Park. I’ve never even heard of this, but sounds AMAZING! By the way, the article gives age levels, which is cool.

34 – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Sign us all up! Only Cassidy has been to Hawaii.

35 – Mesa Verde. 0 for 4. Sign me up, though.

36 – Ride Cable Cars in San Francisco. I lived there for two years and didn’t do this until about a month before we moved back. My mom was visiting us for one last time there, and she treated me to a ride. We have to go back!

37 – Waikiki Beach. Maybe Cassidy has gone? We all four would go in a heartbeat (or a long flight)!

38 – National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Another 0 for 4, but we’ve been to the Basketball Hall of Fame!

39 – Yosemite. Ok, so I’ve been there once with Cassidy and we were there for a few days. We had a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a hot tub under shooting stars. We stayed in and made bacon and watched a ton of movies, so one day I want to go back and see more of it. I remember the smoky smell and the crisp air, and oh god, take me back.

Wait just a minute. I have photos from our cabin’s porch.

Well, if THAT doesn’t sum it up. What does? Oh yeah! I forgot one:

40 – Millenium Park. It’s never been all four of us there, but it will happen. On the sooner side.

I’m linking up with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “I don’t want to write about..” You can link up HERE.

What do you NOT want to write about? How many of these places have you visited?