We are a family of two, Gary and Joan. We are both recently retired educators. We have participated in dozens of home exchanges, both in the USA and abroad. All of them have been different, successful, enjoyable, wonderful. We love traveling, and have nothing but positive things to say about our home excange experiences. As we get older (we are now in our mid sixties) we take each day as a gift. Our adult children (he has two and I have two all boys)are certainly in our lives, but are on their own. Although we love animals we have chosen not to have any because of our frequent travels. We are certainly willing to care for your pets, however.