Caring Pet Sitter/s Required
Hello to all interested housesitters! My house is not really crooked- I'm a poor photographer! I am a retired (but still working full-time) local schoolteacher and my partner is a council worker. We are both very easy-going sociable people who are looking forward to travelling to Thailand for a relaxing break. When we are not at work we enjoy spending time with our children & grandchildren, gardening and home projects. We both enjoy a drink at home and my partner enjoys smoking outside!
Our Home & Location
Our little house is quite small and compact. We like to keep our house clean and tidy but we are NOT fastidious. It is Cape Cod style with 3 bedrooms (one queen bedroom, a spare double bedroom, a single bedroom for visiting grandchildren), bathroom and separate toilet upstairs and downstairs is kitchen/living/laundry with extra toilet. We have electric reverse cycle air conditioning and a gas heater downstairs in the living areas and in the bedrooms upstairs we have electric heaters and portable air conditioners (which you won't need!) We live on a fairly quiet street. We have a lovely outlook, being situated across the road from the local high school agricultural farm with several paddocks often full of sheep and cows. Our back fence backs on to a council reserve.
We are within easy walking distance of the shopping centre, cafes, pubs, restaurants.
Responsibilities & Pets
Whilst we are overseas, our main priority is our dogs. Tommy will be a nearly 10 yr old labradoodle. He is very chilled and gets on well with everyone and all other animals. Our other dog Abby, who will be 3, is an anxious English Pointer rescue dog. We have had her since March this year (2018). She takes a while to trust people, especially men, and she is frightened of sharp, loud noises and new situations. She is a gentle, very loving little darling, and enjoys the company of all other dogs. Our dogs are used to daily walking off-leash. We have a safe local area which is a 5 minute drive (an ex racetrack) that they are used to. They usually meet other dogs/owners who they are used to.
If applying from a distance, we would really like our housesitters to join us for a couple of days prior to leaving and get to know our animals, their quirks, feeding and exercise regime and other household and garden stuff. You are very welcome to stay with us or organise your own accommodation. If local, several visits prior to departure would be great....
The dogs sleep downstairs in their beds. There is a doggy door to outside. We have a child safety gate to prevent the dogs coming upstairs to bedroom areas. Our cat Smokey will be 15 years old (when we leave) and enjoys relaxing - he does like our bed sometimes! We feed our animals twice a day. Our local vet will be made aware that if there are any issues, expenses will be covered. Our dogs are on monthly Nexguard Spectra which covers everything so I will time it so you don't need to administer any doses. The cat is on 2 topical treatments:-one for fleas & ticks and one for intestinal and heartworm and will require one of each dose while we are away. This is just a squirt on the back of his neck. They are all very healthy pets and do not have any specific health needs. All pet food will be more than adequately stocked in a separate freezer in the garage and everything will be clearly marked. There will be more than enough! The pond fish are fed twice a week and the pump which runs constantly needs to have the filter cleaned out maybe twice a week. This is pretty simple. + More info