2 dogs and 1 cat. Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Our 2 dogs - Copper and Billie and cat - Comet are all rescue pets and much loved. Cooper is big, timid and 10 yrs old and Billie is small/medium sized and VERY friendly. Comet runs the house, but is a distant and largely benevolent dictator. They are all mixed breeds.
We live in a 3 bedroom cottage in the country about 50 minutes easy drive from Melbourne, in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. We have a garden and about 9 acres of land. This is an area known for it's cold climate wines and horse studs. We are around 3 minutes drive, or 20 minutes walk from the nearest village where there is a small supermarket, post office, pub,bakery and coffee shop as well as a couple of restaurants....
I'm 58 and have lived with my daughter in the house for around 7 years. Most of my working life has been in the finance sector, and I'm also a part-time fencing coach. I love living here where we are an easy commute to the city, but immersed in the Australian bush. Lots of wildlife, (kangaroos at dusk can be a traffic hazard) and birds feeding on the nectar from wildflowers. + More info
Our Home & Location
Train station is about 3 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk to Macedon. Other slightly larger towns of Woodend and Gisborne are around 10 minutes drive away. We are close to the mysterious Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon as well as wineries and galleries.
The drive to Melbourne is about 50 minutes to an hour on freeway mostly - so very easy going. Trains to Melbourne go mostly hourly during the week - less on weekends....
The house is a 3-4 bedroom weatherboard(wooden) cottage with a lovely garden which I have been restoring over the past few years.
I have bicycles which can be used. Good training rides throughout the district if you are a keen cyclist.
We can supply a ute for transport. (This is a diesel engine, 2 seater, small truck).
The house is very comfortable, relaxed and light and airey. It has gas central heating, double glazed windows and two of the bedrooms have split system air conditioning/heating. Large country kitchen which has been recently renovated, and 2 bathrooms, one of which was also recently renovated. Upstairs has a large master bedroom with lovely views of the garden and state forrest sweeping across to Mt Macedon. There is also another living area upstairs as well as the second bathroom. Downstairs are 2 bedrooms, bathroom and a large living area with a mezzanine, which really doesnt get used much. There is also a seperate laundry. Away from the garden the remainder of the block is landscaped with 3 dams and a gazebo. This will require virtually no maintenance, as vegetation growth is minimal in our autumn. Garden wise , there may be the odd pot plant which needs watering. I've never watered the garden after summer finishes - never needed to. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Feeding , watering and companion to the pets. I work mostly from home and dogs are used to me being around.
The cat (Comet) largely looks after himself and is very easy, sometimes seeking bouts of affection and then cooling off. His food is left in a large plastic tub on the laundry bench - away form the dogs. He only eats what he wants and you just need to top it up every few days. He will graze at will and seems to be able to keep his waistline under control (lucky him!)...
Billie (3 yr old female staffy X beagle - oh, yes!) is adorable, overly friendly and sweet. She also has to be contained mostly , as her beagle nose can lead her into all sorts of trouble if allowed out without a lead on. She is a small to medium sized dog (about 18 kg). She is prone to skin problems, so we have her on a daily 1/2 tablet from the local vet. She has that with her evening meal and is absolutely no problem giving it to her. She is very food oriented. Finishes her meal a few seconds after getting it.
Cooper is Billies antithesis. 10 yrs old male staffy X (no idea what he is crossed with, but he looks like a solid ridgeback - without the ridge). Cooper is our perfect watch dog. He looks scarey and barks loudly. He is also incredibly timid and shy. He weighs in at around 45 kg. They play well together and are very attached to each other. Cooper takes longer to get used to people and like a lot of timid dogs, he seems to prefer females, but has (reluctantly) gotten used males in time. He can tend to fret, and so I usually have meals prepared in the freezer for him when we go away. He really likes these and so should be fine feeding.
We have a large pen for the dogs whenever you want to go out. It has fruit trees, a large weather proof kennel as well as undercover area. + More info