Care needed for our much loved Dog & 2 Cats
We're hopeful to find caring people to look after our beloved pets. We travel a lot as a family & the cost of care for the pets has become extreme. We want the best care for them & we feel having them stay home is that option....
We are working professionals, with a 14-year old son and an 11-year old daughter. We have busy lives and relish our vacation time. We have travelled the world and feel very grateful to live in one of the most beautiful places in the World. British Columbia, Canada!
Our pets, Lily, Charlie & Indy are like children to us. They are very much part of the family so anyone wanted to get lots of furry snuggles, this is the best place for you!!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Joanna, Justin, Fynn and Deya. + More info
Our Home & Location
We live in a modest, one level, 1900 sq ft, 3 bedroom house in Coquitlam BC.
The master bedroom has a king bed and a small shower ensuite. The second bedroom has a queen bed. The third bedroom has a loft single bed. There is a full bathroom in the main area. The house has a good sized front yard that is not fenced and a small enclosed back patio where Lily does her "business". There is also a small covered patio just off of the kitchen with a table & chairs if you wish to sit outside....
We are very close to many beautiful hiking trails and lakes. The house is located on Eagle Mountain so there is a lot of opportunity for cardio walks ;) Coquitlam is a growing city with lots of transit that will take you into the city of Vancouver. The journey by car or transit to Vancouver is 45 minutes. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
The main responsibility outside of feeding & loving the animals is to take Lily on at least two hikes/walks a day, rain or shine! In the morning I drive her to a trail for an off-leash hike. Then she will have another hike or leashed walk an hour after her dinner. Of course, the more the merrier & if you'd like to take her out more often, she'd love that! She can only be off leash on a trail away from the road. She MUST be leashed in other areas. In between her morning and evening dinner/ walk, she is ok to be home alone but she'll miss you dearly if you're gone too long!
She is a young dog and has a lot of energy on her walks. That's why we need someone comfortable and knowledgeable about dogs and walking with her off leash. She is pretty well trained & will come when called, sit, drop it, leave it & wait. All for treats. If she gets a scent of something delicious, she will go after it so you have to be keeping an eye on her. She has a bad habit of eating tissues out on walks so if I see one, I'll cover it with my foot or if she goes for one, say "leave it/drop it" firmly. Most of the time she is great but not always.... she passes them the next day! She is VERY friendly and will want to say hi to everyone. Most of the dogs on our hikes are regulars & she know's the ones to greet & ignore. She has absolutely zero aggression in her & will avoid conflict with any dog. If she senses something off about a dog she'll get out of its way.
If its raining & she comes home wet, she'll need to be wiped down. She knows that she has to sit on her mat by the back door. I place her water there & lean a baby gate by the kitchen (which she is scared of! .?) to stop her jumping on the sofa or the bed until she's dried off. She keeps her collar, with her name tag & license, on at all times.
She gets fed twice a day. Breakfast is at 6 am and dinner is at 5 pm. There HAS to be at least one hour before & after exercise before she gets fed as Berners are prone to Bloat. She gets very excited around dinner time & if you have been out, she will bark when you come in to let you know what time it is. We do not tolerate that & she has to be told "No barking" before she gets attention or food.
She does not get any scrap food from our table. The only extra's she gets are the treats on her walks and the occasional fruit. She loves bananas and apples (no core as the seeds are poisonous to dogs) blueberries & raspberries. So if you happen to be having some, she's like to share! She can be scroungy in the kitchen so when you are cooking meals tell her to go to her place (sofa) or her mat (by back door or bedroom)
She craves's attention! She is a 73lb lap dog....she'll want to sit on your lap on the sofa or very close by you and she sleeps on our bed! It is a king, so lots of room ;)
The cats get fed at the same time as Lily but unlike her, they graze throughout the day. Lily will not touch their food!
Their litter (2 boxes) will need to be cleaned every day.
Indy is our adventure kitty & loves to go outside. We did try & keep him as an indoor cat but it's just not in his nature and he got skinny & depressed. He is only allowed out after 9.30 am & must be in by 3 at the very latest. There are predators that hunt in the early hours and evening times. You can call him by his name at the back door & he usually comes running. Or shake a bag of cat treats whilst calling him. If he's a little farther away, you may need to call him a few times. He usually stays pretty close to the house and comes back and forth every hour or two for a snack. You'll hear him asking to come in. If you're planning on going out for the day, then he CANNOT go out. I prefer him to go out only when you will be around. He does not have to go out every day. I also keep him in when it's raining. Which isn't a problem as he doesn't like the rain! If he's whining to get out, I open the door & show him that it's raining & he just sits & looks out for a bit before returning inside. I only let him out if he asks to go out. If he hasn't gone out in the morning then asks to go out in the afternoon, I'll only let him go out up to 1 pm at the latest.
He has a collar & name tag that he keeps on at all times
Charlie is the complete opposite & is 100% an indoor cat. He looks at Indy as if he's completely bonkers for going out! ;) He may sit on the back patio if the door is open but do not leave him outside if you close the door. He has no outdoor skills at all.
Charlie is shy & may take some time to come to you but when he does, he is the most affectionate guy. Such a snuggle kitty! He is a little piggy too & can overeat a bit which causes him to regurgitate his food on occasion.
Both cats are fine with Lily but give her space. Lily is a bit scared of Charlie but both Indy & Lily sleep on my bed. Indy is also very affectionate & friendly.
The animals come in & out of the bedrooms often so I leave all the doors open for them....
Of course, with a big dog & 2 cats, the house can get very "fluffy". You will need to vacuum regularly. + More info
March 2018 | Pia