Lovely Acreage in Greater Victoria, BC.
Hi, we are professionals in our late 50s who have been adopting rescue critters instead of downsizing! For our upcoming sit in March (dates approximate) we need a kind sitter to look after our two elderly dogs (Zoe and Cleo) and our three horses: our three small dogs will be coming with us on our truck camping adventure at that point. Altogether we have five lovely dogs and two sweet and friendly horses (no wait... it is now three as we have adopted Dante). We laughingly refer to them all as POOPERS (pets in owners property eating retirement savings). We enjoy travelling and have lived in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and are now settled on a small acreage in beautiful British Columbia. We travel for between two and four weeks several times a year and now that our two boys live away from home we need to find house sitters who will look after and love our menagerie. For the upcoming sit a car is provided for use by a qualified person (sitter needs to be over 25 for car insurance purposes).
We also plan to be away in May for about three weeks (approx 1st to 21st) and at that time we need to have sitters who would like to look after our entire menagerie. We would need care for our five dogs (latest addition is Saigon - cutest pup ever and tiny) rescued from Ho Chi Minh City on our latest holiday, and three horses.
Our Home & Location
We have a large, comfortable four bedroom, two bathroom home on three plus acres in a beautiful rural location 35 mins drive from the lively and attractive seaside city of Victoria, BC. Our house is located on a very quiet dead end street and backs onto the "100 acre wood" where we walk the dogs and ride the horses. We are ten minutes drive from lovely beaches and are surrounded by a variety of provincial and local parks, including Mattheson lake (ten mins drive) and the long distance hiking, biking and riding trail known as the "Galloping Goose".
Although rural, we are not isolated and there is a very popular cafe / restaurant ten minutes away in the small district centre (also has a small local shop). There are two major shopping centres about twenty minutes drive from our house; also a couple of good restaurants in the seaside community of Sooke (twenty minutes).
Responsibilities & Pets
Our two senior dogs love affection (cuddling up in front of the wood stove) and quiet, short walks twice a day in the 100 acre wood behind our house. The dogs love guests but can be a bit barky until they get to know you . Cleo has now reached the ripe old age of 14 and tends not to hear well. Zoe has a muscle degeneration problem in her hindquarters and has the odd accident. We tend to work from home and so the dogs are used to having us around. Our house sit would suit an active single or couple who like to spend time around the house and don't regularly go out for more than five or six hours. We have a dog door that allows the dogs to access the fenced garden easily.
Our horses are friendly and easy going. They need to be fed twice a day and their hay nets topped up so that hay (and water) is always available. Their paddock area is next to the house and so daily horse poop scooping takes 20-30 minutes. We have a trainer come twice a week to exercise Bella, and Dante and also Hobart if his arthritis allows.