We are a young professional couple with three fur babies Buster and Maple (Boston Terriers) and Duke (my cat). My husband and I both work shift work and have friends from different towns and countries that we like to go visit as we have a love for travel. As much as we love to bring our fur babies along it just isn't always the best fit and can be a little stressful for them to be out of their environment. We also have family in another country that we like to go visit but since it is so far we like to go for about a months time to get in a good visit. We are looking for responsible sitters that are to look after our fur babies and home while we are out on our adventures.
Our Home & Location
Our home is located in the heart of wine country in the Okanagan which has become a very popular destination. We are located on the West side of Kelowna in a quite neighborhood which is away from the down town area but still close to shopping, hiking, wineries and beaches. Summer time here is always a busy time lots of festivals and activities always on the go. In the winter there is a cross country ski hill less than ten minutes from our home and the ski resort Big white is about a 45 min drive from our place. Public transport is available with three bus stops within a block radius of our home.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our fur babies are our main concern and making sure our guests enjoy our home. Buster and Maple are Boston terriers which means they are snubbed nose and quite sensitive to extreme weather conditions. This means in the summer they can not walk during heat of the sun they would be needing to walk in the morning and evening when its a bit cooler out. They both love to hike in the woods and with breaks and water they can go for day hikes in the summer when it's not too warm. In the winter they just don't like to go that far as its just too cold for them and they prefer to be at home. If the weather just doesn't cooperate then they love to play in their back yard where they have a splash pool to cool down in or just run around and play. The splash pool does need to be emptied and rinsed out approximately every two days just to keep clean. The three of them get fed in the morning but I leave detailed instructions about feeding and care. The restrictions that I do ask that sitters follow is absolutely no off leash walking, no dog parks and please do not take them with on personal errands and leave them in the car. Our dogs are not big on social they just love to walk and play with you and have lots of snuggles.
Our home is pretty well self maintained in that we don't like a lot of fuss and there are just a few things that I would ask. For short sits I would just ask that the hot tub be kept up to date with the instructions and the garbage/recycling be taken out and any mess be tidied up prior to departing. For longer term stays I may ask there to be basic regular house up keep and maybe a lawn cut in the summer and in the winter we do have a drive way that needs clearing. Basically all I would expect is that the house be left they way you found it. Again my main concern is that my fur babies are cared for.
September 2018 | Susan