2 Dogs in a split level home near Montreal
We are a young-ish couple with a toddler and baby on the way. I am a travelling musician for a living, originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. My husband works downtown (Montreal) as a web developer, and is originally from Denmark. They come on the road with me sometimes to get to spend more time together, and we also visit our families a couple of times a year for about 1-3 weeks at a time. We just bought the house in June, and haven't had house sitters before. We've been using different kennels and dog boarding, but would prefer a more personal connection for the dogs and the safety of our home. We don't know many people in our area yet and look forward to welcoming people into our home!
Our Home & Location
Our home is a split level. The main level has the kitchen, dining room, living room and a recently added solarium. The upstairs level has the master bedroom (king sized bed), the baby room (crib), laundry room and full bathroom. The lower level has the spare bedroom (queen bed) a half bath/powder room, entrance to the garage and exit to the back yard (fenced with and above ground pool). The basement is a combination family room/bedroom where there is a queen sized bed and the couch and futon open into beds.
Chambly is a suburb of Montreal, about 25km from the city and a 35 minute bus ride from the main station to downtown and about a 20 minute car drive to Mont Saint Hilaire. Chambly a historical, charming area, especially in the summer, with the Fortress nearby and some nice restaurants. Lots of young families around and the busses within Chambly are free to get around the neighbourhood. We find it easier to get around by car in this area and sometimes will be able to leave our manual hatchback for the house sitters to use if they'd like.
Responsibilities & Pets
We have 2 large dogs, Winston and Daisy. Winston is a 60 pound, 5 year old Sharpei who likes to lie by your feet and may sometimes need his ears cleaned. He is good with people and animals - gets really excited for them all and may jump and whine at them (but in a happy way) and in the end is a bit of a loner. Daisy is a 75 pound, 4 year old Bull Dog/Pit Bull mix who thinks she's a lap dog. She is great with grown people, but has had a couple of bad experiences with other dogs so I don't completely trust her with other animals (except Winston and other familiars). She used to be scared of kids but since we had our son, has become best friends with him and seems to be much more relaxed with them now. I still like to keep her separated from my friends' kids until they're used to each other. (It usually only takes a few minutes and a couple of treats.) We have baby gates for that reason that separate the kitchen/living room areas from the rest of the house. She is a snuggle bug and will try to glue herself to you every once in a while. Responsibilities for the house would be to vacuum the dog hair and not let the place burn down (haha). For the dogs, feed them twice a day and walk them here and there (as you feel). They are completely house trained but get very excited when people come to the door. They are strong, especially Daisy, but listen pretty well - a bit pully on the leashes. They get along well and just want to love you!