Snuggles in Wuxi, China with Sweetie and Pops! (near Shanghai)
We are school teachers working in China who are going on some trips in 2018-19. We need a person or a couple to live with our 6-year old female dog, Sweetie, and our 18-year old healthy male cat Kit-Pop during these times.
Our Home & Location
We live in Wuxi, China. It is in Jiangsu Province and is close to Shanghai.
Wuxi is known for having more natural environments to enjoy compared to other cities in China and is next to the large freshwater Lake Taihu. There are also some Buddhist sites and temples here as well, in addition to other natural and cultural attractions. (It is in the top 10 cities to visit for Chinese Tourists.) You could easily take an afternoon trip after Sweetie's mid-day walk to one of these places....
A longer day trip would be possible to one of the other popular cities close by via bullet train: Suzhou, Nanjing, or Hangzhou, which is possible with careful timing between the midday and evening walks.
Our apartment is an attractive high-rise apartment (with elevator and private entry. It's quite roomy at 180 sqm including large living room, kitchen, dining area, large master bedroom, a smaller room (with possible single bed), and an office. Usually, we use one of these rooms for storage while we are away. There is also a glassed-in patio space with laundry. We are located right next to a wetlands area and Jinkui park where we walk the dog. There is also the Coastal City shopping center close-by with shops and restaurants both local and western-style. We are located in East Jiangzhen district, next to the metro line number 1 Civic Center stop. This line connects directly to the Wuxi Railway Station (the bullet train) and the historic city center. We also have 2 bicycles available for your use, and some e-bike scooters if you are experienced motorbike rider.
There are 3 railway stations in Wuxi. The bullet train is 28-58 minutes to Shanghai depending on which station you use.
There are direct flights into Wuxi airport from a limited number of cities including Hong Kong. Hongqiao airport in Shanghai is next door to the Hongqiao Railway station with the bullet train to Wuxi, with more flights arriving from within China or Hong Kong. Pudong (PVG) airport is the biggest airport in Shanghai, offering more options for incoming international flights, and there are direct shuttle buses available from this airport to Wuxi, which is 1.5-2 hours drive, in addition to other transportation options.
We will need sitters for approximately the same times for the next 3 years (our holidays are fixed by our school calendar): first week of October, 10 days around Christmas/New Year, 3-4 weeks for Chinese New Year (based on the Lunar Calendar, which is different each year in January/February), and part or all of the summer break (we have all of July and first 2 weeks of August off from school.) If you're interested in booking future years, we love to book in advance. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Snuggling, feeding, watering our low-maintenance animals. Keeping the litter box clean (Kit-Pop likes a very clean litter box in his old age!) Taking Sweetie-dog out for one long walk per day, plus morning and evening short walks for pottie breaks. (3-4 walks per day.) Sweeping up pet hair.
Kit-Pop (our sexy male cat) is intermittently prescribed liver medication where a little medicine is mixed in with a tablespoon of tuna each day. So that means that Sweetie-girl (our sweet doggie who fits her name to a "T") gets a little tuna treat each day too!...
We like to get photo updates every couple of days of how the pets are if you don't mind:)
We have a few house plants that need to watering once a week.
We are very tidy people, so we hope that our apartment is in the same condition as when we left. Also, we are vegetarians, so if you cook meat, we request you are conscientious about using a separate pan, using the stove hood fan, washing the dishes clean of meat oils, etc.
As one of our pet sitters let our cat out (for 3 days), we must clarify that the apartment door must be closed at all times. We don't want our baby getting lost again.
It is required that you install the WECHAT mobile phone app before arriving to China. (You need a working telephone number to receive a text to complete the app installation.) All information required to properly care for the animals is transmitted via this communication forum, including veterinary contacts etc. This is the most convenient method of communication in China. Thanks! + More info