Versatile House Sitters Needed To Look After Variety of Pets in Rural Brittany
My husband, Martin, and myself have lived in this most beautiful part of Brittany for the past seventeen years. We have two gites that we let our during the year and I run a pottery and craft business from my studio next to our house. We are hoping, through this site, to be able to get reliable house and pet sitters so that we can get away to relax every now and then and also travel back to the UK to visit our children and grandchildren. We do have a lot of different animals dogs, cats, a parrot, a pot bellied pig, three goats, four geese, two ducks, several doves and lots of chickens. They are all very friendly and no trouble to look after. The dogs are very well behaved and the parrot is a laugh a minute so long as you keep him away from wires and keyboards (or anything with buttons on quite frankly)!!
Our Home & Location
We live in a very rural part of Brittany although you can get to the nearest village, which has a small shop and bar, within five minutes and there are two local towns within a ten minute drive which have Supermarkets, Restaurants, Bakers, Bars, Churches, Banks, Pharmacies etc... You will need a car to stay here as there are no buses and only one local taxi!!
We do have a heated outdoor swimming pool but, this is only available for use between the middle of May and end of September, for the rest of the year it is in Winter shutdown. We also have a games barn which you would be more than welcome to use. Downstairs it has a table tennis table, bebe foot table and a pool table. Upstairs is a full size snooker table....
There is a lot of history in Brittany and there are a lot of historical buildings and sites to visit as well as a plethora of beautiful beaches from silver sand to rocky crags. We have plenty of information and suggestions of where to go and what to see that we will leave in the house.
We have a couple of Vets that we use, one for the farm animals and another for the domestic animals, we will leave all the relevant information for them.
Our house is fully centrally heated, we have a carpeted living room and a fully fitted kitchen complete with large fridge/freezer, gas cooking range, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a choice of bedrooms and a bathroom on the same floor.
I hope I have covered most things that you would need to know but, if you do have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our dogs and the parrot are the only animals that live indoors. The cats do come in and out during the daytime but are put out at night. The dogs and cats have bowls of dried food which are always kept topped up and they help themselves whenever they want it. The farm animals get fed once a day with any scraps from the house and their supplement feeds, water butts cleaned out and topped up daily. The parrot also has dried food which is changed and topped up every other day.
All of the farm animals are friendly. They all live in a large area together. At night they are put away in three sheds and let out in the mornings. If you leave them until dusk to lock them away, most of them put themselves away and you only have to shut the doors and bolt them. The geese do like to push their luck and leave it to the last minute to go away but, they only need telling once and they toddle off to bed while you are locking the rest of the sheds. No cleaning out will be necessary as we will see to this before we go away and will do it when we get back. The only thing that may need doing is a top up to their straw/hay bedding while we are away. We will leave plenty of food, hay and straw near to the enclosure so it is easy to top everything up....
The parrots' cage needs cleaning out once a week. He does make a bit of a mess with seed around his cage so this would need cleaning up as and when needed. When I am at home he is only ever in his cage if I have visitors that are worried about him or when he goes to bed at night. During the day he is usually allowed to stay out on his cage or wander around wherever he wants to go. This does mean that there could be a bit of poop patrol needed but, if you prefer he can be kept just to the living room by keeping the living room door shut.
He has been trained to chew on a lampshade next to his cage and, most of the time, when he's on his own in the living room he keeps to his cage or the lampshade. He does also like to sit on your shoulder and go everywhere indoors with you as he is very nosey and loves to watch whatever you are doing. He is very good at obeying the command to "step up" onto your hand and once on your hand you can then put him anywhere....on the back of a chair, back on his cage, back in his cage or on top of the living room door (another favourite perch of his). He is six years old and has never bitten anyone. If he doesn't like what you do he will either squark at you or just hold your finger with his beak or his foot.
The dogs and cats are totally housetrained and because we live so rurally are allowed to wander at will outside the house, they will come back immediately when called or whistled for. They love to be taken on walks and we have miles and miles of beautiful, traffic free countryside that you can stroll around to your hearts content.
Other than that, your time would be your own. Our dogs are very good and can be left quite happily on their own indoors for several hours so you will get plenty of time for exploring the area or just sit relaxing with a glass of wine or two. + More info
October 2018 | Jackie