Big dog lover wanted for late Feb/Early March 2018 in West of Ireland
I'm looking for a pet sitter for Cooper, a 4yr old male (neutered) Alaskan Malamute & Puss the cat for a short break in Sept
I'm looking for my sitter to arrive on Friday 23rd Feb 2018 and I will be home again on Monday 5th March 2018....
Cooper is a very friendly happy, typical malamute. He loves being where you are and is an inside dog, however he is fine in the backyard if you're not home. Malamutes are smart and stubborn - a dangerous combination! They won't just do something because you tell them to - you have to give them a reason and for Cooper there's not many better reasons that a treat! He loves his long walks and will need 1 - 2 walks a day up to 10km (6miles) in total. Fortunately we live in a beautiful part of Ireland, on the edge of the Burren and there are some fantastic walks that you can explore. Cooper is great in the car as well. Like all Malamutes he has a high prey drive and poor recall so he must always be walked on the lead.
Puss is black & white cat who needs feeding morning and night. He's got a cat flap so he comes and goes as he pleases. As long as he's got a comfy, warm spot to sleep and food he's happy.
I'm ideally looking for someone who has experience with Northern Breeds, such as Malamutes or Huskies, however, experience with large strong dogs is a must. Cooper is great with kids when we meet them on our walks, however he has never lived with any, so it would not be a suitable housesit for people with children.
Unfortunately a car won't be available during your time here, although you would be able to hire one and would need to do so to make the most of your trip. + More info
Our Home & Location
I live in a lovely estate in a quiet village of about 600 people. We have two small supermarkets, postoffice, butcher, pharmacy and loads of pubs, however it's only 15mins to a large town of approx 25,000 people. Here you'll find great restaurants and pubs as well as traditional Irish music if you are interested. I have all mod cons (except Sky TV, although I get all the UK channels) and decent unlimited wifi (suitable for watching Netflix).
I am in the West of Ireland, about 30minutes from Shannon airport which has flights from the UK and parts of Europe and also some direct flights from the USA. Dublin airport is also less than 3hours away. The Burren is 10minutes drive away and the Cliffs of Moher 30mins. The Burren is full of stunning walks and has many marked walking trails if that is your thing, while the cycling is also great....
I'm ideally situated for a range of day trips also - Galway city is less than an hour and Limerick city is about 40mins. Day trips to the Connemara, Kerry, Dingle and Cork are all well within reach (as are many other places). + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Walking Cooper 1 - 2 walks a day, up to 10km (6miles) in total. Feeding Cooper & Puss twice daily.
Watering plants in the garden if it doesn't rain for a few days (unlikely...this is Ireland!!) & mowing the small garden once a week.