Fiestas house and pet care
I'm a journalist and wish to travel to visit a friend who is 94 this year. My Rottie has renal problems which means she can't fly with us. She was a refuge dog which is why I don't want to put her in a pet hotel in a cage. One of the cats was also a refuge rescue, the other from the street. Bella needs special care, including 5 separate meals a day and daily medication. She has to be fed little and often. Most of the meals I will leave ready prepared in the freezer. Spanish law means that she can't be walked by anyone without a licence, but the garden is large and she'll be fine for a couple of weeks. She is very loving and affectionate. One of the cats is a cuddle cat, the other is more independent.
Our Home & Location
Our house is a traditional Canarian house of about 100 square metres and around 200 years old, set just off the main town square in front of the 500+ year old church. It has a large flat roof with seating and sunbathing facilities and a big garden with fruit trees. The guest bedroom has a wrought-iron four poster. There is also a small interior patio for r&r. The bathroom is very small, but the shower is adequate. The local fiestas are in October and we have the fair literally outside the door, as well as concerts, dances and other events in the square. It can get noisy at night though and parking, which is normally right outside the house, will need to be around the corner. I enjoy cooking, so the kitchen is well stocked with equipment. There is an excellent swimming pool with heated sea water at the nearby beach and the walks in the area are rightly famous. There is a reasonable bus service, but a car would be advisable if you want to explore. There are two sofa beds and a travel cot/baby bath and changing mat if required, but the small bathroom makes a large number of people not very viable. The nearest supermarket is about 100 yards away, there are some great local restaurants with local prices, not tourist charges. Three pizza places that offer takeaway. A great cake shop and chocolatiers just off the square, home-made ice cream about 60 metres away. The chemist is about 200 metres, the bank about 120. The house is very central. The tourist bus to visit Teno leaves just across the square from Thursday to Sunday about 20 metres away. This is not the Tenerife of Las Américas and mass tourism. It's a village of less than 5,000 individuals (counting the goats) which happens to be in fiestas in October.
Responsibilities & Pets
A few pot plants to water, the cats need feeding and cuddling and Bella needs her meds and meals and a lot of love. No walking required.
Ronny appeared in the middle of the night as a 4-week old kitten (approx). It looks as if he was thrown over the 3-metre wall surrounding the property. He is loving and cheeky and a bit of a bully with all the other beasties....
Toffee we brought in as company for Ronny, but as he was such a bully we had to get an older kitten. he'd spent best part of 7 months in a cage and after a couple of days of being a bit timid, he hit the outdoors and unfortunately spends most of his time there.
They are both happy, healthy and chipped. We're lucky to have a great vet too!
Vela (Bella) has kidney disease, but she's doing very well and will continue to do so as long as her diet is controlled and she has her meds. She needs 5 small meals a day, but they don't have to be at given hours. She just can't be given large quantities at once. I make her cooked food and will leave those prepared, first meal of the day is some liver pate on toast (for the red cells) and the last meal is a mix of Kefir, tuna and a couple of recommended natural additives that are working wonders for her. Not complicated. She is very affectionate, not at all destructive or agressive and just wants cuddles. I usually foster shelter dogs as well as having my own. Normally animals that are ill or need building up for operations before treatment. That's how Bella came into our lives. She was badly underweight, was vomiting, had diarrhea and wouldn't eat the vet prescribed special diet, so I cooked for her. She recovered totally and her blood tests are looking really good! Whilst she was with me as a foster, my own 16 year old big dog passed away. At 9, with health problems and the need for a personal chef, Bella's hopes of finding a forever home were slim, so we adopted her rather than see her go back to a cement box. She is so grateful, as so many refuge dogs are. Spanish law means that if you walk certain breeds of dogs in public you have to be licensed, which I am. However, she is a low maintenance dog in that respect and will be equally happy with a few games of fetch in the garden. Due to high blood pressure because of the kidney problem, short sessions are best. + More info
October 2018 | christopher