Dog / Cat / House sit in the countryside
As we have quite a few animals we find it difficult to go on holiday but we've decided to bite the bullet as we need to take the kids away this year (we need a break!)! My husband works an irregular shift pattern and I work around him so the dogs are used to people always being here -that being said, they are fine alone (don't have separation anxiety) and will just sleep.
We have 3 dogs - but probably only two will be staying in the house as one may go to an older relative who likes the company. They are very well behaved, fully house trained but like lots of cuddles! The cat is the same and likes to curl up on the bed with you. We also have chickens who are very easy to look after and will keep you in eggs! We will make sure the wine rack is full, food is in the fridge / freezer and the wifi is in working order!
Our Home & Location
The house is an old cottage in Dunkirk, Badminton. I can't tell you how old, but it's old! Low ceilings downstairs and lots of beams. There is only one bathroom, which is downstairs, a kitchen dining room and a lounge with three bedrooms upstairs. We have a sizable garden which the dogs love bombing around in, a veg patch and an allotment opposite our house (through the field next to our garden). We are very close to a lot of historical villages as well as being within half hour driving distance of Bristol and Stroud and close by to Bath. Directly opposite us is Badminton estate and a very large wooded area. Great for dog walks! Your next door neighbours would be the two horses in the field next to our garden. They like coming over to say hi!
I would say, due to our location, a car would be needed as there are no footpaths around us.
Responsibilities & Pets
The dogs would require little walking as at this time of year, my black lab cannot cope in any heat at all. Unless you're walking very early and last thing at night, he takes a while to recover. They're happy to have a bomb around the garden with the football or a game of fetch. They would also need letting out in the day for the toilet. I have canicross harnesses for Buck and Scout if you prefer to run - they are good strong pullers, in which case, half hour of running a day is fine but only if it is cool, which is unlikely at this time of year! If you want to walk them, I would recommend not letting them off the lead. Both are very good but Scout will go off and hunt if she catches a scent and Buck will follow her. If they don't know you and think they can get away with it, then they can take a while to come back.
The chickens would need shutting up at night, letting out in the morning, collecting eggs daily and keeping an eye on water and food levels....
Ophelia, the cat, is just a cuddler and loves attention. She'll let you know if she's not getting enough! Her litter tray will need to be dealt with daily as she's an indoor cat - she is tiny and has absolutely no common sense with traffic, so don't let her outside. She's fairly good though and doesn't try to escape.
We will leave measurements for all the animals food. They are greedy, don't feed them human food or they'll start pestering for more!
We will require the house to be kept clean and tidy and indoor and outdoor plants watered. We have an outdoor tap with hose so it's a 5 min job to sort outside. + More info
July 2018 | Joe