House and Pet sitting, West Midlands
We are a married couple in our mid-fifties. We work full time and live with our two dogs. We have never used trusted house sitters before until May this year as we have always relied on family to care for our dogs whilst away. We generally go away twice per year (4 weeks total) the exact dates for next year have not been decided yet so we can be flexible but middle 2 weeks of April 2019 is planned.
Our Home & Location
Our house is a 3-bed detatched in the Norh Worcestershire village of Romsley. The house is comfortable with easy access, central heating and a woodburning stove and year-round hot tub. It is a quiet location, we have 2 pubs, a small convenience store and a high quality butcher's shop in our village. We are located within walking distance of the beautiful Clent Hills which offer miles of great walks and superb views of the region. Access to the M5 motorway is only 5 minutes drive away. Bus, train or driving into Birmingham (10 miles away) is also an option for a day out. Worcester and the Severn Valley Railway are are also nearby and well worth visiting. We have many rural walks on our doorstep which we use everyday with our dogs. The town of Halesowen is just over 2 miles away with many larger shops and supermarkets and swimming baths etc. It is not strictly necessary to have a car as there is a bus service and a good local shop.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our dogs Sue and Chewie are mature, friendly and easy-going (mother and son) They usually have 2 walks each day, once in the morning around 8am and again late afternoon around 4pm (depending on the time of year) Weekends we sometimes let them have one longer walk instead. There is plenty of mud about so we have dog shower area which we use after each walk if they are dirty. They are fed 3 times per day, just small breakfast and supper with a normal meal at dinner time. Once they are dried and fed, they will sleep by the fire or on the sofa until bedtime, they are relaxed and are no trouble. We have a nearby Vet in Hagley, about 15 minutes drive away. They will of course make great companions on longer walks, Chewie with his sticks and Sue following behind. They both travel fine in cars. Sue needs medication which is simply added to her meals each day. They have access to water, their beds and outside and can be left for several hours without problem. They sleep in the conservatory at night. The dogs walk off-lead once they are in fields and walk very well on-lead. They know their regular walks and do not stray far from you.
June 2018 | Marisa