Dog sitter wanted for two beautiful collies in the Lake District
I live in the lake district in a small hamlet sandwiched between Blencathra and the end of the Helvellyn range. My house is a terrace of 6 and in an old quarrying settlement opposite the main village of Threlkeld.
I work of a government agency and am on the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, i have two search and rescue dogs which are border collies and I also train the search dogs....
Sometimes i want to go abroad-usually in connection with MR and can't take them with me. Our bond is very strong and the best way for them to be least stressed is to have someone come and stay here in my house. I am in the heart of the northern lake district so there is everything any outdoor person could want. + More info
Our Home & Location
My house is a mid terrace house in a small hamlet about 4 miles from Keswick. It has a small front and back garden for sitting out, is surrounded by green open space and has amazing views of mountains all round.
My house has parking at the back and we are at a dead end. There is a shed for bikes etc...
The house is double glazed and has a fully kitted kitchen-its not grand but reasonable. My living room has a multifuel stove, essential in winter, a sofa bed , TV screen-I use Amazon firestick, CD player and stereo. Lots of books. Upstairs is the bathroom with shower and three bedrooms-one is storage.
I live on the top row so behind me is an old quarry which is now a museum and has a steam train - we walk up through this and round the edges to the fell behind.
There are many local walks from the door and over to the main village (about 15mins walk) where there are two dog friendly pubs and a local dog friendly coffee shop.
The local walks through the fields run down to the river where the dogs can swim or up onto the open fell land.
To be here you do need a car as though there are buses from the main village to Keswick and Penrith where the main shops are for food.
Keswick is the main local town, full off coffee shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, outdoor shops, fuel stations, two supermarkets - Booths and Co-op. You can do whatever you want from Keswick-and pretty much from where I live. There is a climbing walll and ice climbing wall, great fell&trail running/road/mountain biking/paragliding/climbing/water sports/wild swimming....
There are museums, nature reserves, adventure activities such as Go-Ape at Whinlatter where there are also mountain biking trails and Honister slate mines and via ferrata.
In Keswick, there is a cinema and the Theatre by the Lake - which is really good. There are also cinemas in Ambleside and Penrith - both about 20-25 mins drive. There is also a fun swimming pool/Gym but proper pools and liesure centres in Cockermouth and Penrith which are also lovely towns and which have larger supermarkets.
The Lake at Keswick is called Derwentwater and there are marinas to hire canoes/sailing boats and a launch that goes round the lake which you can catch - it has various stops so you can get on/off as you want to - to go t gardens and cafe's or walk up Catbells or other mountains.
There are numerous National Trust properties-woods, large houses and gardens. The Eden valley is close where there are Brougham and Lowther Castles and its not too far to Hadrians Wall.
We are surrounded by villages with lovely walks and cafe's. There is lots of local history with Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth - Grassmere is only 15min drive. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
I have two border collies, both are fully trained Mountain Rescue Search Dogs. Meg is a fluffy tri-colour and is now 11yrs old and has a touch of Arthritis. She loves swimming and local walks also some small mountains but not up for the bigger ones now. She is affectionate and has some typical collie bitch traits such as barking at the postman. She is on loxicom.
Bracken is a chocolate tri-colour fluffy collie, he is the more sensitive one that needs more hugs. He is 9yrs old, happy and fun, loves getting out, finding things and being on the hill. He does have a plate in his left leg so i am careful with where I take him but the rougher paths can usually be bypassed on grassy areas. He is happy doing the bigger hills like Blencathra-opposite us, Clough Head-behind us and out round Derwentwater like Catbells, Barrow, Glaramara etc
Both are well behaved-have their odd moments as we all do!
They are both on a raw food diet.
Responsibilities are to look after the dogs. Our usual routine is to get up, have cuddles, out for morning walk locally - fields/fell where we have a few games/swims.
Back for breakfast-then they rest and I work or do stuff.
Lunchtime - an out round the block/fields
Dinners about 5.30-6pm, then out for a walk - or other way round - walks and then eat a bit later-usually time and weather dependant.
Then quick out to the verge before bed.
If going out for the day I cut the morning walk a bit shorter, then off to the hills after breakfast....
I must stress, i live in the mountains, it rains and it can be pretty wet. Decent wellies and full waterproofs are essential as is warm clothes . Nothing is flat round here and the dogs do get wet and muddy-they are not the sort that do not go out in bad weather- this is not an issue to them unless its a thunder storm - those they do not like! I have lots of dog towels, washing machine and tumble dryer.
The use of my van while I am away is a possibility. It is fully crated for the dogs but it is big and long. + More info