Regular, dog savvy, relaxed home sitter needed for four pugs
The Pugnest is a quiet, peaceful environment. We regularly take foster pugs for pug rescue although we wouldn't go away while we have extra dogs in our care.
We have a large garden with a big fish pond containing our koi. In summer, there's ample shade for the pugs and loungers to relax on to the sound of the pond's waterfall....
The pugs have unlimited access to all areas of the home. They like to accompany you everywhere .... even to the bathroom. They all sleep on the bed at night. We have tried to move them downstairs but the youngest boy has special needs and this has not proven to be practical. So, it's a pugs on your pillow scenario!
The eldest boy, Forty, is very loving and sensitive. He's six but still loves a game of silly nonsense. He washes the younger pugs and does a comfy hum if you rub his chest.
The middle boy, Mr Grimson, had a rough start in life and has a few anxieties which are easily managed with a few easy guidelines. He's great fun and he adores games and cuddles.
The youngster, Hoagie, had acute liver failure at seven months old which he miraculously survived, but it has left him with mild brain damage so I would class him as " special needs" although saying he needs special awareness is probably more accurate.
Hoagie always thinks his reflection is another dog and that will often scare him. He can also be startled and fearful of every day items in unexpected places e.g. a sock on the landing at night.
He is the happiest, sweetest boy who will bring you gifts of toys and bones for you to admire.
Matilda arrived with us in October 2016 as a 9.5 year old foster pug. Her background is the stuff of nightmares but she is happy and waggy most of the time. She has epilepsy but seizures are several weeks apart. Her house training is a little patchy but everything at the Pugnest is washable and accidents are only a few times a week once you get the hang of her. She is deaf and has had spinal surgery bit for a disabled old lady she is full of beans!
They are all gentle characters. As with any houseshare group, they might sometimes have a grumble amongst themselves but with a few pointers it's easy to spot triggers or the first signs of a grump and diffuse any tension.
We only use positive reinforcement training with the pugs, never a raised voice or punishment of any kind. We are a respectful, harmonious family group.
We haven't used a pet sitting agency before, so we'd hope to introduce a new sitter to the pugs (and vice versa) over a couple of days before leaving the Pugnest ourselves ensuring everyone is comfortable. We'd like to start with a local short break of just a few days and if that is successful, to book a longer break of up to ten days. + More info
Our Home & Location
Harwich is a place of historical interest. Visitor attractions include the redoubt fort museum, leading lighthouses and historic lightship in the harbour. There are several dog friendly beach areas and outdoor cafes.
There is a local shop at the end of the road and supermarkets ten minutes away by car. The town of Dovercourt is three miles away as is the beach.
Responsibilities & Pets
Your main responsibility would be facilitating a relaxed environment for yourself and the boys.
The pugs love to play with toys in the garden, to have you hold a chewy bone for them and to lounge on the sofa or duvet while you watch TV. It's a tough gig!...
Because of Hoagie's fearfulness around other dogs, we would not want you to walk all three boys together. A short walk one at a time is ideal - just 20 minutes gentle mosey around the block for interesting sniffs is great if the weather is suitable. If it's very hot, the garden and paddling pool are sufficient and the pugs aren't keen on rainy walks so you can all stay put in the dry.
Simple instructions ensure squabble free food times. I will leave a couple of emergency phone numbers for local friends who are familiar with the boys in case of any kind of accident or mishap. Their vet is 25 minutes away by car so if you're without transport I will set up an on call person. The boys have no ongoing health concerns or issues but Hoagie's not able to have regular medications because of his prior liver damage.
So, duties at the Pugnest will consist mostly of relaxing and reading a book/watching TV while holding a chewy bone or throwing a cuddly toy. + More info