Two dogs and a cat need you!
Martin and I moved to Worthing nearly 3 years ago now, coming up the coast from Hove in search of space - as a result, we now have room enough for two dogs as well as the cat to happily run around in, and a large garden for them all.
Martin works from home most of the time (something in IT!) and I am self-employed (sewing teacher, lampshade sewer, image consultant...) and so am also able to spend time at home. As a result there is nearly always someone at home and we would want a similar arrangement from any sitter....
We've not had a holiday for nearly 5 years and are planning a big 3-weeker this coming September (actual dates tbc). Which raises the question - who will look after our pets. We are hoping this site will provide the answer.... + More info
Our Home & Location
We are less than a 15 min walk from the beach and the town centre and with 2 rail stations going to London, Portsmouth or Brighton, there is easy access to many other places. If you fancy the countryside, then the downs are a 10 minute walk away.
Worthing has pretty decent selection of shops and eateries, but with Brighton just 12 miles away and served by rail and bus there is plenty of things to do and see within easy reach....
The house is a 3 bed terrace, typical of the 30s, but two bedrooms are taken up by our respective offices, so just the one double bed. Open plan lounge/diner open up onto the decking and a large wildlife garden, complete with pond. This backs onto the railway, so we are not overlooked and enjoy a decent level of privacy. There is off road parking for 2 cars and no parking restrictions. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Lily and Molly are very friendly and love everyone. Lily - a lab/beagle/collie/corgi mix - is the speed-meister, whilst Molly - a black lab x basset - is the ploddy one, but they are very much a pair and enjoy each others company. They need at least 1 hour a day walk - we tend to take them first thing 45 mins in the local park then again in the evening for about an hour + either to the downs or the beach. As I mentioned previously, they are used to someone being at home most of the time and we would want a similar arrangement from a sitter. That said, they are fine to be left for up to about 6 hours - just not every day. They have access to the garden via the dog flap.
George the cat, despite ruling the dogs with a look, is very wary of people. We got him as a rescue and although he bonded quickly with us and is very affectionate, he still prefers to avoid humans and noise. Because of this, we would prefer someone - or even better a couple - to be fairly local so that they can come over and sit a few times before our long holiday to try and get him accustomed to them....
As for other responsibilities, all we ask is that the sitter keeps the house clean and tidy - animal hair is the constant challenge here - mows the lawn, picks up after the dogs in the garden, and keeps the bird table stocked up. + More info