2 labradors in Teesdale
Avril and I (Brian) are retired (me almost!) and live in a lovely rural location in Teesdale. We have 2 yellow labrador boys that we want the best of care for when we go away for 2 1/2 weeks in February.
Our Home & Location
We live in a modern 4-bedroom house in Woodland, a village 1000ft up in the pennines. From our kitchen window we can see 20 miles across the dale and, on a clear day, 40+ miles to the sea at Saltburn. Beyond our back garden is a field with our neighbours' horses in (if you like horses, there are lots around here!). At the front is a quiet road which is also a bus route, so even in icy weather or after a snowfall the road is cleared pretty quickly.
We're very lucky to live only 3 minutes by car (20 minutes walk) from Hamsterley Forest, where we take the boys 3 or 4 days a week. There's a small shop in the village, good for newspapers, milk, eggs etc. Barnard Castle is a lovely market town 8-10 minutes drive away across the moor, which we usually go to once a week. In the other direction is Bishop Auckland / West Auckland, where there is a large shopping centre (Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S food etc etc), 15 minutes away. Further up the dale there are several nice villages with a selection of good pubs / eateries, plus High Force and lots of other places to go. Durham and Darlington are 40 minutes or so away.
Responsibilities & Pets
We're looking for someone (probably a couple) to look after our two labradors. * You must be confident and competent in handling dogs of this type *.
We've had Bentley from a pup. He's a gentle giant, pretty well bombproof. Fred we've had for the last 3 years having got him from a rescue centre. He's a loving dog and very biddable, although (for a labrador anyway) a bit excitable. They get on well together and are very good with children and (apart from Fred having a 'thing' about GSDs and similar large hairy dogs) are fine with other dogs. They are used to getting walks for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day on average - 10-15 minutes in the fields around the village morning and night and a longer walk (usually in Hamsterley Forest) in the afternoon. They're used to being left in the house for 2-3 hours at a time when we go out. They are kept in the house and more or less have the run of it, though not allowed on furniture....
The house pretty well looks after itself. It's warm, centrally heated and cooking is from gas. We have 30Mbit wifi and a 55" TV. Apart from watering the plants there's not a lot to do house-wise. + More info