Sitters needed for three beautiful (& totally spoilt) pooches!
Hi my name is Gillian, my partner is Paul. Since my children have grown up & flown the nest we have gradually filled the void with gorgeous, loving & beautiful black fur babies.
They complete our lives & we love them dearly but we also like to de-stress with some sunshine once in a while, or more frequently when possible! As we are based in the north east of England, this is not a given! So we travel in search of warmth....
All our babies are rescue dogs & some of them had a difficult start in life. This inevitably has left its mark, especially with Oz. As a result we feel kennels would simply be too stressful for them & we couldn't enjoy our time away from home thinking they were at all unhappy.
We have had sitters who have welcomed our brood into their homes in the past but now there are three we suspect it would be a BIG ask for anyone! Not to mention costly per dog. We also feel, where possible, for our babies to be kept where it feels familiar & within normal routines would be better than anything else. We would welcome like-minded people into our home & our lives to spend time with our most prized possessions (if we can call them that?) & we very much look forward to hearing from any interested parties in the near future. + More info
Our Home & Location
We live in Wolsingham which is described as the gateway to the dale, that being Weardale in County Durham. It is an incredibly beautiful part of the world & we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to live here. There are many, many walks on our doorstep & more still within a very short drive. All our pooches can travel by car although this is best done on empty stomachs to be on the safe side.
Our home is no mansion! We are doing up bit by bit. We have an amazing view of the surrounding hills even though we are fairly central to the village. There are three bedrooms, one of which the pooches share with us....
Our little village has 2 pubs within walking distance, both will accept dogs should you fancy calling in on your way out or back from your walk. Both serve excellent food during daytime & evening. There is also an excellent Italian restaurant if you're up for night out or you can even collect a takeaway if you'd rather stay in! Alternatively there are a couple of cafes which are open during the daytime & a Chinese takeaway too.
Sadly there aren't many shops, but so long as don't require anything too specialised, there should be something to cater for your needs.
Within a relatively short drive is Crook, Consett, Bishop Auckland & further up the valley is Stanhope, another beautiful dales village amongst others. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our dogs aren't very demanding. They are quite happy with one decent (at least 1 hour) walk per day & lots of trips around the garden. That being said, they will go for as long or as often as you like & always get terribly excited at the prospect. Sadly, they aren't the best on leads (our fault with poor training) & will pull given the chance. However, they do respond to being checked although at the beginning of the walk admittedly, this can be quite difficult. Molly & Oz have excellent recall & can be left off lead for most if not all the walk. George is still young & also still learning. He is very good & 9 times out of 10 will return very quickly but sometimes gets distracted & takes a little longer. He too can be walked off lead though for majority of the walks.
Oz once did chase sheep so is always put on the lead if there are any around. As a precaution up to now, we do the same for George. Molly is not interested & can be left off lead without any fear of worrying sheep.
Molly always carries either a ball or a stick but doesn't always want to give it up to be thrown! She is just happy carrying. She also likes to swim daily. Oz & George will go in the water with her but don't swim.
Oz & George are both very friendly & will run over to other dogs & people. This is sometimes a bit intimidating for owners (rarely their dogs) as there are two of them but neither one has ever shown aggression at all. Molly is quite aloof & doesn't really bother with anyone or anything other than you, her walk & the stick she is currently carrying.
Molly is nervous of small children & hates the postman as well as men in hi-viz or red tops! We don't know where this has come from but it makes her unpredictable & her bark can sound quite aggressive as she is a big dog. Ozzy is easily led & can start to bark for no apparent reason if either of the others are doing & we're very sorry to say that George will bark when excited & forgets to stop!
All three are raw fed & also get lots of treats too. They have a little treat first thing after their first pop out in the garden. Then after their main walk they all settle down for a good chew on a bone or something similar which keeps them entertained a little longer. They have tea at 5pm & Yes they do know what time it is & will let you know with a very intent stare, should you forget!
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