Exeter, gateway to the South West- and three delightful dogs
We live in a comfortable four bedroom house with a pleasant garden in a quiet location in Exeter, Devon - a charming small city. I am a vet and work long hours, but my husband is retired, so our three dogs are used to having lots of company. However, he does play golf, so they are used to being left alone for 5 to 6 hours on a regular basis. We have small grandchildren, and the dogs are very good with them. They sleep in our bedroom, but we would not expect you to sleep with them unless you chose to! We are a short walk to a large park where they expect an hour long romp most days, with ball chasing a favourite activity. The labradors love a dip in the stream at the end of the walk.We are planning to be away for a weekend in August, 2 weeks in September, 1 week in October and 3 weeks Feb/Mar 2018.
Our Home & Location
Exeter is a lovely small city with many attractions, all the amenities, good road, rail and air access and with nearby beaches, Dartmoor, Cornwall all very accessible. Our home is in a quiet location two miles from the city centre. There is a nearby bus stop with regular buses to the city. A small local shop is a short walk away. A taxi to the city costs about £6-7. So use of a car is not essential. We have four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom is ensuite and has access to the garden. The dogs sleep here too, and it is not unheard of for Bea to join us on our bed in the night! The fourth bedroom has a child's bed in it. The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, microwave oven and dishwasher. We have a utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. The garden is very private, well treed and full of bird life. A 10 minute walk gets you to Mincinglake Valley Park, a huge area of woodland and Newfoundland with lovely wild flowers, birds and insects- and a fabulous place for dog walks.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our three dogs are all interesting and fun characters. Penga is the oldest, an eight year old Yorkie cross with a touch of 'small man syndrome'. He can take a day or two to fully trust new people - but his stomach is the way in to his affections! Offer him a few treats and he is your friend! He is not a huge fan of being picked up, and although he has never snapped at a child, we do not allow the grandchildren to chase him around, as he used to be afraid of children and we do not want him to regress. They love to feed him.
Shumba is a seven year old male neutered Labrador, a lovely gentle boy who just loves to chase balls and seldom comes back from a walk without finding a new one. He loves meeting new people and will always bring you a present when you arrive. Pick up his lead and he is yours!...
Bea is our little princess, a two year old Labrador who loves everyone and everything. If you are few minutes late with her food, she will soon let you know! When not wrestling with Shumba, she loves to watch TV.
They are all neutered and in good health. Shumba needs anti-inflammatory tablets for arthritis from time to time.
We would expect you to sleep in the house every night.
Feeding of dogs twice a day.
A daily good walk, or 2 shorter ones if you are planning a day out.
Water garden if needed. Fill up bird food.
Take dogs to the vet if any concerns. If necessary I could arrange for someone from my surgery to collect a dog. + More info