Toffee and Fizz like cuddles and walks by the River Thames
We live by the river in Shepperton, Surrey, and are looking for sitters to take care of our whippets, Toffee and Fizz, for multiple sits during 2018-19.
Having taken the hounds on holiday over the past couple of years, we’ve decided to leave them at home for our next couple of trips, and are looking for people who’d like to spend some time enjoying our island home and keeping the dogs company. Having been rescue dogs, kennels are not an option for Toffee and Fizz, who love sofas and human company more than anything in the world.
Our Home & Location
People always describe the island as like being on holiday. It’s car free, and reached by a five-minute walk from where we park our cars. Even though we’re just 20 minutes from Heathrow and not far from the main roads and rail lines into London, it is quiet and peaceful because we are surrounded by trees and water.
The Thames Court pub is just yards from our home and a well-known landmark for day trippers, boaters and walkers alike who stop by to enjoy the beautiful river location....
The island is a friendly and safe community. Help is never far away and our neighbours are fantastic. Our home is one of the more traditional wooden island properties, with three bedrooms, one family bathroom and a small galley kitchen.
The home is full of sofas because the dogs, like all whippets, prefer to lie on sofas, preferably with a warm human sitting next to them.
We have a large, secure secluded garden at the rear of the property where Fizz and Toffee are free to roam when there’s someone at home. The back gate leads out to the towpath and moorings.
About the location
If you love the outdoors, then you’ll love the island as you can walk in both directions along the Thames. If you have a car (or we are happy to look at putting people on our insurance) then you can venture to numerous landmarks nearby such as Hampton Court, Windsor and the parks, Thorpe Park. London is only about 30-40 minutes away by train.
There is a coffee shop yards away from the island, where you can also take a ferry across the Thames to Weybridge, a pretty town bustling with independent boutiques and pubs.
Shepperton is just a 25 minute walk or 10 minute cycle away and is a thriving community boasting two butchers, a green grocers, and small supermarkets. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Fizz and Toffee are both rescue whippets. Originally picked up as stray dogs, they have transformed from nervous animals to loving family pets. Fizz is the older one of the pair and prefers people to dogs. Toffee joined us two years after we rehomed Fizz and is learning good manners from Fizz, who still sometimes tells him off! Toffee loves dogs and people and is definitely the cheekier of the pair.
We’d prefer pet sitters to walk them on the lead as Fizz has a strong prey drive and will not easily come back if she’s on the hunt for a rabbit or squirrel. They are both happy to be walked on the lead....
In winter months, we give them one hour long walk a day. In summer we give them two walks of approx. 45 minutes.
We feed them approx. once a day in the evening. The dogs can be left for up to four hours and will enjoy nothing more than you coming back home to give them a cuddle. + More info
November 2018 | Alan