Lovely German Shephard and house in the Cotswolds
We are youngish (in our early 50s), fit and active with a long experience of owning and loving animals. Paul has had dogs since he was a child and I've had both cats and dogs since I can remember! We are the proud owners of the beautiful Kai, a lovely German Shephard who goes absolutely everywhere with us, as can be seen in our profile picture! Paul is a stickler for good training and she is truly the best trained dog I've ever met!
We both work. Paul in telecommunications and I work in education. We are new to house sitting, although we have had sitters to look after Kai before. We have weeks here and weekends there where we would love to sit for you. We usually need to bring Kai with us. She is great with other dogs and quite used to wandering round near chickens and sheep without bothering them. Better to keep her away from cats though! She never goes in the living room or up stairs at our house....
We have travelled extensively, and would like to spend more time getting to know other places, humans and animals. We would like to sit for an extended period over the summer of 2019. We are responsible, reliable and house proud, so will care for your animals and property as we care for ours. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our house is in the beautiful village of Winchcombe in the heart of the Cotswolds. Ideal for walking, biking and soaking up this lovely area. The house and garden are low maintenance which would just need a bit of watering when dry. There all the amenities you need in walking distance. Cleeve Hill is a 15 minute drive and Kai knows it by heart. Cheltenham, home to jump racing, the famous jazz festival and literature festival is a 20 minute drive away. It is a perfect base to explore the Cotswolds and the surrounding areas.
The house is quite comfortable, with everything being reasonably new. High speed broadband, dishwasher, small garden, good heating etc. There will be little or no house duties. You'd be better to spend your time exploring the area. The neighbours are friendly and will offer any help as will nearby family members who cannot sit full time due to work/school commitments. If you need a dog-free away day at the weekend this can be arranged as well. Afraid no pets will be allowed as we prefer not to have animals on the carpet....
As you may be able to tell I am a very honest and up-front person. If you have any questions or clarifications then feel free to contact us. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We are looking for a sitter in January 2019 to look after a German shepherd called Kai. She's 7 years old who is very well trained, but being a shepherd is not easily kennelled. Hence keeping her in an environment she knows is very important to both of us. As is finding a sitter who is strong, but kind. She can take liberties so a 'no' must mean a 'no'. If you are familiar with dogs you will know what I mean.
She will require 3 walks per day. Two of which are a 5 minute visit to the local field (80m away) where she does 'her business'. The other would need to be a longer walk. Anything from an hour to, well, until you are tired. There are a myriad of walks near here and one particular hill which she knows very well. Kai is trained not to chase sheep, cows or horses. She is allowed to chase rabbits and squirrels (easy exercise), but has little chance of catching anything. She is excellent with other dogs and more likely to run away than face any sort of aggression. She can be completely controlled by voice only and often gets compliments for her behaviour....
The downside to an otherwise ideal dog (as well as the moulting hair) is that she is trained to guard the house (previously Paul had a remote country house) so visitors will be aggressively barked at. Somehow she has translated this into men being unsavoury and women generally being absolutely fine. Thus, we would prefer a lady to sit or am happy with a couple provided the man is confident with dogs. (You will know the tips and techniques I am talking about.) This defending only occurs in the house or car and has the advantage of you not necessarily having to lock the doors at night. You will feel very safe, but answering the door to the postman is a pain....
If you have any questions or clarifications then feel free to contact us. + More info