I need a sitter for my 2 Shepherd/Caucasian Shepherd dogs Age 3years and their 18 month old pup Aslan.
We have recently moved to an extensively renovated 4 bed detached house in Clifton near Preston. It has good size gardens front and rear and is surrounded by fields on all sides. The property is encased by mature trees on three sides and by hedgerows and open fields on the west side. We have three dogs - mum Bonnie Dad Cairnie and pup Aslan. Mum is a small German shepherd Cairnie is a shepherd cross with a Caucasian Shepherd and Aslan has come out White Caucasian Shepherd. He's heavier and bigger than his 40kg dad at 18months. Cairnie is a gentle hippy who understands much but says little - Bonnie is a fawning lovable character with people and especially gentle with children of all ages whom she adores but can be jealous when other dogs approach - she is ball obsessed and likes to work when on walks. Aslan is still young - gentle by nature and with people but tries to protect his mum from trouble if a dog approaches her by standing in the way. Away from his mum he is relaxed and gentle with other dogs and can be very sensitive and gentle with children especially those aged around 7-11.
Our Home & Location
The house is an extensively renovated 4 bed detached house - which has been substantially extended by the previous owners who it must be said we're design gurus. The house - as one workman we had come to the house said " just sucks your soul". In side and out from the kitchen to the driveway everything has been completely remodelled to create a private rural haven . We have only been in the property a few months and although the heating and electrics needed some correction we are still in awe of the vision that has created the present house from the tiny two bedroom chicken farm it was from being built in 1940 until 2005.
Responsibilities & Pets
Care for and feed and walk Cairnie and Bonnie and the magical and unique Aslan and keep the house clean and tidy. B&C are now parents and very friendly with people including children. Bonnie is especially very polite with small children touching them gently with her nose to elicit a response. Cairnie is more enthusiastic. He loves every thing and every one. But he is very gentle and knowing with disabled children. He actually seems to smile all the time he is near children. Cairnie is also great with other dogs and totally trustworthy to the call. Bonnie can get protective if a dog runs upquickly to her walker but she only warns with a bark and can chase them off if they persist. However for her own protection we muzzle her if she is walking off lead in an environment where she may meet other dogs.Cairnie is just totally chilled. They sleep downstairs and don't go upstairs and they use the paddock garden as their adventure playground. Cairnie can pull on the lead but if you pull the lead and stop walking and talk to him he remembers and walks to heel. Bonnie walks quietly until she is let off the lead then loves to run and chase her ball. They are calm and quite sleepy in the house. They generally come in the lounge for a cuddle though they prefer the hall and the kitchen where it is cooler. But all do come in for spontaneous cuddles. Alsatian's must never be fed before a walk or other exercise. Only after. They feed twice a day. Lunch and dinner after walks. Aslan will Be one year and 8 months old by April. There are two large parks near by and that will be the best and safest environment for them to walk. The dogs can also be walked on the beach and Sandhills in lytham where we lived until recently and these are around 6 miles away on a straight road.
Aslan is the white floppy eared pup of Bonnie and Cairnie. His great grandfather was a white Caucasian Shepherd so his colour is a throw back. He is a calm loving magical young dog. He may be walked separately at the local park as he is relaxed socialising on his own and he can also go on full walks with his parents. Dad Cairnie accompanies him on walks they run a lot together. Sometimes I walk Bonnie on her own so she has all the attention whilst she plays with her ball. Occasionally we go on a woodland walk with them maybe twice a week. This means there are sometimes 3 dog walks a day. Two for all the dogs and one for Aslan. You don't get to walk far with Aslan because people always stop to ask about him. He is also a familiar face in the local park's café. You need a car to drive the dogs to their walks. A hatchback would be best. But if your car isn't big enough provided you have insurance that covers third party driving and a clean driving licence I would lend the use of our 4x4 Honda. The distance needed to be covered wouldn't extend to more than 2 -7 miles for the walks as they are all relatively nearby.