Dog Sitter Sought
We are a couple who live with our two lovely Westies, Daisy and Archie, on the edge of the Peak District in West Yorkshire. Daisy is 11 years old and losing her sight and it is for this reason that we would like dog sitters rather than putting our dogs in kennels. Both dogs love the outdoors although Daisy cannot walk as far as she once could. They both have completely different personalities but both love cuddles and playing (Archie with a stick outside, Daisy with a tennis ball inside). We hate to leave them whenever we go somewhere so knowing they would be looked after by animal lovers will make trips away a bit easier!
Our Home & Location
The house is located on the outskirts of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Holmfirth is 3 miles away, which is where the nearest shops are although there are a couple of pubs within a mile or so. The house is situated on it's own (no neighbours) although there are a few houses a couple of hundred feet down the road. The house has 4 bedrooms, one bathroom, a downstairs toilet, kitchen and two reception rooms. There are also gardens to the front and side and a large parking area at the bottom of the drive.
Responsibilities & Pets
The dogs would need to be walked once a day, they are most used to afternoon walks. They are walked on long leads. Daisy is quite slow whilst Archie is full of beans. There is a track behind our house, which is their usual walk but there are a number of options around and about. Archie isn't a massive fan of other dogs so it's better to keep him on a short lead if you see other dogs (although he's friends with a large labradoodle called Moby who lives down the road).
They love being out in the garden and barking at passers by, bird, planes, clouds etc etc. Please shut the gates whenever they are let outside.
Daisy has a condition called dry eye, which means she cannot produce tears so her eyes get quite gunked up with 'sleep'. We put drops in, (which she hates), but if you give her a treat afterwards she soon forgets! It's best to do this with Archie out of the room as he tends to get quite protective!
The dogs sleep in the kitchen. They sometimes wake up early and bark to be let out for the toilet, when they come back in they are used to coming up and sleeping on our bed but this is not something we necessarily expect sitters to have to put up with!! However, it's worth knowing because they will make for the stairs as soon as they some back in!! Although house trained, sometimes Daisy doesn't let us know she needs a wee in time and will wee on the kitchen floor. However, this is very rare and if she is let out just before bed then this is even less likely to happen.
They eat dry food and we tend to give them one cup full each at tea time, which often lasts them into the next day. They let us know if they're hungry! Daisy sometimes gets a little territorial with the food and growls at Archie but they manage to sort themselves out. We also put the food on the sink drainer at night because the food attracts slugs from the garden. We leave the water down though.
We hope all these details make sense. It may not seem it but they are fairly low maintenance dogs and are very affectionate and cuddly! Thanks for looking at our profile, Becky and Richard