Two friendly Mastiffs need sitters in 17th century Northamptonshire cottage
We are a couple in our sixties. Clive is retired and Sarah works as a marketing and sales manager with a local company. We live in Kilsby, Northamptonshire, with our two large but friendly Mastiff dogs, Bella and Oscar. When not hosting our grandchildren we like to travel. When we're not able to take the dogs with us we use the local kennels, but we like the option of Trusted House Sitters when away for periods in excess of a few days.
Our Home & Location
KIlsby is a village in Northamptonshire of around 1000 people. It is close to the town of Rugby which is over the county border in Warwickshire. We live in one of the oldest houses in the village, a well-appointed 17th century four bedroom thatched house, with a large enclosed garden to the rear. There is strictly no smoking on the property, and there is off-street parking if required. There are two pubs and a village shop within easy walking distance, but for larger shops a visit to Rugby is necessary. There is a bus service (twice an hour) into Rugby, or a car journey into the centre takes approximately 10 minutes. The house has a pair of electrically operated gates leading into a courtyard. Once these gates are closed the courtyard and garden are completely enclosed and the dogs can roam the property.
Responsibilities & Pets
Bella and Oscar pretty much look after themselves! They need to be fed twice each day; first thing in the morning and early evening, and water bowls should be replenished as required. They enjoy being taken for a walk at least once each day around the village. Although the village is in the countryside, there is nowhere the dogs can be let off the lead without a short car journey, so we don't expect house sitters to do this. For most of the rest of the time they can be either in their kennels in the garden, or in the house, although they prefer to be wherever you are! Dog poo needs to be collected from the garden and disposed of daily. Other than keeping the house clean and tidy, there are no specific house-related issues to be attended to.