Pet sitter for Christmas - tortoises & terrapins in West London
I have 7 terrapins & 2 tortoises - they are friendly & don't bite! I have a nice house in west London.
I have had pet sitters previously and am looking for practical people (preferably a couple) who aren't afraid of reptiles....
I will shortlist you from what you tell me at initial contact and from your profile on this site. Then we'll email to clarify any points. I'll arrange to skype anyone who seems really suitable, so we can have a chat. I will ask for copies of your passport/s; DBS check, fire arms licence or any other documentation you have in terms of police/security checks; references. I'll also want copies of your tickets once we have an agreement for the pet sitting. + More info
Our Home & Location
Lovely, well kept house with off street parking in west London. 2 bedrooms, conservatory, wifi, cable TV, dishwasher, etc. Local shops, restaurants & trains into central London 1/2 mile away. You can be in central London in just 30 minutes. 24 hour night bus within 4 minute walk. Small park next door. River Thames with beautiful walks and pubs just 2 miles away.
Responsibilities & Pets
Tortoises will be in the conservatory, one terrapin is in a tank also in the conservatory, the other terrapins are in tanks in a large brick built shed at the end of the garden. Daily care includes:
* tortoises - cleaning food and water bowls, feeding, some cleaning of their enclosure;
* terrapins - feeding (live mealworms & dried food alternated), checking electrical equipment (heat lamps, filters, pumps, water heaters, etc) & dealing with any failures; checking water levels and topping up as necessary.
You will need to come to stay before I leave so I can show you what to do. I am away 17-19 December and again 21-29 December, but want you to stay for the whole period 16-30 December to ensure there's cover if I have any travel issues....
You will need to buy some fresh tortoise food (organic leaves) from a supermarket a short bus ride away a couple of times during your stay. I will leave the money for this.
If you need to take the pets to the vet, it is an exotic specialist about 6 miles away - I will reimburse taxi fare.
All these pets are low maintenance and once you've done the daily checks and feeding, your time is your own! + More info