Central London flat: two large, nervous, friendly rescues
Hi! I live in central London with my two rescue dogs (Mister and Bear) and an elderly female ferret called Button. I enjoy going to festivals but most of them aren't pet friendly, so I would love to offer people long weekends in London in return for keeping the beasts happy. I also think it's important that they learn to handle my being away - I've only left Mister for more than a few hours once so far, and Bear not at all, and I do have plans to holiday again :) Button sleeps for about 22 hours a day so I am not convinced she notices what is going on :)
I can be pretty flexible if you want an extra day - even a few- either end of a sit - or fancy a break in London: just drop me a line :)
Our Home & Location
Pimlico is right in the heart of London, but still has a friendly community - I'd be surprised if you don't end up having a few conversations with people who recognise the dogs when you're out and about locally :)
Transport is easy - Pimlico tube is close by, as are Victoria mainline and bus stations, and there are regular busses as well as a lot of taxis in the area. Walking is definitely an option too - it's about 20 minutes on foot to Parliament Square, and 40 to Parliament Square....
Food and drink options are also plentiful - there are pubs, local and national chain cafes and restaurants and shops of all sizes everywhere in the area, plus of course all London can offer, usually no more than half an hour away.
My flat is a two bed (both doubles), split level, purpose-built one, off the road and with its own small garden and balcony. Given the size, it is very obviously the home of two dogs and a ferret, but if you're a dog lover you'll understand :) + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Button will need almost nothing, aside from food and water, but she will also enjoy a few minutes walking around with you, being given treats and a tickle. She's learning to be OK with the dogs, but at her age she mostly sleeps.
The dogs are recent rescues (one over the summer, one a 'failed' foster just before Christmas) so they are still learning how to be safe. Bear is gentle, timid and pretty quiet unless he is playing with Mister or thinks there are invaders. Mister is more confident with people but after a harder start, borderline reactive to certain things (he is scared of engines, especially motorbikes, and feet, but we have been working on this and he's improving all the time). Both are good natured, though, and love to run about in the local dog park, play fetch, indoors and out, chew everything and have their ears tickled. Also food. They are BIG fans of food....
They like a couple of hours off lead each day (i.e. 2 x 1 hour) - this can be in the dog exercise area or other local parks (Battersea is nice) - and they need something - usually an on-lead walk - in the evening to prevent fouling in the house. (They are so close to nailing this, but there are accidents - usually Bear). They walk increasingly well on the lead, especially separately, though Bear is scared and liable to put the brakes on, whilst Mister is excited and liable to accelerate....
They settle well if they are ignored, or you are out, but this can take a few minutes.
I'm trying to tread a line here between making them sound too hard and too easy - I adore them, they get along well, and for someone with experience of dogs they would be no problem. For someone used only to small breeds, unused to rescues, or at all nervous of rough play, they're not going to be a good fit. I do hope that makes sense! + More info