Doggie Cuddles Needed in Oxfordshire Countryside
I live with my partner and we both have stressful jobs with long hours I work for a Bank as a Mortgage Business Development Manager and Pete, my partner does shift work driving coaches to the Airports, so try and get away whenever we can, 3 or 4 times a year, he also loves Iron Maiden, you will see various bits in the house and we have all the CD's (as well as others) if you want a listen, but we also like to go to their concerts. I love to cook, so watch out for the sharp chef knives in the kitchen, although I do ask these don't go in the dishwasher.
We have one dog, Edd, who is a rescue Staff Cross, loves loads of cuddles, feed him twice a day and a short walk daily is all he really needs, but does not like to be left alone more than 4 hours or so, he can be nervous, so those if you have dog experience this would be great. We are new to this, but it would be good if we could find some people that may like to return again in the future, although Edd gets on with everyone and you will soon have him eating out of your hand, literally "did someone say treat". We are also happy to try new sitters to the site if verified. We are smokers and normally smoke in the house, happy not to do this if you are there for our hand over if you prefer, and do try to ventilate the house and use automatic air fresheners.
Our Home & Location
Now with an 8 seater hydrotherapy hot tub.
Bungalow with 2 beds, large garden, shower room with walk in power shower, top of the range smeg induction hob and smeg double oven, separated combi oven, pod coffee maker, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer available. In the kitchen there is a breakfast bar with 4 stools....
In the front room there is a 60" tv in with sky Q, blue ray player, Xbox & Xbox one, with access to Netflix, also 600 DVD's to choose from, there are 2 sofa's and a reclining chair (which is where you will find Edd, if he is not having a cuddle), there is also an air conditioner.
Bedroom 1 has a high king size bed, and 50" tv with free view and Amazon fire tv, along with blue ray DVD player. Bedroom 2 has a standard double bed.
The living space is open plan and the family area there is a double sofa bed, and patio doors that lead out to patio area with, hot tub, table and chairs and gas BBQ. Patio goes round the house and there is further seating near the second patio doors to the living room, and the grassed area.
The cabin you can see in the photos is an office, with light and heating, a hot water machine, desk and chair, if this is needed please let us know.
Edd has beds in the cabin, living room and main bedroom, although he thinks the second bedroom is his and can be often found on the bed. He also sleeps on the sofa's depending on where people are and what view he wants, he is very socialble.
We have high speed broadband that covers both the house and the cabin. There is parking on the drive either before or after the gate, if both used you can park 5 cars with ease.
We have a cleaner who comes once a week and lives nearby so local if any questions etc. She will even take some ironing for you if you want (will charge for this, but cleaning included).
As a bungalow suited for the less mobile, there is one step at each entrance to the house, the shower rise is only an inch from the floor, there is a high rise toilet, higher bed in main bedroom, one of the sofa's in the living room is on raisers and we even have a mobility scooter that can be used to explore the local area if you wish (this is all because I have arthritis and have had 2 hip replacements).
We are smokers and do smoke in the house, but happy to go outside once you arrive, and do try to ventilate or control the smell in the house.
Situated in the village of Standlake so rural, with just a local shop and pub about 10 minute walk away, but Witney with everything you may need is just 5 miles away including shops, restaurants and a Cinema so a car is best, there is a bus that comes hourly or so but not in the evenings. Standlake is known for its lovely lakes, so lots of enjoyable walks and scenery, we also have a stock car track near by if you want to go and watch on a Sunday. Oxford is just 15 miles away, so you can also enjoy all of the lovely attractions and architecture of the city. Local villages offer some wonderful places to eat. Cotswold wildlife park, Chimney meadows nature park and Blenheim Palace are all close by or maybe you prefer lunch or a walk by the Thames. Millets Farm is about a 10 min drive, there you can find a garden centre, farm shop with bakery , deli (with a massive choice of cheese, and a wine selection to go with it) and butchers, a falconry centre, pick your own fruit and veg, a restaurant servicing the produce grown on the farm and even a maze. They also have an animal walkway where you can view rescued or older animals enjoying their retirement. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Edd is a lovely rescue dog who has not been treated well in the past and although loves people, he does not get on with other dogs so can't board. He is nervous with loud noises (and can't be left alone on fireworks night, but has calming tablets to help, he will just tried and hide and shake, he feels safer if covered by cushions or a blanket) and gets excited at walk time, but behaves well on the lead when you get going (we do not take him off the lead) because of his past he has arthritis now, so doesn't need long walks and hates the rain, if he goes to far he will keep going but feel it later, but if whimpers has a pain killer which you can give him once a day. I work based at home and on the road so he is not alone for more than 4/5 hours. He loves to play with his toys ( but don't expect them to be given back if you throw them). His favourite time is cuddle up on the sofa while you watch tv, he loves lots of strokes, cuddles and belly rubs, and will sit and give paw or even bow for a treat. He does get the run of the house, and even gets on the bed, but when your ready to go to sleep just tell him it's bedtime and he will get into his own. He understands breakfast, dinner, treat, wait, no, get in, sit, stay, steady, gently, paw, other paw, wee wee, bed time, bed time wee wee, on your bed, on your chair, kisses, tickle belly and cuddles. He is cheeky no will give you those eyes for a treat, he generally gets one in the evening and if good a training treat, he also loves carrots and cuecumber so can have these more often. We try and keep him on his diet, 85g dry food at 8am (or when he gets up, as not a morning dog) and again at 5.30 with half a tin of meat at dinner time, and he knows the time so will get restless, or whine if you have missed dinner. If we go out we leave the Disney channel on for him. He has a loud bark, but only does this at the door bell, or if sees someone coming near the house.
The bell is on the gate, with signs not to come in, as the front and back of the house are the same area. The postbox is on the wall by the gate, so will probably need emptying. Depending on the weather (and I can't grantee that) there are a few plants in the garden that will need a water, or even the lawn....
Rubbish day is a Thursday, food waste goes weekly - we have a caddy in the kitchen with bags, then a bigger box outside, recycling, garden and household waste are in bins (and a box for glass) and go every other week, but there is a calendar in the kitchen to tell you which week it is.
Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's all deliver, if you want, or Witney has a Waitrose, M&S and Sainsbury's. We also have a couple of take always that deliver, covering everything including sushi, pizza, kebab, Indian or Chinese. On a Saturday there is a mobile fish and chip van that parks at the local shop from around 4-8, or a pizza van on a Tuesday. + More info