Short Notice Holiday
We are Debbie and Gordon Dumble, a retired couple looking for someone we can trust to look after three of our five dogs (all rescues, but we kennel the two larger ones) and five chickens when we are unable to take them on holiday with us. We visit our Son in the Scottish Borders and our friends in Wales a few times a year as well as the odd longer holiday.
Our Home & Location
We live in Elsenham, a village equidistant from Bishops Stortford and historic Saffron Walden, home to the beautiful English Heritage owned Audley End Estate and the equally beautiful Thaxted. We are also near to Stansted Airport but not that near as to be affected by it. The village is on the mainline railway into Liverpool St and the nearest M11 link is a 15 min drive away. We’ve lived in our house for 20 years this year, during which time we’ve renovated and extended our basic 3 bed, 1 bathroom bungalow to a 4 bed, 3 bathroom house. We live in a private no through road with lovely neighbours. There is a B&B next door. Five minutes walk away there is The Crown pub, a One Stop shop, Indian Takeaway, Hairdressers, Post Office and our beautiful St Mary’s Church which is over 900 years old. Also, Cambridge is a 1/2 hr drive north on the M11.
Responsibilities & Pets
We’d love to be able to go on holiday with peace of mind and knowing that our dogs (our babies!) are well looked after and loved as if we were with them.
We have acquired them all over a number of years, we have 2 large dogs and 3 terriers....
Coco - Neutered - Female Chocolate Labrador - 8 years old. We’re Cocos 3rd owners (within 3 months) she came to us 6 years ago. Like all Labs she’s a real attention seeker, is ball obsessed, loves water and is very loving and loyal. We try to entertain her without the terriers as they all chase and bully her. As she’s such a handful we usually put her in kennels.
Ringo - Neutered - Male Carpathian Sheepdog (Romanian Rescue) - 2 1/2 years old. We found Ringo at 8 weeks old wandering around a market place at Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle!). We left him with a rescue out there (Romanian Underdogs) who send rescued strays to the UK. After we left him, they found he had Distemper and a skin allergy so we couldn’t get him over for 6 months. He still suffers with the skin allergy so he’s on a prescription diet. Due to his poor start in life, he also suffers with his legs so only has walks on a lead. He doesn’t like squirrels or pigeons in the garden! He’s a big boy and can be unpredictable, so we put him with Coco in kennels.
Dolly - Not Neutered - Female YorkiePoo - 5 1/2 years old. We’ve had Dolly for 4 1/2 years. She’s a bossy little madam and rules the roost! She has separation issues and hates being left, she barks people in and out! She sucks her scrap of a teddy when she’s going to sleep.
Ozzy - Neutered - Male Maltese Terrier - 15 years old. We’ve had Oz for 3 years. He came to us as his previous owner, who’d had him from a puppy, has 3 young teenage sons, one with Autism, her marriage had failed and she couldn’t cope. Whilst with her, somebody attached him and beat him around the head, so he has a wired lower jaw and no teeth which is why his tongue hangs out. He also has a skin allergy so needs to be stopped when gnawing his paws. Until Ringos arrival, Oz was the man of the house and will take every opportunity to bully Ringo. He loves his cuddles and doesn’t walk much, we usually take his carrying bag on walks as he still likes to join us and be nosey.
Meg - Not Neutered - Shitsu X - 10 years old. We’ve had Meg for 2 years now. We’re not sure how many owners she’s had but she came from a rescue to her previous owners. Her elderly lady died and a week later her husband had a stroke. Meg is a lovely, loving, loyal girl. She’s another of my shadows. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to bark and both Dolly and Meg can set the others off.
The 5 hens are fed, watered and left to free range in the garden. All of the dogs are used to them and ignore them. They love to lurk under the bird feeder and grab whatever they can, they love mealworms, porridge made with warm water and other titbits. They put themselves to bed at dusk and we just go and secure their coop.
Other than the animals, the rubbish collection is on a Friday. + More info