Pet Sitter needed for 4 weeks
Dave and I moved to Scotland in June 2018 for our retirement home from Essex in England. We were lucky to find a lovely bungalow near to the edge of Galloway Forest and Loch Doon.
Dave was a Chef and I was in Health and Safety....
We have 2 Northern Inuits which like playing and walking, but mostly curling up on the sofas being fussed by a handy human. All 3 cats are house cats so do not go out. They too love cuddles, and the 2 youngest play.
We have previously used a kennel which was a very good one, for Ayla and it proved to be dreadful for her, not for any other reason than she wasn't happy in that environment so house sitting is a perfect answer. + More info
Our Home & Location
We live in a lovely village, Dalmellington, which was a miners village but the mines have closed so there is some unemployment. Despite this it has a great community feeling and has a large doctors surgery, fire station, chemist, 3 local food shops, a fruit and veg shop, 2 hairdressers, plus coffee shops, the thistle for socialising, 1 pub, fuel station, Indian take away, swimming pool.
Our bungalow is in the back garden above other houses around so benefits from lovely views. It has 2 bedrooms, a craft room, lounge, bathroom with bath and seperate shower, and kitchen. It also has a front and side gardens. It is the side garden that is completely fenced and secure....
Rubbish is recycled whenever possible (a council leaflet is attached for information) - we put paper and tins into one of the white bins just outside of the kitchen in the craft room and plastic is put in the other (both labelled). All garden waste is put in the brown bin (collected monthly), non recyclable waste is put in the brown bin,(also collected monthly) and all recyclable waste in put in the trolley bins as labelled which are collected on a Tuesday every week. All food scrapes are put into the green bin which is also collected every Tuesday. Bins must be put out on the street before collection. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Both dogs are Northern Inuits, Ayla is a silver girl and Chaya is a timber boy. Ayla is very playful with Chaya, if this starts indoors then feel free to stop them using the metal cooking tray banged against a hard surface. They are usually in the back garden for play time which works well. Chaya does often instigate play especially towards dinner time, but Ayla will be dominant if this carries on for too long. Ayla is definitely a mummy's girl, Chaya's is a daddy's boy but without the brains he needs! If giving Chaya food, beware that he does snatch food from fingers, whereas Ayla is very delicate when taking food. Ayla has a permanent limp in her left front leg (which if needed she has Metacam - Ayla limps a lot more) and Chaya has OSD3 which is a variant of Ocular Skeletal Dysplasia found in other breeds (Chaya also has Metacam if needed, Chaya screams when getting up from laying down). Because of Chaya's condition, he should be walked on hard surfaces as infrequently as possible - soft surfaces such as sand and grass are far better for him and on the right so that he can still see everything around him in his good eye (he is blind in his left eye). To help with the eye pressure in his bad eye, he is given 1 drop of Cosopt morning and night, while both eyes are given 1 drop of Acular again morning and night. Ayla is also given 2 Youmove tablets at night, and Chaya has 3. Their vets is Vets for Pets in Ayr - Next to Pets at Home, Allison Retail Park, Allison Street, Ayr KA8 8HD - 01292 430530
Chaya is a slow learner so hasn't grasped the basics of training that he should have (he has a hip that is easily dislocated so cannot be forced to sit as normal dogs should be in training. Nor is he grateful for praise only food which is kept to a minimum in order to control any weight gain which will make his OSD3 worse....
Both dogs are fed raw meat in the evening with kibble in the morning. All cats get 2 pouches between all 3 twice a day. Breakfast for all furbabies is between 6 and 8am, while dinner is between 5 and 6pm. Chaya is usually fed in the kitchen and Ayla in the Craft room without the doors needing to be shut. Chaya's evening food is put into the green slow feeder 'bowl', Ayla has her food in a normal metal dog bowl. Some food is kept in the bottom shelf of the freezer with addition stock in the freezer in the shed in the side garden.
Raw food: Each dog is given half of a packet of meat - if there is no tripe mixed in the packet, then a 1/3 of the all tripe packet is added to each bowl. Meat with bone - neck or feet is then added to the top of the bowl. An egg can be added as an extra.
Breakfast (Kibble) is served in the Disney bowls, approximately 400g each, this is taken away by 10am to avoid them picking at this all day. Medication is given at 9pm.
The dogs are both allowed up onto chairs and sofas and will cuddle and sleep for hours. Neither needs long walks as this breed does not need walking as Huskies do. However, they may not return on command to a stranger so please keep them on a lead at all times. Both have a harness to wear for the lead to be attached to, rather than using the collar for attachment. They each have a double lead with a detachable hand lead which can be used for close walking. They also have long lines for easy walking away from roadways.
Although both are capable of sleeping through the night, Chaya gets restless between 2 and 3 which then wakes up Ayla who tries to look after him by waking up the hoomans! They are put into the back garden until they whine (Ayla) or woof (Chaya) and then brought back in quickly as neighbour on left of back door has a young child and wouldn't be great for them to wake him up! If they are brought in too early from this, Chaya has been known to have a poo accident (sure he forgets why he went outside) usually near the craft room door.
All the cats are kept indoors so please ensure the side door lobby doors are closed before opening the side outside door. The kitchen needs to be cat free and closed to the craft room before opening the back door. Finally the front door needs to have its inner door closed before opening it. All these cats will jump up to the top windows if opened so please keep these closed. If you need fresh air then open all the outside doors with their safety doors closed. The lounge and the craft room have air conditioning units to cool the room down, while the craft room and front bedroom have ceiling fans to help cooling. The bedroom fan has a remote. Cats are not usually allowed in the kitchen, and although this is the case with us most times, there is the odd occasion when they manage to sneak in! They will all counter surf if tasty food is left available - even the dogs food when defrosting has been targeted. They have 2 litter trays which are filled with wood pellets - these last 3 to 4 days and are then emptied into a black sack and placed in the green bin. Spare pellets are kept in the black bin in the hall and in the front of the shed.
Pax is the oldest and showing a lot of signs of old age now. He wobbles when walking, is very thin and most bones can be felt, he has got a hole in his righthand cheek as a result of a bad tooth, and has poor sight. Both Tabatha and Shadow are in full health, but watch out for Shadow as he occasionally bullies Tab and that has led to her having a fit. + More info