Sitter for Murphy
My name is Elaine and I have lived in Scotland for the last 8 years but have family and friends in Essex that I like to visit regularly. I’m 62 years old and I have been off work for 2 years with a knee injury. Since then I have started water aerobics 3 mornings a week and go swimming everyday at a local hotel that has a great leasure centre only minutes away from my home. I go to art class at a local community centre every Thursday evening and I do lots of knitting and art at home. I love cooking and eating with friends. I was a self employed Carer until my leg gave up on me. My ideal job would be working with children. My house is like toys are us as I often have my grandchildren round. I treat people how I like to be treated with kindness and respect. I’m honest and require honesty from others. I’m told I am a bubbly and positive person. I often have my daughters dog, Lola round to play with Murphy, she also loves coming to Nannies house for sleepovers with the grandchildren. I love being with family and friends.
I have a static caravan up on the Moray coast that can be used from April till October if you would rather wake up in the countryside like I do in the summer. I’m very friendly and out going. If I make friends, I keep friends. That’s why I go back to Essex so often, lots of friends to visit.
Our Home & Location
I own the ground floor of a large house that has been split into 2 large homes. I have a cottage style garden with a play area for children where dogs are not allowed. I have a garage and conservatory. The main bedroom has on suite shower room. There is also a spare double and twin bedroom. The kitchen and lounge are large but, homely.
There is plenty to do in Peterhead. I am in walking distance of Lidol, Home bargains, Halfords, Asda, chemists, chip shop, Chinese takeaway, post office and hotel with pool, spa, steam room and sauna as well as a beautiful beach and green spaces to take Murphy for ball games....
I also have a 4 berth static caravan up on the Moray coast that can be used from April to October. It is 45 minutes away and Murphy loves it there. He hates the car and will wine all the way there and back but, it’s worth it. You wake up to a lovely view of fields with sheep cows and horses. There is a dog park on site to play ball games and it is near beautiful beaches and shops but, you will need a car. If I’m going away by train, my car witness available for this. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
To feed Murphy every morning. To take him for a walk and ball game morning and afternoon/evening. To make a fuss of him, play with him and make sure he is happy. His favorite game is catching and bringing back his ball. I use a ball lobber for this game. He will always stay near you and come back when called. He needs a lead around town but I let him off lead at fields and beaches. Murphy hates going in the car. He will happily get in but, he starts to wine as soon as you start the engine. I would recommend taking him in a car for more than an hour as he would get too stressed out. You would be welcome to take him to my caravan for a few days if you want to see more of Scotland while you stay. He loves to be stroked and play games but, he doesn’t like to be cuddled.
Murphy is a rescue dog. I got him when he was 5/6 years old. I went to his home to look after him while his owners were away. He was very withdrawn and hid under the dining table most of the time shaking. He was afraid when I put food down for him but, he loved going out for a run or to play ball. I had him for two weeks in his own home and he gradually got more confident and friendly. I thought he was just missing his owners but, when they arrived home, instead of being excited to see them he hid behind me cowering. I took him out for a walk and when we got back he refused to go back inside. The owners said he wanted to go home with me and were happy to let him go. I hadn’t wanted a dog because I was in rented accommodation and no pets allowed. In the end I had to take him with me. He is now very confident and loves to meet new people. Problem is he is so excited he tends to jump up at people unless they ignore him for a while. He will sit right beside you as close as he can and pester you to stroke him till you tell him “enough” and then he will settle down. They say pets become like their owners.