***Date Change*** Babysit Jake!
My wife Dawn & I are early/mid 30s. We recently moved from Glasgow to the quiet of the Scottish Countryside, on the edge of the small village of Buchlyvie. We are both Computer Aided Design Freelancers. Dawn works from home while I get sent out and about for a few days per week so we thought a quiet & peaceful home would be good for us. We've been pretty busy lately and would like a week away - if you can help!
Please get in touch if you like the sound of us. We look forward to hearing from you....
Michael, Dawn & Jake. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our home is a 2-bed/2bath Bungalow in the edge of the village of Buchlyvie. The house itself was built around 3 years ago. It has an open plan kitchen/lounge with a log burning fire. There's also underfloor heating throughout. We have all the usual stuff you'd expect including big TV, netflix, sky etc. and fairly fast broadband.
There's a large garden and a terrace area to sit out on (if the weather's good)....
There's also a forestry /bike track that runs behind the house. You can walk or cycle from there to Aberfoyle (about 6 miles each way). There you will find a few pubs, shops and places to eat.
We have two immediate neighbours. One just next door and one just across the road.
Buchlyvie is around 30 minutes drive from Stirling City centre and around 50 minutes to Glasgow city Centre. Stirling is a medieval old town complete with Castle and other tourist attractions. It's here you'll find the closest large supermarkets and shops - although all will deliver to Buchlyvie if you'd prefer.
The village is 5-10 minute walk from the house. There is a friendly pub, a coffee shop which is also a pottery workshop where you can book a class if you want. There's also a small corner shop which comes in handy if you have a beer or wine emergency.
If you are looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful to relax, with long scenic walks or just somewhere to cosy up with the dog by the fire for a week, then this could be for you.
Local Transport: There are buses from the village to Stirling and the surrounding villages. The closest train stations are Stirling (25-30mins drive) or Milngavie (25-30 mins drive).
If you wanted to get out and about, you would ideally have your own transport although a car could be made available to you pending insurances etc. (a clean license would be a must). + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We adopted Jake about 6 months ago. He is a lurcher and we think he is maybe 5 or 6 years old. He was in a rehoming centre for 9 months before we had him. We don't know much about him before he ended up there but due to the length of time he spent there he's not suited to being in kennels We're looking for someone who is experienced with dogs who can come and stay with him for around a week.
Jake is a lovely dog - with people. He does not get on with other dogs at all so he will need to be muzzled if he is outside (except in the garden). Due to his breed type, he also has a high chase drive. The area is full of wildlife, Grouse, ducks, hare etc. that regularly come into the garden. The field next to our garden has 3 horses that like to come over for a feed and a scratch now and again. Jake will react if you get too close to them. If you're at the other end of the garden, he won't pay them any attention. For that reason, we feel it best if you keep him on the lead at all times. We have a 10 metre training lead that means he can still run about if he wants to....
Unfortunately he cant be left on his own for too long. We have left him for over 6 hours once before. He was in a bad mood with us for days. He seems ok being left alone for around 4 hours.
Jake has arthritis and will need to be given his medication every day. it is 2 pills that can be dropped into his food. He will eat them without any fuss. + More info