Flagstaff Chessie in need of cuddly sitter for a long weekend away!
Hi folks! My name is Jordan, and I live in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. I work in the laboratory at the hospital in town, and in my free time I enjoy taking the pupper outside on one of the many hikes in the area. I like to get out of town when my schedule allows, but often cannot bring the dog with me. The few times I have boarded him at a kennel have not been ideal (kennel cough, ugh!) and I'd like him to be as relaxed as possible when I'm away - he's my best bud!
Our Home & Location
My home is in Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't let the state fool you, Flagstaff is not in the same Arizona as Phoenix! It sits at 7,000 feet, tucked atop the San Francisco Peaks. It's known to get inches of snow in winters, and up to low 90 degree temps in the summers. There is plenty to do around town - Flagstaff is the very first International Dark Sky City and boasts the very telescope that discovered Pluto! The observatory is something to see. There is also a ski slope about 25 minutes from my house, and the majestic Grand Canyon is one hour from my doorstep!
My place is three bedrooms, two baths, two stories, with a two car garage and large yard complete with a fire pit and benches. There is a train that runs behind the house, so ear plugs may be in order at night for light sleepers. There are several hiking trails that are within walking or driving distance from the house, and the neighborhood is friendly and safe for dog walks as well!
Responsibilities & Pets
Bartie (Bart, Bartholomew) is super low maintenance! He's an 11 year old, 95 lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix with the energy of a dog half his age. He likes to wrestle and play, and I walk him daily (around the neighborhood or in the woods behind my house). He does have some arthritis in his hips, so I don't push it has hard as we used to when he was a spring chicken! Feedings are twice a day, once in the am, once in the pm, and while I'm out of the house, he gets free reign of the place. If the weather is stormy, he does get some anxiety, and in those situations I close him in the kennel if thunder is eminent - this is for his protection, as he tends to get destructive when it thunders and he can really hurt himself. I never leave him out in the yard while I'm out of the house, but he can last a full work day inside with no problems. At night, he does like to jump on the bed to sleep, but I discourage this since he is SO HAIRY! He is not allowed on the furniture. If I'm headed out for longer days, I leave him kongs full of frozen peanut butter or bones for a special treat. He's such a sweetheart, and loves to be as close to the humans as possible!