Oasis in the City - Lake Merritt Retreat near SF with Sheba!
Currently looking for a sitter for Dec 20-28 OR longer – Dec 20-Jan 3rd. Some date flexibility may be possible.
I am a 38 year old consultant, living with my partner Jorge (a flight attendant) in the SF Bay Area. Given our work... we travel a lot! I've lived all over the country and the world (New York, Boston, Brighton UK, Hunan China to name a few)... and for the past 11 years my sweet dog Sheba has been part of this lifestyle. We've had lots of pet sitters and house sitters - for Sheba, each one is a new adventure. She gets jazzed about making new friends, and helping you learn the ropes of her home. We hope you will too!
Our Home & Location
Welcoming you to our sweet & cozy hillside condo, part of a triplex building just five minutes walk from beautiful Lake Merritt – an oasis in the city of Oakland California. The lake is home to a diverse community of people, a great spot for jogging (scenic 3 mile loop), picnics, and people watching. Within a 15 minutes, walk to the famous Saturday farmers market, historic Grand Lake Theater (now showing current hits and tough to find indie films), and lots of great local shops, restaurants, bars and yoga studios.
Within one mile, you can also reach the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station that takes you directly West into scenic San Francisco in about 15-20 minutes. Visit the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Market Street, Yerba Buena Center, Mission District and beyond by train and on foot as an easy 1/2 day excursion. Or, head North to Berkeley to visit the University of California at Berkeley and a hip downtown scene....
Our home is a 2-bedroom condo with the second room setup as an office and yoga room, so there's space to work.. and work out... if that's your desire. (Sheba will likely join you for both!) The bedroom features a comfy memory foam bed by Brooklyn Bedding. Kitchen features a gas stove. Laundry is onsite, shared with two neighbors.
If you're looking for a sit that allows for maximum flexibility to explore the San Fransisco Bay Area from top to bottom... while still experiencing a nourishing, private and cozy time at home, this is your spot! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
You are about to fall in love. Sheba is an 11 year old Shiba Inu – adorably cute Japanese dog with a spunky attitude and a heart of gold. We joke that she's a "healing" dog, cause she loves people (especially kids!) and provides lots of good vibes in exchange for petting and food. Seriously, she will melt your heart :)
Sheba is pretty easy maintenance at this stage - requires feeding morning and late afternoon/early evening (usually breakfast between 6-8am and dinner 2-6pm), and waks around the same times, plus one before bed. One longer walk, ideally in the morning 45min+ (down to the lake, and maybe 1/2 mile to a mile out and back – or she loves a good hike if you want to get farther away from home).... and two short "pee" walks 15-20 min (just around the block is ok)....
Timing can be somewhat flexible with Sheba. She is an older dog, and does sleep a lot when not doing these things. If you want to get out of the house in the mid-morning or early afternoon, that's fine. If you're hanging out at home, she'll ask for feeding and walking by 2 or 3... if you're out till 5 or 6 from time to time, she'll be ok. FYI depending on her mood and time of day she can be a bit on the pokey side walking (not so much hiking, but when walking around the neighborhood) - especially if it's hot.
The most crucial is that she takes one pill for allergies every morning that must not be missed! If you're here for a longer stay, it's also helpful to brush her, and vacuum once or twice a week. She's got a beautiful coat and does shed quite a bit! + More info