Sitter needed for 2 dogs/2 cats in Boston suburb
We moved to Massachusetts in 2013 from New Mexico for grad school and purchased our home in 2014. Charlie is finishing up his PhD in chemistry at Harvard and Jennifer works as a veterinary technician at a busy clinic in Davis Square. Outside of work, our lives revolve around our pets and traveling. Charlie enjoys home brewing beer and Jennifer enjoys photography and studying new languages. We enjoy hiking with the dogs and have recently taken up camping!
We're seeking a responsible pet sitter for our upcoming trip in May to celebrate Charlie's graduation as our close friend (who usually sits for us) is unavailable.
Our Home & Location
Our home is in Medford, MA, located about 5 miles north of Boston. It is a single-family home in a fairly quiet neighborhood within walking distance to Medford Square. Boston is accessible via bus+metro and can be reached in as little as 30 minutes (depending on time of day). Ride Share Apps are also very popular here (we frequently use Uber & Lyft). Medford Square has plenty of nice restaurants to choose from, offering a variety of cuisines. Davis Square is also nearby (a long walk or short bus ride) and has very popular bars and restaurants. A car would make getting around easier, but is certainly not required!
Our home is two levels. Kitchen, Dining, and Living Room on first floor. Bedrooms (3) and bathroom (1) on second floor. Laundry (washer & dryer) is located in the basement. We have hardwood floors throughout, with accent rugs. We recently acquired a Roomba vacuum robot, which works fairly well (though will get stuck on black carpet). Regular vacuum & broom/Swiffer are also available, as well as a small carpet cleaner. We also have a pellet stove for those cold days!...
The smaller bedroom is mostly used as a home gym, including a treadmill, a variety of dumbbells, and yoga matt. The cat's also share this room (dogs are restricted to keep them from eating the cat food) - 2nd pair of food/water bowls and main litter box are in here.
We have high speed WiFi throughout the home (password will be provided). We do not have cable, but do have an Amazon Fire Cube with access to Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. We also have an HD-Antenna for local stations (ABC, NBC, Fox, etc). Feel free to sign in to your own streaming services if preferred.
The appliances are all electric and we have a plethora of kitchen gadgets that are available for use.
Our town has weekly trash pickups (Fridays) and recycling is picked up every other Friday. The wheeled trash bins will need to be placed on the curb the morning of and brought back up to the house by the evening.
Our yard is completely fenced in and the gate should be latched & secured with the clip at all times. We do not currently have any plants/garden, so no need to worry about watering anything aside from the pets! If the weather is nice, the dogs can stay outside for as long as they like (just please check on them from time to time). Lacey, in particular, loves to be outside! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
First and foremost, Lacey is epileptic. She takes two medications to control seizures twice daily (AM & PM). Her seizures have been very well controlled on these medications, but breakthroughs can happen - though not frequent (about 2-3 times per year). She is easily medicated with a small treat (pill pocket) and she will often wait to get her medications before she'll start eating.
Lacey is also kept in her kennel whenever leaving the home - she will get bored and may become destructive otherwise....
Porsche is happiest cuddled with you on the couch. She may try to steal your spot if you get up! She is not on any medications.
Both dogs are fed twice daily (AM & PM) and eat the same food. We have a fenced in yard for them to go potty and hang out (please always check to make sure the gate is latched & secured with the clip). You are also more than welcome to take them for walks!
The dogs need to be let out to go potty first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you're at home, they can go out as often as they want (and can stay outside for long periods if the weather is nice). Please let them out before leaving for the day and when returning. They're used to being left alone for up to 8-9 hours a day (while we're normally at work).
Max is very shy of new people and may take a few days to warm up to you. He can often be won over with treats (Temptations are his favorite). He does not like to be picked up, but will cuddle with you on his own accord. He is not on any medications.
Oliver is very personable. He does not like typical cat treats but loves bread and will practically steal it right out of your hands. He was treated for a urinary obstruction in October 2018 but has not had any problems since. Please keep an eye on him - if you notice he's frequently in and out of the litter box, don't hesitate to call the vet. He is not currently on any medications.
Both cats are INDOOR only (Oliver may try to tell you otherwise). They have dry food available at all times and eat canned food twice daily. They're not big eaters and will often leave food in their bowls (sometimes they will come back and finish later). They have two litter boxes (one on each level of the house) that should be cleaned daily. + More info
May 2019 | Cheryl