Pet sitting in lovely country home
We are a retired couple who live in Central Massachusetts. A few years ago we began to spend winters in Florida. We have had great experiences with long term house and pet sitters, and are looking forward to the same this winter. We have a lovely home and garden, with a fish pond as well. Our dogs are very loving and playful - and our cat is playful and capricious! We have wifi, cable TV, a plow service, fireplace with firewood and a modern kitchen.
Our Home & Location
We live in central Massachusetts, which is rolling hills and farms, small towns mostly. The city of Worcester is about a half hour away with great dining. There are fun local hangouts to visit in nearby Connecticut. There is theater in Worcester, Putnam CT and Sturbridge. Skiing is about an hour away in Mt. Wachuset. We are about an hour from Boston or Providence and a bit closer to Hartford. You will need a car to get around. It is very beautiful here. Our home is a salt box design with breezeway and stone patio. The kitchen is new (couple years old) and the dining area and living room are very comfortable.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our dogs like to play ball and take long walks. They like a walk right after breakfast. They like to play, both inside and outside. Both dogs love to chase the ball, and the older one, Bosco, responds really well if you make a production out of throwing it. He tends to get arthritic and sometimes needs to chill out for a day or two. They love to cuddle. They both love their kongs with peanut butter.
There are some walking trails nearby also where the dogs like to run. The younger one, Tater, is (we think) part whippet and he loves to run. This gives him the space he needs to do that....
The cat is pretty self sufficient. She is an indoor cat and likes her box kept clean. I scoop at least weekly and check her food bowl every day. She is very particular about her food. She loves to play.
We have a fish pond which will probably be frozen over most of the time. We use a heater to enable oxygen exchange for the fish. Sometimes in the event of extreme cold or large volumes of snow, the heater has trouble keeping up. You will need to monitor that, but it has rarely happened.
We have an orchid collection and some assorted other house plants. Instructions will be left on their care, but they are undemanding. Once a week should work for inspecting and caring for them. + More info