Special Sitter for a Special Dog
We are a senior couple with many creative interests. I teach and write about fiber arts, and my husband, John, is retired, and enjoys arranging music for his woodwind quintet. We have a certified backyard habitat, with many Oregon native plants.
I’m very committed to whole-foods plant-based eating, and enjoy cooking and hosting potlucks. We would prefer a sitter who would be willing to eat a plant-based diet while inside our home. Adults only, please, as Pepper is not used to children. Also, it's important for us to meet sitters in person well in advance.
Our Home & Location
Our 100-year-old craftsman house is about 3 miles east of the Willamette River and downtown Portland. We’ve lived here for 40 years. Across the very busy 4-lane street in front of our house is Laurelhurst Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
The entire second floor of our home is my weaving studio, and you can find a video tour of the studio on my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcJ346N8CXw...
No smoking anywhere on the property, please. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We are looking for someone whose first priority will be caring for Pepper, our 12-lb. miniature schnauzer mix rescue. She is a high-energy dog, and so needs to continue her regular routine of four walks a day. Her usual routine includes a walk around the pond in Laurelhurst Park before breakfast, meanadering around the neighborhood around 1:00 pm, to the end of the park on the unpaved trail around 6:00 pm, and then a short walk before bedtime. She had behavior problems when we adopted her (barking and separation anxiety) and with the help of a trainer, she has improved a lot. Daily training involves "watching other dogs without barking”. She definitely can’t be off-leash, and also is not ready to “say hi” to other dogs yet. Most importantly, she can’t be left alone in the house -- she’s not destructive, but she will bark constantly. When anyone comes in the house, she barks (amazingly loud for her size and very high pitched!) but once they are inside, and she has a chance to check them out, she settles down.
She likes riding in the car, and can be left in the car for up to 20 minutes during cool weather....
Pepper eats vegetarian kibble supplemented with fresh vegetables and fruit for treats.
She has a crate in our bedroom, and sleeps very quietly at night. + More info
March 2019 | Georgia