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.
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 miniature schnauzer mix rescue. She is a high-energy dog, and so needs to continue her regular routine of four walks a day: 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. Our current afternoon training is to sit in the park on the hill above the off-leash area and “watch the 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.
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