Cozy log home in the beautiful Tennessee Valley
Ray and Dawn are semi retired. Dawn is a Registered Nurse, and Ray retired as a firefighter/paramedic. We now work out of state periodically. Dawn teaches ECG classes to medical professionals and Ray is a catastrophe insurance adjuster. Sometimes, our jobs occur simultaneously, and we have to leave home at the same time. For this, we need trustworthy house sitters. Several of our pets have special needs - nothing difficult to take care of, but they require someone knowledgeable. We love our pets very much, and prefer that they have someone at home with them, rather than just a couple of visits a day.
We do have someone who can visit to take care of the horses, so if you would enjoy being around horses, but not responsible for them, send us your information. Thanks!!
Our Home & Location
Our home is a log house just outside Athens, TN, in the beautiful Tennessee Valley. The valley is situated between the Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau (both about an hour scenic drive). Our home is in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood that consists of one road along the top of a ridge, with beautiful views of farms in the valleys and mountains in the distance on both sides of the road. The neighborhood has about 14 houses, all on 5+ acres, and all the neighbors are very nice. The house is a log house with two bedrooms and two baths on the main floor, along with a great room/kitchen. The walk-out basement is a guest suite with bedroom, bath, living area with TV, small kitchen area. There is even a safe room. We have high-speed fiber optic cable internet and TV, with in house network and unlimited data. Our front porch is shady and faces west. On the east side, there is a porch with sitting and dining areas off the guest suite. Upstairs, there is a deck off the great room. Outside the guest suite is a grill and outdoor food prep area and two old-fashioned claw-foot tubs with hot and cold water. The back yard is serene and peaceful, with seasonal views of the mountains. We have five acres with many places to walk or sit and relax.
The town of Athens is a mid-sized town with everything you need. There are several nearby small towns with antique stores and quaint restaurants. Cleveland, TN is a larger city, about 30 min. away. Chattanooga and Knoxville are each about one hour. Many beautiful scenic areas are within a 1 - 1 1/2 hour drive from the house. We are only 5 minutes from I-75, making it easy to travel....
Some of the destinations that are close by include: the Cherohala Skyway, the Smoky Mountain National Park, Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Bald River Falls, numerous hiking trails, whitewater rafting and tubing, and much more. The Chattanooga and Knoxville airports are each 1 hour away. While we have a little Geo Tracker we can leave for sitters, it has no AC and no airbags, so we recommend you bring your car or you can rent one at Enterprise in Athens. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We would love a sitter who is familiar with horses, but we are prepared to have someone else visit twice a day to take care of the horses while our house sitter takes care of the indoor pets. With all the animals included, pet care requires about one to two hours in the morning and one hour in the evening, with additional outside time for the dogs before bed. Dogs and indoor cats are fed twice a day, the indoor cats have a litter pan. Horses are turned out in the morning, and eat their breakfast in a grass paddock. The pony stays in a dry paddock. The two horses come back into the dry lot in the evening. Depending upon how long the horses and pony stay in the 50 x 50 ft dry lot, the picking up of manure takes about 1/2 hour. The barn cats are fed twice a day and closed up inside the tack room at night. Much of this would be done by the horse sitter if you aren’t able.
Our pet sitter needs to understand and be somewhat familiar with horses. Illness in horses may be hard to detect to the average person. We need someone who would recognize colic and other serious emergencies. One of our dogs occasionally has "Chinook seizures". There is nothing to be done, and they only last a few minutes. Afterward, she needs to go outside, as she will always need to move her bowels. She is fine and healthy between episodes, and they only occur once or twice a month. The chickens are kept in a run to avoid predators. There is very little to do for them, except make sure their automatic waterer is working and clean, and their feed doesn't run out. They will give you 3-4 fresh eggs per day!...
If you like staying around the house, there is plenty to do. The dogs like to hang out in the yard with you, and the horses enjoy grooming. Tommy the pony appreciates getting out of his dry lot for a walk. There are paths to walk, and places to sit. If you like to go out and explore, there is plenty of time between feedings. We enjoy just aimlessly driving around the countryside, because it is very beautiful here. Mountains and waterfalls, along with hiking trails, are less than an hour away. + More info