Cozy DC Condo with Senior Bull Terrier
We need a house/pet sitter because our dog Kingsley needs to stay in his own home while we're away on vacation. He has some special needs that need the right sitter (more info on that below!)
Our Home & Location
We have a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo in a 16 unit building in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of NW DC. Quiet, tree lined streets provide a neighborhood feel, yet we're within walking distance to some of the city's greatest restaurants, bars, and other attractions (metro too!). We're happy to provide recommendations and guidance about our local favorites. Our building is secured by fob entry and has a courtyard you can use for lounging or having a drink. We love living here and are sure you will enjoy your stay too!
Responsibilities & Pets
The TL;DR version is that we need someone who can handle dog aggression and some light medical treatments (depending on how he's doing at that time). Obviously that sounds like a hard sell up front, but we like to be honest about Kingsley in hopes we can find the right sitter for him. Perhaps that's you!
Kingsley is about 8 years old and very sweet to people, however he was rescued from a fighting situation and is extremely dog aggressive. So we of course look for a sitter without other pets and someone who can can proactively keep him away from other dogs (and handle his reactions if he does see one). We basically just have to be on high alert during walks, crossing the street/changing direction if another dog approaches. If Kingsley sees a dog, he will lunge, growl, and bark, but he wears a prong collar and though he's muscular, it's not difficult to keep him restrained. The worst case scenario is that it's just a bit embarrassing to be "that person" in the neighborhood with what people assume is a really terribly behaved dog haha. If this deters you from wanting to keep him, we totally get it! But if it's something you're still interested in, we'd be happy to set up a meet and greet ahead of time to show you how he acts and what to expect....
As for the medical issues, he has pretty severe skin allergies that can vary in terms of intensity and treatment required. He takes daily medication and monthly injections (from the vet, no needles required for you!) and is on prescription food (he can't eat anything else, no people food). Sometimes that's about it, but at the moment, for example, he's flaring up and getting epsom salt baths a couple times a week along with ointment and wraps on his paws. That level of care might be required while he's with you depending on how his allergies are acting.
Aside from that, he is pretty low key in the house. He is not crated, but confined to the bedroom/living room while we're at work and can stay alone for 8-9 hours without a problem. You just have to secure any trash or food items out of his reach. He is extremely lazy in his old age (and also his allergies sometimes make walking tough) so he goes out usually 3 times a day (just to go to the bathroom, he doesn't like to go more than a block or two). He has to be pried out of bed in the mornings and is known to sleep in well past noon if allowed. He is pretty clingy and will want to be with you at all times. He is allowed on the furniture and sleeps with us. We spoil him and it shows a bit, but in my eyes, he's had a rough life and is now just living it up (but mostly laying down) in his senior years.
We're happy to answer any other questions you may have. If you're interested, but not totally sure, we can set up one or more meet and greets.
Aside from that, we'd just ask that you treat our home as your own and clean up after yourself. No other maintenance required (since Kingsley is enough on his own!). + More info