Hi there! I'm a dog mom who's looking for someone to love on my fur baby while I go camping and take occasional trips out of town. My partner and I live together in Ballard and we share our humble abode with Paisley, my 70lb pit bull mix, and Punkie, their 17-year-old anti-social cat. I work in downtown Ballard at an education advocacy non-profit doing communications and my partner is a paramedic with the county. We prefer to have sitters stay at our home because our doggo is a sweetie with people but aggressive with dogs, so it's easier to keep things simple. We love sharing our place with folks, though, especially because we're so close to the beach!
Our Home & Location
Our 2 bedroom/1 bath house is accessible via the 45 bus line, and there is ample free street parking. We're walking distance (10min down secret staircases) from the Golden Gardens beach and live in a really lovely neighborhood that's got a view of the water. By car, we're a short 8-minute drive from downtown Ballard, with plenty of food and cute shops in between. It's a single-family home, so you can enjoy a quiet weekend away without apartment neighbors while also having easy access to beautiful beach sunsets and yummy cocktails.
We have a secluded backyard (one of our favorite parts) with a fire pit for cozy nights and lots of grass to lounge in or play with the dog in. The house also has a fireplace inside for rainy days. We love cooking in the kitchen and enjoying a meal outside in the sunshine or inside listening to the rain.
Responsibilities & Pets
Staying at our house means mostly taking care of the dog and keeping an eye on the cat. Paisley needs to be walked and fed in the mornings (by 8am) and in the evenings (no later than 6:30pm). She is lovely with most humans but is a handful on walks because she is aggressive towards other dogs. This primarily means that the dog sitter needs to be comfortable quickly changing course of a walk when a dog is in sight, keeping a hold on the leash and trying to distract Paisley with treats if passing by a dog is unavoidable, and keeping cool despite her intense reactions. Punkie (the cat) dislikes and distrusts most people, so she only requires full food/water bowls and a cleaned litter box.
November 2018 | Alexandria