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Dog & House Sit for small dog charity in central Bulgaria

  • This house is in: Bulgaria, Kazanlak
  • Period available: 2 days, 23 hours
  • Starts: 11 March 2017
  • Ends: 14 March 2017
  • They have no testimonials
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    6 dogs plus possible foster dogs
  • Last updated: 24 January 2017

About this assignment

We run a small dog rescue and also a neutering program. We have 6 dogs of our own (2 are very very nervous and better with women than men) and often have one or two fosters living with us. Sometimes we have more dogs that come for short term stays pending transport somewhere else or for treatment or assessment or before and after neutering.

We are looking for someone with good references and who can commit to a longer period (ideally a couple of months or more). We need to travel for a few days at a time to help with neutering programs across Bulgaria and do fund raising events. Its also nice if we can get away for a few days every now and then for a break. We often take a couple of dogs with us when we go away.

Responsibilities:

- Caring for our dogs (we have 6 of our own and sometimes foster dogs). They do not need walking as we have a large secure garden so it tends to be letting out in morning, feeding, cleaning up after them, keeping an eye on them during the day (inside or outside) and then feeding at night. Our dogs sleep in the house, the foster dogs are kennelled outside.

- Watering plants and garden as needed

Location:

- Traditional Bulgarian village, there are a couple of shops, little bar.
- In the Rose Valley and Valley of the Thracian tombs
- Fairly rural and 3km to nearest train station and 20km to main town

Must be very confident with dogs, happy with own company and not put off by fact no one really speaks English in the village.

Be able to cope with a large number of dogs with very differing personalities, sometimes the odd one requires medication, sometimes dogs need to be separated when out as can clash and fight. We have different areas and gardens so this is easily possible.

A car would be handy but not absolutely necessary. We can take you shopping when we are about to stock up as required and happy to drop you at train station so you can go off and explore different areas.

Basically when we are around, you would be free to go off exploring Bulgaria and we would encourage this. Or we could arrange for you to go and help at other charities that we partner with (mainly dog and horse care). Usually we go away maybe once every 2 weeks for a few days at a time. Sometimes once a week for the odd couple of days. Then we'll be at home for 10 to 14 days before going off again. So there would be plenty of time for you to have for yourself and go off exploring. So for this reason its maybe a little different from usual house sitting placements as when you are on your own caring for the dogs/house it would be "full time" as such although fairly easy and most of the time you can be sat reading a book in the sun. But when we are at home and around, you would not really be needed and so could go off and do your own thing.

You would be accommodated in your own apartment in the house we own next door with its own garden, although sometimes we need to put the odd dog in here.

If you are arty or into gardening or eco-building, there is plenty for you to do, as much or as little as you like. We are slowly clearing another plot we own next door and want to re-build the collapsed barns. There is always wood to chop and stack. And you are more than welcome to paint murials on walls for example, build dog kennels.

Ideally so that you get used to the dogs and vice versa we would prefer someone to stay the whole summer. Ideally we are looking for around end of April through to end of October but could accommodate stays of 6 to 8 weeks minimum.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Responsibilities

- Caring for our dogs (we have 6 of our own and currently one foster dog). They do not need walking as we have a large secure garden so it tends to be letting out in morning, feeding, cleaning up after them, keeping an eye on them during the day, play, brushing etc and then feeding at night and putting away. Our dogs sleep in the house, the foster dogs are kennelled outside.

That's it - easy! Come and relax in the Bulgarian sunshine (or maybe snow!), explore a new culture and enjoy the slow pace of life here!

- Watering plants and garden.

What are the good features of the property and location

The accommodation you would be in is a one bedroom apartment in the house next door, with a bedroom, small wet room and toilet, basic kitchen and dining area and lounge. There is a TV with DVD player but not satellite TV. Internet is from our home connection. It works ok but not for someone needing to be online 24/7 or watch constant TV through or work. When we are away you can of course use the better internet at our house.

Our own home is a fairly modern bungalow. The dogs sleep in our house and foster house outside.

We have a large secure garden for the dogs that they have free run of. There is also a separate dog pen and dog kennels outside.

We are a traditional typical Bulgarian village, a little run down to look at. There are a couple of shops and a small bar. It is 3km from nearest train station and 20 mins drive from town/city.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

Must be very confident with dogs, happy with own company and not put off by fact no one really speaks English in the village.

Be able to cope with a large number of dogs with very differing personalities and one requiring medication.

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