We are spending several weeks abroad this summer, and we have already scheduled a live-in dogsitter, but she needs to leave from June 26 to July 6. We did have a substitute sitter booked but she just cancelled.
You should come a day before our regular sitter leaves, meaning you would come in on June 25. She will return late on July 6, so you would depart on July 7. The house has 3 bed rooms and 2 baths, so there is privacy provided during the overlapping days.
Drive our regular sitter to the airport early on June 26 and pick her up again late on July 6.
Water a few plants in the front yard and in the back, feed and love our sweet dogs, talk to them, walk and cuddle with them. Collect mail. Keep the house clean. Also, pick up dog messes in lawn.
Should walk dogs on leash in the neighborhood at least a few minutes per day. Very quiet street. Can take 2 at a time if needed.
Our 3 dogs get along great, but due to different ages they have different energy levels. Our large fenced-in back yard accommodates them all well. Ball throwing, stick throwing makes exercising them easy.
Our house is quiet and calming, a quaint, cozy ranch house on half an acre near Austin. It has a fireplace, air conditioning, wifi, nice back yard with patio (see pictures) green and wooded yard, just 25 minutes south of sub central Austin, but a lot cooler in the summer than central Austin.
Very nice HEB store (supermarket) is a 10 min drive away, Whole Foods is a bit further like 20 min away.
Transportation, and intention to be spending at least 6 hours a day at property between the morning hours and 9 pm; whether they mind dogs wanting to sleep near them.
The Irish Setter usually sleeps on the couch in the living room, but our 2 boys love to share the bed with their human caretaker. If this is a put-off, they can be sent to their own dog bed which is in the master bed room. But if they can choose, the boys would love to sleep where you are sleeping!
Dogs should not be left alone more than 6 hours ideally.