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Dog and cat sitting in mountains of Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Yablanitsa

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)

The dogs ages range from 5 to 10 years.

Duration

  • Period available: 3 months, 1 day
  • Starts: 4 June 2023
  • Ends: 5 September 2023

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

I have lived in Bulgaria for 7 years now and have gathered together a little band of 13 street dogs and 2 cats. I am looking for two energetic, dynamic people or a couple who are true animal lovers. They will have plenty of multiple dog care experience and will be conscientious about keeping my home in good working order. Although most of the dogs live in outside accommodation close to the house, 5 of them live in and are house trained. Formerly all street dogs, they have been together for several years now and are a happy family who live and play harmoniously together. However I do need the experience of doggie people who will be kind and loving but firm and be able to step up to be pack leaders and follow the few instructions regarding their care. There is plenty of free time throughout the day with good internet so online workers are welcome. I myself work 3-5 hours a day online.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

You will be asked to keep the house and outside areas as clean and tidy as you find them. There is one 45 minute dog walk a day in the morning with several of the dogs with some grooming when required which everybody enjoys immensely. A small enclosed garden requires a little maintenance and watering during warmer months as I sometimes grow vegetables here. . Feeding is only once daily and takes about 25 minutes. It is well organised and all food will be in stock. There are no other real stipulations other than to give the dogs plenty of love. They have all come off the street and many have had a very poor start in life.

What are the good features of the property and location

I have a two bedroom modern villa style house in a beautiful rural location with superb views of the Stara Planina mountains. It has a modern heating system run from a wood burning petchka and is warm and cozy. There is on tap running water and an excellent internet connection. There is a small village approx I km away and the local town of Yablanitsa is a short 10 minute drive for supplies. The capital Sofia is a very easy 50 minute drive for culture, sightseeing and great food. A car (old but in good working order) will be available for the duration of the sit. It is taxed and insured but the prospective sitters will be expected to fuel it themselves and pay any fines or other expenses incurred. A driving licence is essential for this sit as there are no shops within walking distance. There are plenty of lovely walks close at hand and several local places of interest to visit. There is a very nice 5* hotel 30 minutes away which has great indoor and outdoor pool facilities a gym and a spa. If your bag is to curl up in front of the TV I have a subscription to British TV abroad where iPlayer is available and also Netflix.

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

This assignment is only open to prospective sitters who have plenty of multiple dog sitting experience and are fit enough to walk some of the dogs daily. It is necessary to be able handle 3 dogs on lead. There are several that are also off lead. The assignment is not a paid position but accommodation is free as is unlimited internet use, British tv and Netflix and utilities.
Although this may sound like a great deal of work, the dogs tend to spend their days chilling. They have 2 large paddocked areas with barns and yard. Although they love human contact they can also be very self contained as they play very happily together so if you want to take time out it is no problem. They can be left for several hours at a time.

Last updated: 3 January 2023
7 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

A Friendly Pack in Bulgaria

I was at Sarah's house for eighty days caring for her friendly pack of nine dogs and two cats. Hearing about that many animals might leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed but the daily routine is efficient, and, once you get the hang of it, takes a smaller amount of time than you might think. The animals generally get along well together and are friendly with the exception of Gruber who just needs a little more time to adjust but is your best friend when he decides you are alright. Sarah has a binder available with all kinds of useful information in it that she obviously spent a lot of time putting together. There is also a friendly, English speaking community that quickly helped out when I needed assistance. One of my favorite parts of the sit was to have my morning coffee out on her patio overlooking the fields and mountains that are all part of an awesome view. The house is in a quiet location but close to the small town of Yablanitsa, is one hour from the capital of Sofia, and near several natural attractions the area is famous for. I would say this sit would be more suitable for a couple, splitting the daily duties, but I did fine by myself. You just need to know the animals require (and deserve) a lot of love and attention so if you can't spend some time with them, maybe this isn't the best sit for you. If you do go, please look deeply into Bertie's big brown eyes, and as you take his chin in your hands, and tell him Robin misses him. Tell him our love affair will stay in my heart forever.

Robin, United States, 06 September, 2019

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Beautiful location in Bulgaria

We looked after Sarah's house and her dogs and cat for a period of three months. The house is in a beautiful location with views of the mountains and sunsets to die for!! The house is cosy and was warm even when we had 8 inches of snow. Internet is fast and reliable. The dogs are all friendly and loving and I could easily have sneaked a couple of them to take with me when I left. The dogs respond well to their regular routine of walks, cleaning of the sleeping area and dinner time. They certainly know when their food is being prepared. Any issues with the house and dogs were quickly responded to by Sarah and she does have a good network of friends who live reasonably locally who will help in emergencies. The downsides? The location is quite a distance from the sights and cities of Bulgaria so relaxing on the porch watching spectacular sunsets needs to be high on your agenda!

Pamela, 23 March, 2019

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions