My dog and cat are used to having sitters, they love everybody
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Nina Simone, the dog, is 3 years old, but is still a puppy in many ways. It works out better for her , and for the sitter, if she is walked every day, otherwise she is too hyper. She is a big , local breed, a short haired ( or "smooth" ) collie... I often take her, since i dont walk that well, to the river, which is only 3 blocks and let her off leash at the dog park there, to swim as exercise. The cat does her own thing, she comes in to eat and will sleep in the house at night. There is now a new rescued dog, Zorro, and he also needs a walk, but his walk has to be by himself - he and Nina arent totally playing nice yet - very short walk , as he has part of his foot amputed.
i dont really care about how you take care of the house, my main concern is the animals. This is not a fancy place, but it does have the "bells and whistles" as far as an Uruguayan house goes: tile floors, a wood stove in the big living room, 2 patios, plenty of hot water in the bathroom, 2 and a half bedrooms, cozy kitchen, 6 blocks from town with a nice view of downtown from the backyard. The only real chores, besides the dogs/cat, is watering the plants and garden. I compute that it will take the sitter about 2 hours per day to do the animal and plant care. the dogs can be put in seperate rooms and left for the day, so you can go siteseeing. They just can NOT be left alone overnight.
You will be here in the Spring, so I hope you like gardening? although, you might not have to do much watering, since it usuallly RAINS. - the best feature of this house is that it is high and dry. - so less moldy and wet, as other parts of this country can be. I have excellent wifi. This is the drum section of town, there may be nightly sessions, getting ready for carneval, in January/February . This state, Lavalleja, has many natural wonders, 2 rivers, 1 lake, a waterfall, and there are plenty of other things to do ( dog is ok by herself during the days, so you can go have fun ) such as 4 history museums, a good library, music/art cultural center, big feria ( farm) market 2 days a week, a gold mine, an archeological dig, and numerous places to hike. i have lived here 4 years - so you will have contacts to help you during your time here. Montevideo is only 2 hours away by bus, when you need time in the big city. The beaches are 1 hour away .
Very few people in this town speak other than Spanish. My Spanish is terrible, and i get by, but I am willing to work hard to get my needs across. My dog, like i said, can be very rambunctious. This is an old fashioned town that closes its business doors for siesta every day. Many other things are slow, old, and very different than you might be used to. So , I would say, the person who takes this assignment should be someone who likes a very laid back, mellow existance. Definately NOT all the foods people are used to are available. i have no TV. But I have EXCELLENT WI FI.