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A person, or persons, who can be flexible with time/dates as I may only know a week in advance when I'm likely to be away, but those also willing to do a short-term sit, i.e. probably not more than one week, although longer visits away may also be feasible.
Someone who is able to take charge of one at times 'slippery' but adorable Petite Bassett Griffon French dog (medium size) and two beautiful cats, mother and son. A sitter who likes walking as the dog, PJ enjoys two walks a day; who likes the quiet, rural life yet who can also if they wish take themselves to nearby town life, and who is independent, able to be alone if necessary.
To walk PJ, feed him and the two cats - Dusty and Rothko - and obvipously make a fuss of them! Generally, to keep the house and garden reasonably maintained.
A terraced house in a quiet, small & friendly community near the sea, (Shingle Street a walk away), heathland and forests. Plenty of lovely walks in the surrounding countryside. Aldeburgh seaside town is half an hours drive away with the Benjamin Britten concert Halls at Snape Maltings on the way. The sweet fishing village of Orford is also close by with Woodbridge town seven miles away from my village of Hollesley, plus Ipswich town, with its docks, half an hour away.
That they can be committed to taking care of a dog who loves walking and needs to be on the lead at discretion of sitter as he is by nature a hunter dog and therefore tends to run off out of sight, although will, eventually, come back when called. Willing to feed two cats, one who is greedy for food, the mother not so much at all.
Best to have a car for travelling around, although there is a village shop under a mile away and there is a bicycle that can be used.
PJ and the two cats Rothko and Dusty were a pleasure to look after. John and I enjoyed in particular our walks on Shingle Beach nearby with PJ. PJ and John seemed to develop a great relationship in fact it was quite funny at times to watch. John trying Doggie Talk with PJ and PJ responding by making these pleasant funny little noises like trying to talk to John. Sarah gave us a thorough handover before leaving and we found her home very comfortable and spacious.
We enjoyed looking after this little family of pets. PJ the French Petit Basset Griffon is such a character. He helps manage the household and the cats while their owner is away. Immaculate house in quiet village with country walks. Sarah is kind, thoughtful and friendly and she made us very welcome and comfortable. She has a fabulous library too! Thank you to PJ, Dusty and Rothko for having us to stay for a few days of fun.
We had a really lovely time looking after PJ, Dusty and Rothko. We arrived the day before Sarah went away to make sure we were familiar with all of their routine but she also left a clear written guide in case we forgot anything. Sarah has a lovely house and we felt completely at home there. She made us feel really welcome and it was lovely to spend time getting to know her before she left the next day. Her house is located in a very pretty area of Suffolk and just a short drive from a lovely pebble beach. We were spoilt for choice in places to walk PJ. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this house sit and hopefully we can help Sarah again on another occasion.
We had a wonderful stay at Sarah’s. The house was clean and tidy and very comfortable. Sarah was very welcoming and friendly. We fell in love with PJ. A dog with such a wonderful personality- just adorable. He loved his walks. The 2 cats were friendly. Each with their own personalities. There are some lovely walks to do in the area and we really enjoyed Woodbridge. Thanks Sarah.