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Help With Care for 8 Rescue Dogs in The Lake District

United Kingdom, Selside, South Lakeland, England


  • Dog(s)

I have 8 rescue dogs


  • Dates: variable


They have 1 testimonial (view below)


They have WIFI

About this assignment

I have just returned to the UK after 14 years of living abroad and brought my 8 rescue dogs back with me. These range from young terrier type to ancient large sheep dog type. Some need lot of exercise, some are happy with a quick outside break every so often and slonking on the sofa.

I hope to be able to get away camping in my camper for a couple of days or more up to Scotland, go visit friends for couple of nights and get away to visit friends abroad for a week or two.

If travelling in the UK I will likely take one or two dogs with me.

At the moment I am just getting the property sorted for easy management of the dogs. There is a large barn that will soon have access for the dogs from their outdoor pen. And there is a small field that some can go in off lead, so long as they are kept a careful eye on. And then there is another acre and a half of field that can be used to walk some of the dogs around. 5 can go out on leads (never off lead) and there is walking and footpaths from the property.

Not actually looking for anyone right at this moment, due the current situation and that we are not able to travel. I suspect it will be early summer before we can travel anywhere. And I need to get the field fenced etc to make more manageable for a dog sitter.

A couple of the dogs are fairly nervous, one in particular and they are escape artists given half the chance so I really need to get the place a bit more set up for them really. I hope to build a sensory garden and do more with the indoor barn and have better fencing erected.

And with covid its a bit difficult to make any real travel plans.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter


When I am away: -

Feeding dogs, cleaning up after dogs (poo collection in garden and putting into wormeries)
Must stick to how dogs are fed and walked and let out. Very important.
Walk dogs and exercise others in garden/field and spend time with them in the dog play barn.
Give house quick hoover of dog hair every couple of days (downstairs only)
Bit of help in garden, possibly.

What are the good features of the property and location

The house just a few miles outside of Kendal, right on the edge of the Lakeland fells. The views are amazing. Supermarkets and the lovely old town of Kendal a 5 minute drive away.

There are a couple of neighbours but otherwise on its own, surrounded by 2 acres of land that is with property, agricultural buildings and fields of sheep.

Decent broadband, Netflix, Amazon prime etc.

Lots of walking right on door step and if you have a car loads in the Lakes to explore.

Central heating, wood burners, large kitchen.

Dogs have their own room to sleep in.

You will have your own bedroom and bathroom with bath and shower.

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

Must be confident with lots of dogs
Able to follow instructions carefully.
Need to be fairly fit and active as a lot of dogs to exercise and get out. I usually walk 2 properly a day with the others getting time out in the garden or large dog barn.
Need own car if want to get into town or go anywhere. No bus routes and no shops within walking distance.

Last updated: 11 January 2021
12 sitters have applied for this assignment

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A home full of love!

I had a wonderful time housesitting for Rachel and her large family of furry friends! Peaceful Bulgarian countryside, lovely home and a beautiful garden. The pack of rescue dogs are an eclectic mix, all with such vibrant personalities and stories. While all of them are sweethearts, big boy Ernie and little houdini Bertie stole my heart! I would certainly house sit for Rachel and her pack of pups anytime! Thank you for hosting me!

Lyndsey, 28 August, 2019

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