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Look After Rescue Dogs, Garden and House in The Lake District

United Kingdom, Selside, South Lakeland, England

Pets

  • Dog(s)

I have 6 rescue dogs, one kept separate from rest, one very nervous (maybe more dogs as run a dog resscue)

Duration

  • Period available: 4 days
  • Starts: 15 August 2022
  • Ends: 19 August 2022

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Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

UPDATE: I need to go away on a work trip on 15th or 16th August through to 18th August - I will be away 2 nights, 2 and half days.

Also need to be away 13th to 18th September.

Will just be the 6 dogs to look after, possibly 5 if my mum is about to have one little one.

I would like to be able to get away fairy regularly but with 6 dogs and sometimes other foster dogs, due to running a small rescue, it makes it a near impossibility at the moment. So looking for someone or maybe a couple of different people that could come as needed (with notice of course) to dog sit.

I need to travel for work in September and also need to get out to Bulgaria and Spain. I used to live in Bulgaria running a dog rescue and have a few legal things to tie up there and am now partner with a Spanish rescue and need to go there to help get our small shelter set up. Currently I have 6 dogs that came back with me from Bulgaria but I also have another 5 waiting in Romania if rules change to allow transport. These 5 will likely live in the large dog barn I have if they are over by then.

I am meant to be away from 14th to 19th September but could go to Bulgaria/Spain whenever really. I will likely be away for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. Again I could split this up and go for a few days, come back and then go again and can really fit in around the sitter. Would like to be able to just get away for the weekend or a few days here and there.

I will regularly need someone to come so if I could find someone or a couple that could become "regular" sitters that would be great.

The dogs range from a terrier type to an old large loveable lump. Some need decent amount of exercise, some are happy with a quick outside break every so often and slonking on the sofa. Or just chilling in the sun in the garden. One needs to be kept separate from the others and the house is set up for this with baby gates and there are separate areas outside. Whilst it sounds a lot, its fairly easy and they are used to their routine and while maybe a bit barky, no real trouble. They don't need walking as have over an acre of field to play in but you would be welcome to walk one or two of them if you wished (the older ones can only cope with short walks). One dog is very nervous of people.

I may also have chickens if I get the chicken coop built before then.

For more regular sitting, sometimes I just need to go away for a couple of nights for work, other times I may need to be away for a week to 10 days (never longer). I would like someone I could call on and see if they could come for however long. I would be happy to pay reasonable travel expenses but would be better if you were within an hour or so's drive away or easy bus or train commute. Will be able to give at least a couple of weeks notice (usually longer) for any time I need to go away and mostly fairly flexible, except the odd work event.

There is a secure acre and a half field and another smaller compound they can go in to run around so you do not need to walk the dogs, although welcome to take a couple of the easier ones out. There is also a secure dog barn with outside area if the weather is not great.

Would suit someone or a couple that wanted an "outdoor lifestyle" if you wanted to do gardening, walking etc or alternatively someone that worked from home so long as not glued to a computer 10 hours a day and were happy to spend periods plodding around in garden, reading outside if weather nice, ...someone quiet as a couple of the dogs are nervous but who has time to spend time with them. Or if you are an artist or do crafts, there is plenty of space in the barn. Or there is a chicken coop to build, kitchen units to fit in barn for the dog area....lots to do if you want to be more involved.

A couple of the dogs are fairly nervous, one in particular and instructions need to be followed and gates and doors kept shut as required at all times. But it is all set up with this in mind and the garden secure.

All food and drink provided in return for helping and dog sitting as needed. Plenty of time for going off exploring the Lakes. Dogs are fine to be left for 3 or 4 hours at a time.

Your own car would be an advantage as I am about 7 miles from nearest town or I can just ensure you are stocked up well for when I am away. And my brother and mum live close by for any emergencies.

Dates are flexible and no current travel plans although would like to get away to my partner dog rescue in Spain. Also need to travel for work for the odd night or two.

Amazing views, walks right on the door step. Unbelievable sunsets and sunrises. Lots of doggy cuddles.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Responsibilities

Feeding dogs, cleaning up after dogs (poo collection in garden)
Must stick to how dogs are fed and walked and let out. Very important but full instructions will be provided.
Walk dogs and/and or exercise others in garden/field and spend time with them. Really this amounts to being out with them for maybe 20 mins to half an hour first thing in the morning, a quick wee and outside time for them late morning, same early afternoon and then again about 4 to 5 o clock. Then they'll settle after their tea and be happy cuddling on the sofa with you. If its nice then can be outside longer with them or take one of them for a short walk.

Give house downstairs a quick hoover if I am away for more than a few days. Keep kitchen and house generally clean.

Maybe water plants depending on weather and time of year.

What are the good features of the property and location

The house is 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 is no public transport.

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 and cows.

Decent broadband, Netflix etc. Not great phone reception. Works fine on wifi-calling.

Lots of walking right on door step.

Dogs have their own room to sleep in. But are allowed on sofa's but not upstairs.

You will have your own bedroom and bathroom with bath and shower. Wood-burners and central heating.

Ideal if you want peace and quiet, like to potter in the garden, pet dogs, read or just want to chill & binge watching series with several dogs on the sofa with you. Great for artists, photographers, crafters, walkers......Or for anyone with good DIY/building skills I can possibly offer some paid work.

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 prepared to be outside whatever weather with them for periods. But if very wet they tend to only want to be out for 10 minutes and then back in but several times a day.
Need own car if want to get into town or go anywhere. No bus routes and no shops within walking distance. But not necessary as can stock up the fridge and cupboards and I'll never be away for more than 10 days at a time.
Must spend time with dogs and they must be number one priority [Sorry but had people come from this site that basically worked online and ignored dogs and forgot about them for majority of day]

Last updated: 6 July 2022
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Testimonials

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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