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Look After 6 Rescue Dogs in The Lake District - ongoing, someone to get to know dogs

United Kingdom, Selside, South Lakeland, England

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Chicken(s)

I have 6 rescue dogs, one kept separate from rest, one very nervous and one elderly chicken that lives in the barn

Duration

  • Dates: variable

Testimonials

They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

I am looking for someone or a couple that could come and house and dog sit for me on a fairly regularly basis so I can travel for work and to visit people. Sometimes I will just need to be away for a day and night, maybe couple of days and nights, other times it could be a week, less often it will be longer. So someone that lives not too far away would work better. This way someone gets to know the dogs, routine and the house.

I returned to the UK in November 2020 after 14 years of living abroad and brought my 8 rescue dogs back with me (now down to 6), that 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.

I also have one elderly chicken who mostly lives in one area of the barn and just needs feeding and a bit of cleaning out.

I am still heavily involved with dog rescue in Bulgaria and Spain and part of organisations operating in both countries. I also need to travel for work every now and then.

Sometimes I just need or want to go away for a couple of nights to see friends, other times I may need to be away for a week or two (unlikely ever longer at this point). 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 a week or two's notice 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.

A couple of the dogs are fairly nervous, one in particular and a couple are escape artists given half the chance so instructions need to be followed to the "T" 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 10 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. Definitely a couple of nights in May.

Amazing views, walks right on the door step. Unbelievable sunsets and sunrises. Lots of doggy cuddles. The odd fresh egg every now and then. Hopefully more chickens to come in spring.

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.
Walk dogs and/and or exercise others in garden/field and spend time with them.
Give house quick hoover of dog hair every few days (downstairs only) and keep kitchen etc tidy.
Feed and clean out chicken - very easy.

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.

Decent broadband, Netflix, Amazon prime 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. Woodburners 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.

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 as a lot of dogs to exercise and get out but not necessary to walk, but 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.
Must spend time with dogs and they must be number one priority.

Last updated: 16 January 2022
24 sitters have applied for this assignment

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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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