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Take care of house and dogs when we travel short and long term

United States, Lake Arrowhead, California


  • Dog(s)

2 Australian Shepards, 2 Keeshonds, 1 rescue mixed breed


  • Period available: 3 weeks, 2 days
  • Starts: 22 February 2020
  • Ends: 17 March 2020


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About this assignment

We are retired teachers who like to travel and do occasional art shows where sometimes one of my pieces of high end furniture sells. We prefer to have responsible couples who are willing to take care of our home and 5 dogs when we travel. One of our dogs has diabetes and needs regulated feeding and Insulin shots every day. You need to take trash to a nearby disposal site every week and take care of our house and deal with any emergencies with our pets and home that may occur.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Take care of our dogs and their needs. Look after our home (we have house cleaners who come every week). You may have to do some garden work of watering depending on the time of the year but that should not be a problem for this trip. There is also the possibility of having to evacuate the dogs in case of fire which is a concern in so many areas of California and the western US, but for this trip that should not be a worry. We have evacuated twice in over 30 years living here with the most serious fire in 2003. We like house sitters to come a few days before we leave on a trip to go over care of the dogs, the house, and property. Sitters may stay for a few days after we return if they need. We may ask sitters to take us and pick us up from the airport and we will pick up and drop off sitters at local airports. Keep in regular contact by email, and phone while we are traveling.

What are the good features of the property and location

We have a 4000 ft log home on 2 acres of forested land in the Lake Arrowhead resort resort area of the Sand Bernardino Mountains in southern California. You will have full use of our home and vehicles while visiting which includes a large bedroom with private bathroom with walk in shower. The house has 2 master bedrooms, 2 rooms with convertible beds, 3 bathrooms, laundry room, open kitchen living room, great room, and formal dining room. My workshop will be locked. You are only a 30 minute drive down the mountain to major shopping and access to tourist areas of southern California. There are 2 local large markets in the community, movie theater, areas to hike, restaurants, local hospital, vets, and most of the things one would need.

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

The most important thing is that our Keeshond, Curly needs his blood sugar tested, feeding and one hour later receive his insulin shot twice a day. We also take the dogs for a short potty walk every night around 9:00 when only owned them needs a leash. The dogs are free to roam our property, the forest, or hang out in the garage or on the deck during the day. Though our home is only about 2 minutes from highway 18 we have almost no traffic since it is a dead end.

Last updated: 10 November 2019

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