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The house sitter will have to tend to our 2 small dogs which includes feeding them, playing with them and taking them outside (only in our enclosed back yard). The dog excrement will need to be bagged and put in garbage. There is a tiny patio pond that will occasionally need to be skimmed and topped with water; the pond contains around a dozen mosquito fish which need to be fed occasionally. Some of the plants need occasional water if it doesn’t rain enough. The bird bath needs to be filled with water daily. The house needs to be kept tidy. The trash and recyclables need to be put out weekly.
I am Ed and my wife (married 40 years) is Charlotte. We are retired and live in a 1420 sq.ft. townhome in a “active adult” community (55 and over) in Green Valley, AZ.(about 25 miles south of Tucson). The area is mid-desert (USDA zone 9A) with mild winters and extreme summer. The sun shines most of the year and we get around 12 inches of rain in a good year. Our home is very low maintenance with mostly desert landscaping. As you can see from the pics, we have a small front and back yard. We are retired and don’t want to maintain a lot at this point in our lives. Our property has access to all GVR facilities (Green Valley Recreation). There are pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, pickle ball,etc.
Our 2 dogs are chihuahua/terrier mix. They are rescue dogs that we have had for a little over two years. Gracie was from a puppy mill situation and the other Sophie was severely abused and spent much of her prior life in a cage with other dogs, Sophie is afraid of leashes (and other things). She will not walk on a leash but she will eagerly go outside into our back yard which is totally enclosed and escape proof. Gracie is more normal acting and Sophie is a lot less fearful because of Gracie than she once was. Both dogs are food motivated. They expect treats (tiny piece of dog kibble) after they come inside. Sophie is an escape artist. Under no circumstances can you let her run out the front door or you will never get her to come back. Since Green Valley is at the foot hills of the mountains, there are a lot of predators here. Most of the predators will show up at night (bobcats, owls, javelina, coyote). During the day there are hawks and rattlesnakes. I have never seen a rattlesnake in my yard but they are prevalent in and around Green Valley. You must be on the lookout for predators for the dogs safety and your own safety which is something everyone does living in the desert. The dogs are only 12 pounds and a huge owl or hawk can easily pick them up for dinner. Other than that, the maintenance on the house and yard is easy. Desert plants require very little water. I will leave detailed instructions for everything. I have an air filter in the home in case you have allergies like I do. There are also room humidifiers available if the dry desert air bothers you like it does me. The AC is brand new. We have brand new kitchen appliances including a Wolf wall oven and a Miele dishwasher.So you shouldn’t have any issues with anything breaking. I love to cook- there are all sorts of spices, a well stocked pantry for your use and I have an instant pot, several crock pots,...all sorts of things you can use. We have a water softener and reverse osmosis for your drinking and cooking. The neighborhood is extremely quiet. The average age in Green Valley is 72.5. I think most people around here go to bed early and get up early.