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Someone mature with experience caring for many types of dogs. Someone that will respect our home and our things. We also prefer a person who enjoys being at our home much of the time, or does not mind taking the dog on outings. Non-smoker.
We are looking for a strong, healthy, responsible man or woman, who can handle the steep hills and thin mountain air, as well as our strong, hyper dog. This is not a luxurious assignment, it's old school Colombian living. The house is a traditional farm home made of tapia (cow poop mixed with some other stuff). You will have all of the living amenities you need, but it will still be a rustic experience. We ask for a single person because our home has only one bedroom, so the night before we leave, the person will have to sleep on the couch. If you are a couple who likes to camp out, and does not mind sleeping on the floor with a mat and some blankets or a sleeping bag that night, we welcome you.
We have two dogs, Lea and Clooney. We are very diligent with Lea's health and well-being as she was sick when she was a puppy. Clooney was a street dog for the last 7 years, until we adopted him 5 months ago. he is super chill and loyal.
We have a fence around the house, so you can leave for periods of time during the day, and if you are at home, you can leave the fences open as they just run around without going anywhere by themselves.
Lea is a strong, hyper, 3 year old alpha mutt that goes for 15 kilometer trail runs and comes home still ready to go. She is our baby. Our former neighbor found her as a puppy at a yoga retreat 3 hours away, and brought her home. She was very sick with a tick born illness that required aggressive antibiotics, leaving her with a low immune system, and a finicky digestive system. Her liver is very sensitive to high protein/high fat diets, and for this we feed her a gastrointestinal food, and are careful with the treats we give her. She is getting stronger as she gets older, so we have been a little more lenient with treats, but she will still occasionally get sick and stop eating for a day or so. If this happens, we have medications on hand to treat her. She sleeps in her crate at night.
Lea has lots of energy and can be a bit intense, especially if you leave and come home after just 5 minutes. She jumps a lot, and high, so you have to be ready for this. She only weighs 16 kilos, but she can knock you over if you are not expecting it. She is excellent with other dogs.
He is a dog that used to hang out at a pizza shop near our old home (very close to here). He’s an old guy, very hairy, and very sweet.
He goes on trail runs as well, but just out of loyalty, not because he needs the long runs. He enjoys them, but he enjoys just as much sleeping in and getting a belly rub. You will not find a more loyal dog than him.
The dogs eat around 7 or 7:30 a.m. They are usually fairly quiet all night, but might wake you up around 6 a.m. to be let out. Waking you up means trying to enter the bedroom door. You can just open the door to the house and go back to bed.
After they eat you are good to go. You can leave the house, or take them on a walk, or just hang out. If you leave, the yard is fenced in. Lea is the main one you need to worry about. She must stay inside the fence when you are away.
Dinner time for the dogs is between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
They are pretty calmed down by 7 p.m., and by 9 p.m. they are sound asleep on the couch or a chair.
We ask that you walk Lea and Clooney at least 5 times a week, just to get them out of the house and yard. We take them somewhere everyday and they love it, and since we have a trail on our property, you can get a lot of energy out of her in just 15 minutes or so. Luis runs with them a least twice a week for 1 hour, so they will be missing the activity while we are gone.
Additionally, water the plants twice a week, take the trash out once a week, and sweep each day, as the leaves and dirt will pile up. Return the house in the same condition that we gave it to you.
Our house is located in the mountains outside of Medellin Colombia, in a rural area which is very relaxed and quiet. Weather is between 50F and 80F (10C and 25C) most days. Perfect for those who want to spend a few weeks relaxing in the mountains, and for those who work from home via the internet.
Our home is a true rustic farm house in a rural area. We are located 15 minutes from the airport and a 35 minute car ride, or an hour and 10 minute bus ride to the city of Medellin. The house is approximately 2,600 meters in the Colombian Andes, on 12,000 sq meters of land. We are in a farming community, without much to do around us, but if you enjoy walking, running, or cycling, there is always beautiful scenery to taken in.
There are two restaurants within 15 minutes walking distance from the house, and a small privately owned store at the top of the road which sells staple items.
Our home is only 10 minutes away from the international airport (MDE), and we can pick you up and host you for a day or two in order to show you everything, including taking care of Lea and Clooney.
We have bicycles (one men's all-terrain, the other is a women's hybrid which is only good for pavement). We also have a pilates reformer and exercise mats. If you are experienced with pilates you are welcome to use the pilates equipment.
This is NOT an ideal location if you want to be right in the middle of Medellin, as we are about 35 minutes away from the city, in the middle of the Andean mountains in a beautiful, but somewhat secluded area. You can take the Airport bus to Medellin for 9,500 colombian pesos each way (about U$3.50 at the current rate).
The house is very old, and is a typical Colombian style farm house with the kitchen outside the main house, and the laundry facilities located behind the house. This takes some getting used to, but you will find that everything you need is here. We have all of the cooking utensils and appliances you will need. While we do not have gas heated water, we do have electric shower heads in both bathrooms that give sufficiently hot water for showers. As is the case for even the most modern homes in Colombia, there is no insulation or central heating system, and the old farm homes did not typically have fireplaces, so we do not have one. We do have a small heater in the bathroom, and one in the bedroom, but you will want a very warm coat and jeans, maybe even a hat and gloves for night time.
Our internet is high speed fiber optic, and is very reliable. The electricity has only gone out once since we moved here 12 months ago, and it was due to a very strong thunder storm, and was back by 5 pm. Our water is city water, and is fine to drink from the tap.
We keep the door open during the day, and until we go to bed, for the dogs to come in and out as they please, therefore, the house gets very dirty, requiring daily sweeping (we have a Roomba) and weekly mopping. The house is small, so cleaning it doesn’t take too long.
We have a stove top and oven, blender, garlic crusher, pots and pans, a pressure cooker, coffee maker, juicer, etc. You will have all the utensils you need to cook anything you want.
Besides the few small neighborhood stores and restaurants within walking distance, you can take an Uber or taxi about 15 minutes down the road to a more modern grocery store, and some very nice modern restaurants and coffee shops.
There is a city bus that comes to the neighborhood three times a day. The first time is around 6:25 a.m., the second time is around 8 a.m., then again in the evening. It costs around 2,900 pesos (U$0.95 cents), and takes you to the Envigado metro station, where you can go to a very modern mall, largest in Colombia, or you can take that metro to anywhere in Medellin. If you are interested in doing a city tour, or a day tour to a town near here, `we can connect you with English speaking tour guides who we know and trust.
Our neighbors work during the week, but are home at night and on the weekends. They do not speak english, but can help you if you need something. We do have bilingual friends nearby, and in Medellin who we can put you in contact with to answer questions, or help with anything you may need.
A sitter we had suggested that we let you know about altitude sickness, as she suffer from it in the first 2 days. Minor headaches and low energy are expected, as we are located at about 2,600 meters above sea level (8,000 feet). If you are concerned about this, there is medication you can take 5 days BEFORE the trip that will help you to acclimatize. You may want to contact your doctor for the best medication for you.
There are five restaurants within 2km (less than 2 miles) from our house, about a 15-20 minute walk. They serve breakfast and lunch for about U$4.00 a meal. Next to it, there is an artisan pizza shop open Thursday thru Sunday. A pizza is U$6.50. Three other restaurants are within 3km. A major hospital is about 15 minutes driving distance.
In order to make your stay easier, we will use one day before we leave to go over in detail the care of the pets, as well as tour you around the area, take you to the grocery store so you can stock up on everything you may need, and get you familiar with the public transportation, our neighbors and the house.
We do not have TV or cable service, so you will be limited to whatever you can stream online or movies in your laptop or tablet.
We house and pet sat for Luis and Nicole in February and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. First of all, both Luis and Nicole are both delightful and wonderful to hang out with and we were sorry when our day orientation was over and they had to head out for their time away. We instantly fell in love with Lea, Barnum and Yemi. The dogs were definitely energetic and helped increase our fitness level while we were there. Yemi was as a cat is - independent and mainly concerned about being fed, with the occasional cuddle. The location suited us just fine with beautiful vistas and many trails to walk on. We were also an easy walking distance from the main road where we could catch the airport bus into the city. Luis and Nicole have moved since we house and pet sat for them but we are sure that they have made their new place as charming as the place we were at. So if you are given the opportunity to housesit for Luis and Nicole, don’t hesitate to accept it. We would!
I spent a bit over 2 weeks with Barnum, Lea (the dogs) and Yemi (the cat), while Luis and Nicole were on holidays. They have a very beautiful place away from the hustle and bustle of Medellin - it was a perfect little retreat for me to catch up on some writing. Nicole and Luis are lovely people and have a well-kept house, aside from food, of course, there is nothing I was wanting for, and while it is off in the countryside, I was also within walking distance of two decent restaurants. There are loads of trails running through the hills and Barnum and Lea will NEVER, I repeat, NEVER get tired. They're very loving and playful dogs and will take any amount of exercise you can give them, which was great for me and would be great for anyone keen on staying or getting fit. Yemi is totally mellow and really does have a cats life. She eats, sleeps and .... well, you know. I would absolutely look after Nicole and Luis's home and pets again, if they'd have me, the location, the life, the animals and themselves, there was nothing more to ask for.