We are a retired couple in our 60's looking for a couple to house sit this Summer, August . We have a friendly, 4 year-old standard poodle and two 6 year-old cats.
Our house sits on a quiet court (lots of little children playing on our block), is big and sunny and the yard backs to woods. We keep the house clean. We have friendly neighbors and the neighborhood is in a lovely, safe, suburban area.
Of course, there are lots of some of the best touristy things to do in Washington DC with all that the nation's capitol has to offer! There is also lots to do near our house in Montgomery County and you can enjoy being homebodies in our comfortable house and neighborhood (read on)!
We are looking for mature, responsible and patient, cat and dog lovers. The person or persons should be non-smoking, provide references and must have or rent a car while sitting. We'd like to talk on by beforehand. It's true that ats are easier than dogs, but it's very important to us that the cats receive loving care and attention, too.
Our 4-year-old standard poodle is very people-oriented and likes lots of attention - of course! The two cats are indoor/outdoor. The pets are all healthy. The housesitters should be living at the house and staying at the house every night.
Specifics of pet care:
The sitters would need to walk the dog, one or two times a day, for about 30 minutes (or more, if you like), play with her and pick up after her in the yard and on walks. The cats love being petted and brushed.
It would be good to have an /text about how the pets are doing every few days. The pets should not be left alone for more than 6 hours a day on a regular basis.
No lawn or garden care is required but we'd like the sitters to water house plants (once a week) and deck plants, fill bird feeders and bird baths.
The house is fully and nicely furnished. We have Wi-Fi, television with cable and Verizon FIOS. Also, a cook's kitchen (condiments and spices/herbs are yours to use) and a full daylight basement with a cozy theater room and an exercycle and a treadmill.
There is a deck with a grill and table/chairs/umbrella off the kitchen overlooking the back yard with trees, a garden and benches. The back yard is fenced and backs to woods in a safe neighborhood on a quiet court.
It's a great neighborhood to walk in; there is also a trail through the woods to the neighborhood behind us, with a bridge over the creek. People are friendly and since it's a small development, everyone knows us - you can go to the neighbors for anything!
There are shops, shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater complex, a Performing Arts Center (with jazz, comedy, music, outdoor concerts in summer) a large new library, many large parks: 2 with lakes for fishing, a public golf course, a huge sportsplex and countryside of horse farms and farms, an agricultural preserve (great for bicycling) within 5 to 15 minutes of our house by car, 5 to 30 minutes by bicycle (we have bicycles) .
The Gerrmantown Sportsplex mentioned above has all kinds of local games to watch indoors and outdoors and includes some pro-soccer. There is a fabulous miniature golf course there as well, and more. There is an outdoor neighborhood pool (open in Summer), and a small gym within walking distance of the house - about a mile - at the Montgomery County Germantown Recreation Center.
Also, available near us (we have literature for you): Black Hills Regional Park (walking, picnicking etc.), Great Seneca Lake(water reservoir - fishing and very pleasant walking), Seneca State Park with a creek and lake w/ walking trails and fishing, several other (some large) state and county parks, Sugarloaf Mountain ( a small private mountain for free, public walking; hiking; easy climbing), horseback riding at nearby horse farms, farm stands, a couple of orchards(Butler's or Lewis Orchards) that are open to the public (you can pick your own fruit, pumpkins, etc. ) and lots more.
There are Food and Wine Festivals and Art and Craft Festivals with live music within driving distance, throughout the year.
Dogs are allowed in some areas and at some events. If you want to take the dog - check before you go.
The D.C. Area:
Our suburb is northwest of and about 15 miles from Washington, D.C. where you can see and do all that the nation's capitol has to offer: lots of Museums, the Washington "Mall"(Smithsonian Museums, the American Indian Museum, the White House (you can take a tour - get tickets!), The Capital building, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam memorial and lots more), the National Zoo, the Kennedy Center and other excellent theaters with shows, plays, concerts, ballet and other events, pro-sports - baseball, football, basketball, soccer - and of course great shopping! If you plan to go to a theater, get tickets before you arrive for the larger shows. You can rent boats/kayaks to go on Potomac River. Great Falls Park is a National Park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River which runs right through the city. It's a wonderful walking area with some spectacular overviews of the Falls. You can take the ferry (White's Ferry) across the river into VA too. There are more things to do than I can list!
Of course you can go just about anywhere you please on public transportation. You can drive into DC (we're less than 10 minutes from I-270) and pay for parking , or take the subway or the commuter train (I like the train but most other people seem to prefer the subway). We use all the modes of transportation, depending on where we're going. We can provide you with subway and train maps/times if you plan to go that route.