We are a retired couple in our 60's looking for a couple to house sit early next year, January 20th - February 6th. 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 just north of Washington DC.
We are looking for mature, responsible and patient, cat and dog lovers. We would prefer a couple. The person or persons should be non-smoking, provide references and a background check(free and very easy to get) and would need to have or rent a car while sitting. We'd like to talk (by video call on , if possible) before hand.
Our 4-year-old standard poodle loves people and likes lots of attention - of course! The two cats sweet and friendly and are indoor/outdoor - no litter box. The pets are all healthy.
Specifics of pet care:
The sitters would need to feed and 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 area is a little hilly so you'd need to be able to handle the 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.
No lawn or garden care is required but we'd like the sitters to water house plants (once a week) and deck plants(if needed), fill bird feeders and bird baths. Also there's no need to collect the mail (we'll stop it) but you will get the paper (The Washington Post). You'd have to put out the trash twice a week and the recycling once a week.
The house is fully and nicely furnished (great mattresses - clean and fresh with linens). We have Wi-Fi, television with cable, Verizon FIOS, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, a stereo system, LOTS of CD's a record player and lots of records! Also, a cook's kitchen (condiments and spices/herbs, onions, garlic etc. are yours to use) and a large, full daylight basement with a second wood burning fireplace and a cozy theater room and an exercycle and a treadmill.
There is a deck with a grill (we use it year round) and table/chairs/umbrella off the kitchen overlooking the back yard with trees, a garden and benches. The back yard is fenced, backs to woods and is actually a ceritified bird and wildlife habitat! The house is on a court - not a lot of traffic.
It's a great neighborhood to walk in; It's safe, clean and pretty! There is also a trail through the woods to the neighborhood behind us, with a bridge over a little, spring-fed 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 lovely (Germantown) Performing Arts Center (with jazz, comedy and music - also, in summer, free outdoor concerts), a large modern 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) all within 5 to 15 minutes of our house by car, 5 to 30 minutes by bicycle (we have bicycles you can use) .
More Specifics (than you will probably need! :)
The Germantown Sportsplex mentioned above has all kinds of local sports games to watch indoors and outdoors and includes some pro-soccer. There is a fabulous miniature golf course there as well. There is an outdoor neighborhood pool (open in Summer), and a gym within walking distance of the house - about a mile - at the Montgomery County Germantown Recreation Center.
Also, available near us (we have lots of 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 public orchards - Butler's and 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 our dog, Summer.