We are a retired couple in our 60's looking for a couple to house sit this Fall, October 12th - October 21st. We have a friendly, 5 year-old standard poodle and two 7 year-old cats.
Our house sits on a quiet court, 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 north of Washington DC. We are also not too far from Virginia, West Virginia and historic northern Maryland so there are lots of touristy things to do! Read on for lots of details!
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 would need to have or rent a car while sitting. We'd like to talk on the phone or by video call on , before hand.
Specifics of pet care:
The sitters would need to walk the dog, once or twice 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 couple of days.
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 with clean and fresh mattresses and linens. We have Wi-Fi, television with cable, Verizon FIOS, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, CBS all access, a stereo system and an Echo Alexa device with Amazon Prime Music. Also, a great kitchen - use our condiments and spices/herbs, onions, garlic etc. if you cook. There is a large, full daylight basement with a wood burning fireplace, small 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, backs to woods and is actually a ceritified bird and wildlife habitat!
It's a great neighborhood to walk in; It's safe, clean and pretty!
There are shops, shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater complex, a lovely Performing Arts Center, a large modern library, many large parks: 2 with lakes for fishing, a public golf course, a huge sportsplex and countryside of horse 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 ever need :)
The Germantown Sportsplex has all kinds of local sports games to watch indoors and outdoors and a fabulous miniature golf course.
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 public orchard - Butler's- that are open to the public some months(you can pick your own fruit, pumpkins, etc. ) and lots more.
There are Food and Wine Festivals and Art Festivals with live music within driving distance.
Dogs are allowed in some areas and at some events, if you want to take our dog, Summer.
Washington D.C. of course has so many things to do! We have brochures and literature for you but just to mention a few (or the free Smithsonian Museums, the monuments, parks, botanical gardens, JFK Center fo the Performing Arts, the National Cathedral, the Washington National Zoo, the National Archives( the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution), the Phillips Art Gallery, the National Geographic Museum, the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington's 9:30 Club (Rolling Stone named it one of the 10 best live music venues in America), Dumbarton House and Oaks gardens - one of our favorites.
Also the historic towns of Frederick, Shepardstown, Harper's Ferry - see this for more
In Fall, check out this for festivals
If you're interested, let's make arrangements!