Property & Pet sitter needed on tropical island in Belize

House Sitter Needed for Username: Pemmela   

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Posted or Updated: Apr 5,2023   Applications: 3

Northern Cayes, Caye Caulker
Non US or Canadian State/Province Belize

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From: Sep 2,23  
To:      Oct 15,23
Days:  44, Medium Term Approximate

Caye Caulker is a popular tourist destination in Belize. It's a small island in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and the motto of the island is 'Go Slow!'. There are no cars, and the main forms of transportation are golf carts, bicycles, and flip flops. On our property we have 3 houses: our own house and 2 vacation rentals. If we get to an agreement you will live in one of the rentals, which is a basic though comfortable house: a living with kitchen, 2 small bedrooms with A/C (one with a queen and one with a double bed), Wi-Fi, Smart TV, veranda, shower and a lounge area with hammocks under the house. We have a dock just footsteps away from the property and the house is located on the smallest part of the island, which means the sea is within a minute walking on either side of the property. There are bikes and kayaks which you can use, and shops and restaurants are within 1-10 minutes bike ride.

We have 3 dogs: Gumbo, Mayzie, and Pixie. The first 2 are large, young dogs: Gumbo (4 yrs. old, 70 lbs) and Mayzie (2 yrs. old, 60 lbs). They're both a mix of boxer & pit bull (probably) and are very friendly, cuddly, and playful. Pixie is a rescue that has been living with us since March of this year. He’s an 8 year old poodle/terrier mix (around 30 lbs) and pretty low key. At daytime they're mostly in the yard, at nighttime they're inside the house. They need to be leash walked 2-3 times a day. Mostly short 10–20-minute walks as the 2 big ones have bad hips. Once or twice a week a longer walk. If you can take them for a swim in the sea, it's a plus. They're strong dogs and there are a lot of free roaming dogs and cats on the island. The 2 big dogs like to chase them, and if you’re not prepared for that (i.e., they see the cat/dog before you do), you have to be pretty strong to control them when that happens. 

As a house sitter you can enjoy everything the island has to offer: snorkelling at the second largest barrier reef in the world, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, chatting with the locals or just gaze at the sunset at our dock which is just footsteps away. We require that you sleep on the property every night and that you won't be partying all night long every night. It's slow season on the island, which means that a lot of people have less income than usual and look for 'alternative' means of income, one of the reasons that we need someone around. There is a small chance of hurricanes this time of year and you need to be prepared to take preparations & precautions in case a big storm/hurricane passes. There are always plenty of people to help with that, but if storms are not your thing, this might not be the right fit.

Other things to note:

  1. - There is a chance that the last 2 weeks, the sit is only with Pixie, as we have plans to take our dogs elsewhere on the mainland of Belize.
  2. - The dogs are walked either with a harness and leash or some kind of gentle leader. I can give you instructions of how to use that.
  3. - The small vacation rental on the property has guests for a few weeks. No need to clean, but the guests might have questions or need help with other things.
  4. - Belize has similar temperatures as Florida, but some experience it as being hotter as there are not a lot of airconditioned shops, restaurants, and other facilities. Life takes place outside and you must be prepared for that.

Let me know if you're interested and/or have questions and I can provide you with more details.

Preferably we're looking for 2 people to house sit.

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