Float down the river past our Bridge of Flowers to get your morning coffee and visit the Glacial Potholes below a dam where the Mohawk and Penobscot indians formed a fishing treaty in 1708 to ensure perpetual peace in a rich fishing area. Our home is a 5-10 min. walk to the waterfall and Village library, coffee shops, art galleries and bakery, Yoga studio, whole foods Coop, and we have a weekly farmers market 1/2 a block from the house.
We are looking for a house and pet-sitter who can give loving attention and multiple short walks to our two small, energetic Japanese Spitzes (who also have a dog-door to an outside kennel), and give daily fresh salads to our two adult and 3 baby Red Footed tortoises. We do have two snakes: A ball python and a corn snake, but will feed them before we leave - so no need for more than misting. (We can also take the snakes to another household if they are a problem.) Oh! and we have a Packman frog who will need crickets (our girls are allergic to cats & have come to love reptiles and amphibians).
The outside of the house is plain (it used to be a wagon wheel factory), but the inside very comfortable, w/ overhead fans/Washer/Drier/dishwasher/clawfoot tub and separate shower. There's a large private yard perfect for BBQs overlooking a swimmable river (cleanest rivershed in New England) where we tie our kayaks. The bedroom we recommend overlooks the river and can have aircon if required.
August is the best time to be in this friendly town, close to rural and music fairs, museums, hikes, swimming and more. Our peach tree should be ripe in time for our exit and your arrival! For more about the area, Google: shelburnefalls
I've put together a chores list to be upfront. It constitutes about 30 to 40 minutes in the early AM, 10 minutes at noon or later, 5-10 minutes at bedtime; though any amount of animal play or just company in-between is always appreciated by the dogs. We also have a back-up dog-walker living next door willing to help regularly, and another neighbor willing to take the snakes if they are bothersome.
Here's the chores list:
• Early AM (6:30 or 7:30 am if possible) walk two small Japanese Spitzes (ten minutes around the block). Feed dogs 1/2 cup dry food each (or fill play toys with food and hide around the house -this is a new idea-in-progress).
• Give a handful of Kale and some root veggies to Two adult and 3 baby tortoises,
• Turn on tortoise and snake lights and mist (the mister is huge so it takes less than 2 minutes).
• Give crickets to the frog (we may give the frog to our local Veterinarian for the duration - and possibly the snakes. In any case, the latter won't need feeding until we get back).
• Fill the bird feeder.
--This all takes me about 1/2 hour each morning. Kale and crickets may need replenishing at some point.
The dogs love to visit during the day if possible, often just sitting at my feet while I read or work (we have Wifi). They also can wait if folks aren't around during mid-day:
• If possible they get a noon or evening walk (10 minutes?), but can also go through a dog door to a fenced yard (the neighbors prefer we don't let them out too early [not before 9am?] in case they bark). They'll take as many short walks as you care to give them, but they can go outside on their own, in other words. Both are rescues, and one is very shy (one reason we want to keep her at home). I walk them together, but they could be walked separately if that's difficult. We do have to scoop poop in town (really a rural village with tourism as its main industry).
• In the evening I feed dogs again when I eat, and take them out for a brief pee just before bedtime, mist the Tortoises again, and turn off their lights. If you care to, the adult torts love walks in the garden, but do quite well without that (and they require constant vigilance or they go right for the hedge).