Have you heard of Whidbey Island? So magical, ferries take you here. South Whidbey is a happy community of summer markets, art and music, cafes and restaurants, theatre, events; a free island bus; beaches, trails and dogparks. People come here to be writers, artists, retirees, raise a family... Seattle is an hour away (without traffic), Mukilteo ferry ten is minutes from my apartment. It is a pleasure to have a dog here!
I'm still interviewing for this position, as my return date has changed, and my address. Penny will stay in my carriage house apartment so she can be in a familiar place and avoid the 4th of July fireworks (I was going to move to the beach but will wait until August 1st, when back from travel). This is a sweet apartment with full bath, propane kitchen, one bedroom for single or couple. No other pets, as landlords have two dogs next door. They will return in early July. The pictures will be updated to show my furnishings.
Penny dog is my companion and best friend. I have a chance to travel to northern Europe this summer, when I find a stable, loving caretaker. She has local friends she can stay with for a day or overnight... very easy to care for, if you like walking, and communicating with a healthy, smart, sensitive animal. She doesn't bark or chase deer or chickens (yay). I have had friends stay with her for several weeks and it worked out fine. I haven't used Housecarers before.
She is a medium-sized Pharoah hound/English pointer from Hawaii, about eight years old. She is crazy for rabbits, of which we have hundreds on Whidbey. There is a fenced yard here! Penny is used to several short walks a day, or at least one good excursion of an hour or so. There are many places where dogs run free, but she must be on leash with you on the trails while you get acquainted. I'm looking for someone who's home a lot, or will take her along.
I'd prefer if you could use your own car to tote Penny around, and I'll pay a cleaning fee. Contract for care will be in writing; I will pay dog expenses (food), leave a card number at the vet (ten minutes away); and I pay rent and utilities.
Please contact me with any questions. I leave 13 June but it would be great if you'd arrive on the 11th and stay in the main house, to get aquainted. I am flexible on my return date in the third week of July, probably the 17th or 20th. I will know soon.