I love to travel. The only drawback is leaving my much-loved (and admittedly a bit spoiled) two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers at home. Having now met more than a few exceptional pet sitters who have cared for them, I can better enjoy myself when I wander the world. Throughout, I have found communication is key.
My preference is for a couple to sit for my fur-kids. Walks are easier and more enjoyable when it’s one-person-one-dog. Tollers are extremely good natured (both of mine are “office greeters” on a regular basis), but Penny is reactive. While she loves people, when on leashed walks she needs a steady hand.
In the fenced yard, Cooper (going on 10-yrs-old) loves playing ball. Penny (just turned 7) is more likely to hunt through the bushes and generally romp but isn’t a big ball player.
It's most important to me that the dogs feel at home while I'm away. Therefore I ask that sitters sleep in the primary bedroom (a king bed) on the first floor. Expect one or both dogs to sleep with you. It is, after all, their bed, too. :)
My house sits on 1.5 acres with a four-foot fence enclosing a good-size area to run out front. Just out the door, there are several +/-mile long loops to walk through quiet neighborhoods. Another favorite place to walk are the wooded paths at a conservation area just a short drive down the street (we rarely see other people or dogs there). There are several beautiful bay beaches from a little over a mile to several miles away. It's an easy walk into town, to the library, shops, the market, and restaurants. If sitters require transportation, my Toyota Rav4 is available.
Cape Cod has numerous conservation areas, including much of the National Seashore, that allow dogs on leash. When the weather is cool enough, the dogs are happy in the car. They are content to ride along as you adventure around the Cape and to stop for a nice walk here or there.
Cape Cod is truly lovely. Surrounded by water warmed by the Gulf Stream, winters are milder than the "typical" New England winter. The Cape is known for its beautiful landscape and "artists' light," and filled with unspoiled areas, sweeping dunes and beautiful beaches especially in the quieter off-season.
Come experience it for yourself. I know two really cute dogs waiting to show you around!