We are a busy at home raising & training and going to dog shows with our Tibetan Terriers (high altitude medium size Himalayan dogs). Puppies are due mid- June and will be with us until September. MUST BE COMFORTABLE AROUND FRIENDLY DOGS who mingle with the family, and be able relate to a normal range of dog behaviors (occasional barking/jumping/being over-friendly!) . We live on a gorgeous updated/renovated 5 bedroom hilltop 1878 FARMHOUSE in Parker, Colorado, about 40 minutes southeast of cosmopolitan Denver center & from the awesome Denver International Airport.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
What guests will learn foremost is dog & puppy care in a mentorship/intership setting.
Host is a world traveler who has lived and worked in finance in France & England and also in the Middle East as an archaeologist, and is licensed to teach French (University degree in French language). Having raised 4 children to adults, the host understands how to give privacy and support as needed. We share stories and accept all differences in backgrounds, so long as you have a good heart, smile and are ethical/honest.
Having participated in these cultural exchange programs for 5 fun years, I rate this sort of program as a much needed and valuable opportunity for both guests and hosts to grow and expand their horizons.
Host also is a Young Living (all-natural) essential oils therapy practitioner (#787163) and is happy to share her knowledge with others about herbs & natural plant oils for healthy living.
Accepting adult travelers, preferably in their 20s, who are looking for a 'canine' experience in the Denver, Colorado area. Must be comfortable around friendly medium-size dogs!
Total participation is usually mornings and/or less so in the afternoons and is flexible per week to accommodate helper's and host's weekly plans. Tasks will be helping host with pet care, household 'chores' & possibly an internet project.
We very much appreciate physically fit, efficient self-starters, with a calm, positive manner. Reference(s) required and will be contacted. You will be welcomed as a guest & part of the family during your visit. Your dietary needs will be accommodated. Two-week stay is preferred. Guest should have adequate funds to enjoy the region and move-on to the next adventure.
Here is our "NO" list:
N0 tobacco smoking, recreational drug use on the property (indoors or outside)
NO children/guests under 18 years old.
NO personal pets
French - fluent (licensed to teach!), a bit of German
Guest(s) stay in an upstairs carpeted private guest bedroom with mountain views & share a 2nd floor bathroom with tub/shower. Guests are welcomed in all the 'common' rooms. Outdoor parking for truck or van/camper (240 electric runs from garage), but prefer if guest(s) sleep in the house. Guests traveling in their own car will find it easy to get around the region.
House has TV, & wi-fi internet. Cell phone signals generally good.
Farm house is about 1/2 hour from two light rail lines connecting to Denver and/or the airport. A bus stop for Denver is about 12 minutes away by car. Host will drive guests as needed/requested for a reasonable fee or free as time/scheduling permits. Having your own car helps get around the metro area and to places of interest.
Some guests enjoy running-jogging - biking through the pines & meadows on the farm which is on a dirt/gravel road with spectacular views of the snow-capped Rockies to the West with stunning sunsets add majestic beauty. Farmhouse is in the midst of many horse farms at over 6,600 feet altitude. Red Rocks outdoor music amphitheater & Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak are both "must see" day trips & about 45 minutes to an hour away along the Front Range of the Rockies.
In our town of Parker, a town of 50,000 people at an altitude of 5,800' (1,780 meters), things to do/visit include arcades, bowling, Go-Karts, Discovery Park - ice skating in winter/ splash park in the summer, Railbender Skateboard Park, minature golf, bike trails throughout town, movie theater, public library with internet, an equestrian center, & Boondocks amusement area. Castle wood Canyon State Park is about 10 miles south and has one of the top 5 rock climbing walls in Colorado. Miller Park in Castle Rock has a zip line and high ropes course, 200 step “incline”, Hidden Mesa Open Space (7 miles south) has several miles of trails for mountain biking or hiking. There are lots of ethnic restaurant choices.
Denver is the Colorado state capital and it's a vibrant town with both cultural & outdoor activities. The Denver Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Art Museums by day and lots of club / bar/ restaurant activity by night make for a special visit at reasonable prices. Boulder (with its University campus with over 30,000 students) to the North East of Denver is a fun hang-out town about an hour north.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
mornings OR afternoons, 5 days a week, or any mutually agreed upon schedule