We are a busy at home raising & training our Tibetan Terrier Champion adults and their puppies (high altitude medium size dogs!) MUST BE COMFORTABLE AROUND FRIENDLY DOGS who mingle with the family, and be able relate to a normal range of dog behaviors (barking/jumping/being over-friendly!) . We have just relocated to a hilltop gorgeous authentic 1873 FARMHOUSE in Parker, Colorado, IN THE SOUTHEAST DENVER SUBURBS.
We are located 35 minutes southeast of cosmopolitan Denver, Colorado & 40 minutes from the awesome Denver International Airport.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
What guests will learn foremost is proper care and handling of dogs. Consider this an 'internship" and benefit accordingly.
Host is a world traveler who has lived and worked in France & England for 6 years and also in the Middle East for 3 summers as an archaeologist, and is licensed to teach French (university degree in French language). Having raised 4 children to adults, I understand 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 cultural exchange programs for almost 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.
Accepting adult travelers looking for an experience in the Denver, Colorado area. Must be very comfortable around friendly medium size dogs!
Total participation time is 25 hours per week in exchange for room and board, starting at first daylight and help on & off through dinner time. Internet skills helpful, but most current tasks will be household chores, & adult dogs & puppies care.
We very much appreciate self-starters, early risers, physically fit and positive people! Quick learners who can work calmly, efficiently and independently are most welcome. Reference(s) required and will be contacted.
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
NO firearms/weapons. If traveling with such, must be declared to the host and left in your vehicle or surrendered to the host upon arrival.
French - fluent (licensed to teach!), a bit of German
Guest(s) will stay in one of three carpeted guest private bedrooms with great country views on the 2nd floor i& share 1 full guest BATHROOM with tub/shower. (Host sleeps on the main floor). Parking space outdoors for a van/camper with 240 electric or can set up a tent, weather permitting.
House has TV, internet & wi-fi . A few adult dogs move freely in the house. Dogs have daily supervised outdoor play times in the fenced yard weather permitting, which is most of the time. Guests should dress appropriately (long pants, closed shoes) for outdoors & dog play.
Farm house is about 1/2 hour from light rail station connecting to Denver and/or the airport. There is a bus stop for Denver about 12 minutes away by car. Host will drive guests as needed/requested for a reasonable fee or free as time/scheduling permits.
Some guests enjoy running-jogging - biking along the wide open spaces next to the farm which is on a dirt/gravel road with spectacular views of the snow-capped Rockies to the West and stunning sunsets add majestic beauty. Farmhouse is in the midst of many horse farms at over 6,600 feet altitude. Host's younger adult family members in the area can provide additional info on the best hang-out spots & places to visit. Red Rocks outdoor music amphitheater venue is a must visit, open every day!
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, Railbender Skateboard Park, 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. Boulder (with its Colo University icampus with over 30,000 students) to the North East & Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods a FREE must visit!) to the South are further away but also worth day trips.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
max 25 hrs, 5 days per week, flexible schedule, early mornings a must. additional opportunity during the summer as farm/garden helper.