We are a busy at home raising & training and going to dog shows (after Covid-19 restrictions lift) with our Tibetan Terriers show dogs (high altitude medium size Himalayan dogs). 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.
Due to the Corona virus, will not be accepting travelers until there is a clear reduction in new positive test results and a drop in hospitializations.
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
What guests will learn foremost is dog &/or 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 and have good personal hygiene.
Having participated in these cultural exchange programs for 6 fun years, I rate this program as a much needed and valuable opportunity for both guests and hosts to grow and expand their horizons. We have made many friendships that continue after the stay is over.
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 an adult traveler who is looking for a 'canine' experience in the Denver, Colorado area. Must be comfortable around 6 friendly medium-size dogs! Planning for a litter of puppies in late summer 2020.
Participation is during the daytime for about 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Tasks will be mainly helping host with pet care and possibly some indoor or outdoor chores and/or internet 'stuff'.
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 or three 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 smoking or recreational drug use on the property (indoors or outside), no burning any substance on the property (high fire danger we live on a large property of meadows and pines!)
NO children/guests under 18 years old.
This host offers a language exchange
Je parle Francais! I spent a school year at the Universite de Strasbourg, FRANCE and have taught French here in the USA . I am a good host for French speaking guests. I also speak a little German.
Guest(s) stay in an upstairs carpeted private guest bedroom & 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 guest(s) should sleep in the house. Guests traveling in their own car/van/truck will have a more flexible stay & be to get around the area to see the sights in the region.
House has TV, & wi-fi internet. Cell phone signals good to excellent.
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 15 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/transportation 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 to the west & Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak to the south are both "must see" day trips about 45 minutes to an hour away along the Front Range of the Rockies. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, plan on a quiet stay with social distancing restrictions in place in the region, that as of May 2020 are slowing easing. All of the below info relates to the area when everything is 'open'.
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, outdoor ice skating in winter (skate rental available), 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. Castlewood 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 ( I am a member of the Denver Art Museum with the Claude Monet Exhibit open in January 2020) 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.
In January 2020, winter sports in areas ( for example: ice hockey, basketball, monster trucks, wrestling, Western Stock Show runs through the end of the month). Mountain ski/snowboarding is in full swing- lots of snow, resorts open.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have 5-G wireless internet throughout the house & multiple TVs with cable service.
There is a very large level area with 240 volt RV electric and/or normal electric for hook-ups. NO waste dump area. Camping in our forest with signed liability waiver a possibility.
daytime, 5+ hours/5 days per week or any mutually agreed upon schedule