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Hello! I'm now planning a project in my garden from april - 21. We'll need help from someone that's a bit experienced with gardening. Walking the dogs will also be one of the tasks.
I`m a 54 years old woman living with my two 3 years old alaskan malamutes (a male and a female) in Bø, Telemark, Norway. The dogs need a lot of walking and activity. I work 100%, shifts, in psychic health and most of my free time is spent with the dogs. We live in a small house and have a guestroom. My 27 years old son, living with his girlfriend in Grimstad, 2 1/2 hours drive from me, often has one of the dogs for a week or two. He takes with him one or both dogs for camping and long walks. He also takes them running with kickbike. He has also brought the female dog with him in canoe. In the winter he goes skiing with them pulling him or/and a sled.
I go long walks with the dogs and in the winter I use snowshoes instead of skies.
A friend of mine helps me watching the dogs in her home when I`m at work, but she has difficulty giving them long walks, so that`s not ideal for them. They love being with her still.
The two dogs loves everyone who wants to go walks with them. They are nice, friendly and have very good language/ communication with other dogs. They can be a bit stubborn so one can not give in. One example is that they wants to hunt other animals like cats and rabbits, so one have to say "no" and hold them back. We can not walk them without leash.
Help around the house
If You love dogs this is a nice experience. Our malamutes love being outdoors and they love being lacy and cuddled with at home. You will experience a lot of Norwegian nature. You will learn about Norwegian way of living i.e. traditional food. You might learn a bit of Norwegian language. You will meet my family and friends. I will bring You to places in the area that I think is special to this region in Norway and to museums if You want to. If You want to go camping I will tell You about nice places to go to and provide You with the necessary equipment (Tent or hammock, cooking gear and so on).
I have knowledge of a lot of techniques in needlework, like knitting, sewing logcabin and clothes, crocheting a.o., and I can learn you if you want to. I plan to make yarn of the doghair and knitt with it. I can teach you so you can knitt your own mittens.
The two malamutes needs a lot of walking and activity (sniffing and exploring the nature around them, bathing in the river, visit the dog park). I need help with the walking, activity and looking after when I`m at work. The dogs need minimum two hours walking/activity a day, the rest of the time is watching them. When I work evenings I want you to give the dogs their daily meal.
We also need help with training the dogs to stay in the dog yard when I`m at work, now they can`t be left alone. We want to take the dogs to dog show, so training to this event is also an activity for the dogs. Because the dogs shed a lot of hair it is helpful if we can get some help with daily vacuuming. I`ts required that You are used to handle (large) dogs, know about/or are interesting in learning about the breed and that you are physically strong. If we agree that you can only handle one dog at the time, the other dog can stay with my son or my friend instead.
If You want You can bring one or both dogs for camping in the forest or in the mountain area. The dogs carry their own food for the trip in their dogpack/backpacking. In the winther we have a sled for them.
The guestroom in my home is for You. It`s a rather small bedroom with a single bed. I think it`s possible to put in an other bed or madras if you are two workawayers. An alternative is sleeping in the garden in a tent, in the summer and autumn. The bathroom is small with a shower. Except for my bedroom, the rest of the house is for you to use as your own home. I make traditional Norwegian meals for us. You are free to make your own meals when I`m at work. I will of course buy all the food and also provide you with food for travels/camping.
We have no smoking in our home.
I`ts a 10 min walk to the buss stop. It takes 15 min with bus to the nearest center, Bø, where there is a trainstation, several shops, cafes, library and a cinema. You might also use my car or I can drive you when I have time.
When I`m not at work most of my time goes with the dogs, family and friends. Knitting, sewing, reading, watch tv, genealogy and yoga are some of my other hobbies.
Its a lot of beautiful sites to go hiking, camping and fishing in this distrikt. I have two bisycles you can use if you like.
There is a climbing wall near by.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4 days a week