Join us in our 7 acre hobby farm bubble this is our premier dog boarding service in rural British Columbia, Canada



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    We have been hosting farm volunteers for the past 8 years, and have met some amazing humans and made some life-long friends. We recently took a 2-month European adventure in 6 different countries. It was amazing to go to the homes, towns, and cities of 10 former workaway volunteers. It was a trip of a lifetime one we did not think being a host on workaway would allow us.

    Located 10 minutes outside the quiet little village of Lumby (pop 1,700) in the beautiful province of British Columbia (Canada).

    As a gay male couple (we've been together for 27 years), we are looking for open-minded, self-motivated folks to assist with our dog business, as well as with the gardening, ever-changing outdoor farm work, cooking and household chores. We require volunteers to be fluent in English so we can have conversations with each other and when things get busy we can be sure you understand the tasks and chores being asked of you.

    We are a premier dog boarding ( no cages or kennels ) business where all dog guests live in our home with us and get very personalized dog care. We typically have between 10 - 15 guest dogs, plus 5 of our own! The dogs have 14,000 sq ft of fenced dog playgrounds to run around and socialize in. We are known as "The Dog Guys", and consider our dog guests to be our fur nieces and nephews. We also go by Uncle Robb and Uncle Michael. As part of our unique dog care, we allow the dogs and cats to sleep on the bed with us at night. and ask that you be willing to do the same.

    As well as helping us with the dogs, we would like help with our many farm chores.

    We've got vegetable and flower gardens that need to be attended to throughout the spring, summer and into the fall.

    The tasks we need help with vary and change daily and we’re looking for self-motivated individuals who can look at what needs to be done and who have the initiative to do it but also to have the wisdom to ask for advice before commencing a task.

    We have a flock of about 100 laying hens ( also known as our Henriettas ) that need to be tended to by feeding, cleaning their coops, gathering, and washing and packaging their eggs. Two pot-bellied pigs, Bernadette & Frisco; two 30-year old Appaloosa horses, Mercedes & Papoose; an alpaca, Yuri; a cow named Daisy; 4 ducks, as well as our 5 dogs and 3 cats. Volunteers must love and not be allergic to cats as one of our downstairs rooms shares occupancy with our 3 amazing kitties.

    We both enjoy cooking and baking, and love learning new recipes from the countries of our farm volunteers, and we enjoy learning how people live in other parts of the world.

    Being so busy here with the dog boarding and the farm, we were not able to roam the world until recently, and Workaway is a unique way to bring the world to us.

    We have appreciated all the help we have received from volunteers from all around the world for the past 8 years and look forward to meeting all our future volunteers as well

    ~Write us today for more details~

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While you're with us, we'll show you around our region, the Okanagan Valley, as best we can given the time of year, and the time restrictions of caring for all of the animals here. Some of what we may be able to show you are: the Shuswap River, a valley view of Lumby from high atop of small mountain where you can see for miles both East and West, the Village of Lumby, the Cities of Vernon and Kelowna (the latter being a summer tourist destination (as well as Big White for skiers in the wintertime), an afternoon out on what Robb calls, "the Mabel Lake Trail" which includes a visit to the water falls at the small hydro electric generating station a short drive from us, to Mabel Lake Provincial Park, then on to the Mystic Trail and Cascade Falls.

    Another trip may include a trip to our friends, Laurie & Kevin of Silverhills Lowline Cattle, on their 20+ acre ranch overlooking a gorgeous vista of treed, mountainous area where they raise "lowline" cattle; full-grown but small stature cows.

    We'll also treat you to dinner out on occasion, from simple fare such as local pizza (usually ordered in) or Chinese smorg and Japanese sushi (usually ordered in), Sunday brunch at the local pub, or more elegant fare such as Thai, Greek or Italian food at a Vernon restaurant.

    Other recreational jaunts could include swimming at the local "swimming hole" on the Shuswap River or at Mabel Lake, hiking, or dropping you off for a day of hiking and to explore a beautiful trail at Kalamalka Lake, near Vernon. In Kelowna, the waterfront on the city shores of Okanagan Lake (approx 100 miles in length), extending between Penticton in the south through Kelowna and up to Vernon) has a very cool boardwalk, and starts at City Park filled with large trees and, in summer, flowers.

    When you come to stay in our "farm bubble", expect to be treated like family, because really you are family that we just haven't met yet!

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    You Must love and respect all animals......

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    In a private bedroom on the main level of our home, with access to a full bathroom ~plus~ a 1/2 bath (toilet and sink), a second bedroom downstairs (and attached extra room) shared with our 4 cats. We also have a private fifth wheel trailer we can use as well.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Waterfalls - Swimming (Shuswap River ~and~ Mabel and Okanagan Lakes) - Hiking - Canoeing - Kayaking - Sightseeing -

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    About 25 hours/week. We're not going to expect really hard labour of our work-a-way guests, but do we do need the extra hands!

the white horse is papoose and the brown one is merecedes
volunteer picking raspberries
Frisko, one of our pot bellied pigs.
Michael making choke cherry syrop
Robb giving some of our guests a treat.
your hosts. Robb on the left. Michael on the right.
everyone getting ready for a summer barbecue.
enjoying a evening fire
some of our 7 acres
view from back of our property
Cisco one of our Llamas
2 of our fur nieces enjoying our front yard
vegetable garden in mid summer.
front of our home,viewed from Mabel lake road

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