Brixham is a lovely character filled, small fishing town in the district of Torbay in the county of Devon, south-west of England.
The harbour is abundant with old fishing boats and surrounded by more fish and chips shops than anywhere I’ve seen…. and I must say they taste pretty good!
It is here that I met Bentley, the most loveable spaniel !
Bentley had given the owners, Vanessa and Luke a scare just prior to my arrival due the emergency removal of an unknown and suspicious growth on his rear paw.
This was only discovered by the groomer who was making sure he was looking immaculate and of course smelling sweet in preparation for my arrival 🙂
As you can imagine, that is not the kind of news that you want when you are about to depart on an overseas holiday and your beloved dog is about to be left with a total stranger.
However, I am pleased to say that my duties do include veterinary visits when necessary and it was a pleasure to drive Bentley to a followup appointment to ensure that all was ok. I was even further delighted when the results of the biopsy did not reveal anything nasty and the diagnosis was put down to a splinter that lead to a slight infection. So, we were not able to go for as many walkies for a few days but there were definitely smiles all round with a speedy recovery and a some very enjoyable walks with Bentley in and around the beautiful South Devon area of England.
What the owners had to say…..
If there is an 'elite' level of house sitters, Anthony has to be at the top!
From the moment he got in touch, even to the present day after the sit, he has been charming, thoughtful, very caring, witty... just all-round wonderful!
We had a bit of a nightmare just before we left, in that our dog needed to have a suspicious lump removed from his foot urgently. This meant of course that Anthony would have to be a doggy nurse, and would not be able to get out and about on walks with Bentley for the first week of his sit.
I was worried that it might be disappointing for him not being able to get out and about as much as he may have planned, and of course was also worried about my dog and what the lump might be.
What can I say, Anthony totally reassured me that not only would he be comfortable playing nurse, but that Bentley's health, happiness and welfare was his highest priority, and he would be very happy to do whatever was required. Such a relief! We left as planned for our holiday knowing that Bentley would be in excellent hands.
Thankfully whilst we were away we had a call from the vet to say that the lump was benign, which allowed us to relax even more on holiday!
Whilst we were away, Anthony kept in regular contact and sent us lots of fantastic photos of Bentley. It was very clear from the photos that not only was Bentley recovering extremely well, but that he also seemed to be having the time of his life! As the paw got better, they were able to get out and about more, and I'm quite sure Bentley had an amazing time.
On our return, the house was immaculate. We had some beautiful flowers and a charming card, and I must say we were rather sad to take him to the airport for his next house sitting adventure.
If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to have Anthony house and pet sit for you - jump at it with both hands!
We would certainly count him as a friend, and very much hope to be lucky enough to cross paths with him again sometime soon.
Thank you Anthony! 5*'s are not enough, but that's all we can leave! xxx