Well my second home stay has proven to go much smoother than the first! I was picked up the moment I got there and taken out for a coffee, always a good start!
Back at the house I was shown my room (yes actually one in the house with a double bed!) and then after some time to acclimatize I was shown the pets. They gave me a rundown of everything they expected, the do's and don'ts and it was quite a bit to take in but at least I had all the info from day one! When putting it all into practice the next day it was actually all very straight forward. One person walks the dogs in the morning and the other does it at night, and with that, all I had to do was take them to an exercise yard for 10mins each and play with them while the other cleaned the cages. When I was on cleaning, all I had to do was remove the poo, mop, and replace the food and water. It was a bit of a dirty job at times (depending on each different dogs particular bowl motion habits - some were terrible!) but it was all wasn't too bad really. I much prefer scooping up dog poo than cleaning someone else's toilet!
So with a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night of work it gave me a heap of free time. I guess the down side is that there really isn't much to do here, but that has given me a great excuse to laze around, have a siesta and spend a good proportion of my time by the pool! Perfect!
I have definitely had some good animal time while I have been here. Not only the dogs and cats from the boarding cages but also two more that live inside (one poor pup with a broken leg waiting to go to a new home-as they take in some strays), which sometimes think my bed is a good place to sleep. A ginger cat with anger issues, much preferring to gnaw off your hand than let you stroke it and an African grey parrot that has a broad vocab, but it's favorites are hola and hello and good night, but also throwing in some screeching sounds and "f***ing hell, f***ing hell" for good measure! Then a lady they knew needed to go to hospital for a while so they then took in her poodle and another African grey parrot! One is almost tolerable, but two! these guys are at it all day long! A particular favorite of the second parrot is to ring like a high pitched phone over and over and over and over....... oww my brain. And then they got a two month black lab to take care of for a week (it was too small for the kennels so it stays inside). This litter critter is so freaking cute! well until he started trying to bite and play with the other dogs, and trying to use the other dogs broken leg as a chew toy! and my skirt as a chew toy! and the table cloth as a chew toy! and power cords as a chew toy! and basically everything as a freaking chew toy!
So I have been staying at Dr Doolittle's house for the last couple of weeks, but it has been really good. I am now ready to go off and do some more exploring. Next stop: Cordoba then over to Portugal where I'm off to Lagos for a few days then off to Lisbon.....I'll keep you posted.
It has also given me time to get a website idea up and partially running thanks to Christophers design skills. And it has even given me enough time to order a mini laptop so I can keep connected on the go. I know it's a bit frivolous, but as I have no more of my holiday booked, it's kind of essential to be able to connect to the net to plan stuff, and getting online at a hostel is often expensive or you have to play a long waiting game with all the other people wanting to go on too.
The most exciting news is that Mum is now planning to come over to go on holiday with me! So all my down time has been dedicated to our holiday planning! So look out France, Italy and Greece, we will see you in September and October! Very Exciting