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Vienna
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 26201
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: March 16, 2018

I am a retired U.S. diplomat with extensive overseas experience, including two years in Iraq. I am continuing to work at the Department of State part-time during the week. I am also the sole proprietor of a Bernese Mountain Dog operation, raising and training these companion animals. This is a large Swiss breed of the Working Dog Group that has many wonderful traits. I have two dogs, Nora, 7 1/2 years (acquired July '15), and a boy, Mirko, nearly five years old, from Belgium. My dogs normally participate in a variety of performance activities including agility, drafting, herding and obedience and I would expect my HelpXer to assist in those efforts.

I tried unsuccessfully to breed Nora several times; due to an infected uterus, I had to have her spayed a few months ago. I am looking to add a puppy girl to our household in the next few months and will absolutely need another pair of hands to help with her care. General kennel and household/yard chore duties are also expected. My preferred length of stay would be at least two weeks to a month or longer. I currently have three HelpXers with me, one who has been here 9 months and the other two 8 months. The guest (non-smoking please) would have full usage of the downstairs area of my house, which includes a private bedroom, bath and living area.

My property is located in the Washington, DC area, with the Dunn Loring Metro stop on the Orange Line a short distance away for easy access to downtown DC and all its tourist venues. Other nearby attractions include the Shenandoah National Park, a two-hour drive away, as well as other hiking areas in Virginia and Maryland. The Zillow link above shows pictures of my house.

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