Handsome tabby in James Herriot's home town
We are a married couple in the 55-64 age group; Simon is a retired civil engineer active in various local roles and I work from home as a freelance editor and proofreader. We have three married children in various locations in England. We have just had our first grandchild but the family live in Winchester, so we will be away more often visiting the baby. As we don't like to trouble neighbours to feed our new cat too often, we thought Trusted Housesitters would be a good idea. Our only housesitting experience so far is that we 'loaned' our house to four Canadian visitors for a week last summer when they came to see friends of ours. We prefer non-smokers, please.
We think our home is most suitable for a couple, as it isn't really set up for children, and you should preferably have a car, as you can't really explore the lovely countryside around here without one, although there's a decent rail service to cities such as Leeds, York and Durham....
There is currently building work going on behind us, which can mean dust in the summer when doors/windows are open, but it stops at night. + More info
Our Home & Location
Thirsk is a small but growing market town in North Yorkshire, England. It is 8 miles (13 km) south-south east of the county town of Northallerton and 24 miles (39 km) north of the wonderful city of York. It is a popular tourist destination as it is close to both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, and within 50 miles of the coast. It was the home of vet and author James Herriot and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord's Cricket Ground is named. Thirsk Racecourse lies on the western edge of the town. It has a pretty market square with good shops, a twice-weekly market, three supermarkets within easy reach of our house, a swimming pool and gym and many pubs and places to eat. It's a great place if you like walking. There is a railway station two miles from our home (on the main line from London to Scotland) and a few buses a day, which go to Ripon, Northallerton and York.
Responsibilities & Pets
Riley was found abandoned in 2018, rescued by the Blue Cross charity and adopted by us in August. He has a nice nature but is very playful and will chase anything that moves. He is not at all vicious but his claws can be rather sharp when he gets excited! Maybe as a result of living rough for a while, he is very greedy and will try to eat anything he can get hold of. He is agile and jumps onto tables and work surfaces, so it is not wise to leave any food out. He is not overly affectionate but will curl up next to us in the evenings and likes to come into the garden when we go out there.
He seems quite timid and does not go out much except for toileting purposes. He doesn't need a litter tray. He does not seem too bothered by the dogs who live on either side of us and keeps his distance from other cats. He is insured and microchipped and his vaccinations are up to date. He is registered at the Skeldale Veterinary Centre, where the famous James Herriot worked....
All he needs is regular feeding and a bit of company, as we are reluctant to put him in a cattery again after his experience of being abandoned. + More info
April 2019 | Debs