Sweet cottage and garden in the heart of Silicon Valley
My name is Laura and I'm an osteopathic physician in the Bay Area. I love my job, but I also enjoy learning and traveling, and so I'm often out of town for various events ranging from camping to medical conferences. I love animals and adopted a happy self sufficient female cat named Willow with doglike qualities. She does well for 1-2 days on her own, but she has an affectionate nature and thrives with human companions. Thankfully, she is VERY low maintenance. She is a combo indoor/outdoor cat with a cat door, so there is NO litter box to change. Her food and water are mostly self-filling. Easy. I'll fill in on home/cat needs below.
Our Home & Location
I live in a very small 2 bedroom cottage in downtown Palo Alto on a secret little plot surrounded by fruit trees and my garden. There are 3 fig trees, 3 lemon trees, a kumquat tree, and a plum tree, as well as a box garden and herb garden. My home is 1 block from University Ave which is full of restaurants, cafes, and other thriving businesses. My home is tucked away, mostly quiet, and quite safe. It's 8 blocks from the train station (University Ave Stop on Cal Train), on various bus routes, and walkable to Whole Foods and various gyms and yoga classes. Palo Alto is central to many Silicon Vally companies as well as Stanford University and Hospital. There are a number of lovely scenic walks within a 15-20 minute drive. More remote trails for hiking and mountain biking in nature are 30 min away. The beach/Pacific Ocean is about 45 min-1 hour away. One thing I like to tell people is that my home does get warm in the summer. I have an AC installed in the bedroom but on hot summer days, it can get quite warm in the main living area. Thankfully, there are many cafes with AC nearby and two FANTASTIC heated public swimming/lap pools within a 8 minute drive which have a $6-$7 drop in fee.
Responsibilities & Pets
I need help with the following:
-Giving my cat Willow some daily affection...
-Feeding her a little wet food at night
-Making sure her dry food and water are in good supply
-Bringing in the mail
-Watering the garden and indoor plants
-If you are in residence - taking out the trash which is cleared Monday morning
-Staying in good form with my older landlady who lives in the front house. + More info