Senior pug and 2 indoor cats looking for a quiet person to enjoy them and Portland, OR
Hi, I am retired for a couple of years from public service, and want to be free to travel more often, and for longer stints, and not have to pay for pet sitting. I love my pets, and have traditionally paid for overnight sitters, who left during the days. Some of my favorite activities are bird watching, hiking, camping and kayaking.
Our Home & Location
I live in a ranch-style home on the east side of Portland, with easy access to I-84, I-205 and the airport. Groceries, coffee, the bus line and Max train are within a mile of home. The Columbia River gorge is just 10 miles away on I-84, and offers scenic views, boating access, and lots of hikes. Portland is an easy day trip to the northern Oregon beaches and fun-to-explore coastal communities. My yard has lots of mature trees and shrubs, making the front and back yards feel quiet and private. Indoors there are many updates to make your stay comfortable: air conditioning (if needed), a remodeled bathroom with large shower, all kitchen appliances, and a new (!) HD tv. The basement includes a washer and dryer.
Responsibilities & Pets
Emma and the cats are fed morning and late afternoon. If you are out in the late afternoon, they will all be fine until you return, as long as your time away isn't more than 8 to 9 hours. Emma is fed in the kitchen, and the cats in the basement where Emma doesn't go (otherwise she'd try to eat their food and their litter box deposits). After breakfast and dinner, and if you are home, at other intervals (such as at bedtime), Emma needs to be taken out to the (fenced) back yard, and encouraged to "go pee," and to "pee some more" (poop, unless she does that first). When I bring Emma back in, I give her two or three Charlie Bear treats, and put a couple of Temptations treats on the counter by the stove, and above on the pass-through counter, for the cats. If they are feeling safe, they might come out and eat them, even after you leave the kitchen. If they don't, you can put them back and try again another time. If you were to leave the cats' treats out for any length of time, Emma would drive you crazy trying to get at them ; ). Emma has a wee pad in the 2nd bedroom for accidents/needs between her accompanied trips out back. When I'm home, I give her several other trips out back (usually because I want to be outside, but also to give her opportunities. She doesn't communicate pottying needs very clearly. Sometimes she'll go to the door to the garage and scratch it, or whine. (But with me, this also can be a ruse to get my attention, and possibly some treats! I wonder whether she'll try to play you, too...)
Emma loves to snuggle with me, and will with you, on the couch, on the chair, and in bed. The cats don't like to be picked up, and are likely not going to come to you unless you are a cat whisperer. But they do love to be verbally wooed in a soft voice. When I lie on the floor or on the couch, the cats might come to me for petting, or to lie on me to snuggle....
Emma needs to be discouraged/prevented from jumping up and down from all surfaces due to her sore back. She is a gourmand, and can be given a couple of baby carrots (broken up) a couple of times in the evening, if you're willing.
The cats need to stay inside, and I don't even allow them into the garage, which is the route to the back yard. Emma is free to roam the back yard, but she won't go or stay there without you. + More info