Full time live-in to care for pets, plants, and house. Must be knowledgeable about pets and plants, able to handle emergencies calmly, including minor household repairs. Friendly, neat and clean.
We are a couple (married 35 years!) with adult children. I am a retired public sector CFO and my husband is still working in an international career. We have spent many years living and traveling overseas and now that I am retired I enjoy joining my husband on his overseas work. Our house is full of things we have collected in our travels, full of pets, and full of plants! We live in a fairly standard suburban neighborhood south of the District of Columbia, with the added benefit of living on a court. The house backs into the woods with a stream that runs behind the house. It is beautiful and peaceful while still giving easy access to all the amenities of the DC metro area.
Our Home & Location
The house is in the northern Virginia suburbs in the District of Columbia metro area. Many people (including us) consider this an ideal location to live in. You have all of the amenities of a vibrant city -- the national museums (free at all times!) with amazing arts, crafts, and other exhibits; fabulous music of all types from classical to bluegrass to folk; a vibrant national and local theater scene; great restaurants throughout the metro area; a diverse population where many languages are spoken and the restaurants and music reflect the diversity of the population... I could go on but check it out online.
At the same time you can head east to the Atlantic Ocean or west to the mountains -- either way it takes a little less than two hours so a day trip is possible. All of the outdoor activities of the Shenandoah Valley are easily accessible. There are many local and regional parks. If you fish there is a great fishing spot within a 15 minutes walk. If you are a history buff you are in a great location to explore many civil war sites. If you are a plant and/or garden fan there are several botanical gardens and private homes with amazing gardens to explore. If you are a crafter or quilter there are many many groups you can join.
Responsibilities & Pets
Priority for the sitter is taking care of one dog, three cats, and a tank of fish. Care includes feeding, brushing, exercise, and providing plenty of attention and love. None of the pets has any special medication requirements except monthly flea, tick, and heartworm meds.
Deuce, the dog, is an 11 year old Catahula-Lab mix, a Katrina rescue. He is friendly and obedient; everyone loves him and he loves everyone. The three cats are a mixture. KarmaCat (KC for short) is a domestic dilute calico short hair who is very affectionate and the quiet boss of the cat household. Brie is a purebred Ragdoll. Brie thinks she should be the boss of the cat household and is alternately sneaky and direct in challenging the hierarchy. Brie is part dog; she follows you everywhere no matter where you go. Georgia is our special needs kitty. She's a short-haired grey tabby. She wants to be near people but doesn't like to be touched. She prefers men over women. It will take her awhile to warm up to new women in the household but if you're a guy, well then you are OK. Knowledge and experience with cats and dogs is very important....
Second priority is taking care of a multitude of potted plants of all types, ranging from a huge tropical Hibiscus to small succulents. During the period of this housesit the plants may need to be moved from outdoors to indoors if there is an early hard freeze, with all appropriate protections done to make sure the furniture, floor, and rugs are protected from pots/water/etc. Regular watering and rotating of the plants is needed. Knowledge of plants is somewhat important.
Maintaining the house is the third task. With four pets regular dusting and vacuuming are required. Keeping the house neat and clean is important to us. + More info
October 2016 | Eileen