Loving sitter for geriatric kitties in beautiful Pacific Northwest , USA
We both retired from full time work in Oct 2017 – Tom worked in IT at a major medical center, and Cristine was a Principal Engineer at a software development firm. We are finally making our dream of a mobile retirement a reality! We’ve traveled the world together and separately, and are eager to enter this new phase of our lives living our passion for exploring new places, and meeting new people.
We’ve successfully traveled as pet owners in the past because we were lucky to have friends and family who could care for our animals and plants. With our recent move from West Seattle to Gig Harbor (about an hour away), it is necessary to make different arrangements. Enter Trusted Housesitters!...
Our fur babies Nani and Juji are geriatric (14) and relatively healthy. We are looking for loving, responsible pet lovers to care for them and our small garden. We currently limit our trips to 2-3 weeks, as we aren’t comfortable leaving the kitties for longer.
We are avid gardeners – we transplanted hundreds of plants from our former home to our rental last fall! The garden is lovely to be in – we back onto a green belt and spend our day listening to birds and frogs singing. Tom in particular has a green thumb – his nickname is the Plant Whisperer. Cristine is an artist and book lover. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our rental home is in a 55+ community of 45 single family and duplex cottages, a .75 mile walk from the downtown Gig Harbor waterfront. The neighborhood is private and gated for privacy, with public transportation available at the street entrance. Our backyard is completely private with a lovely garden – we back onto a green belt and spend our day listening to birds and frogs singing. Our home is single story, 1350sf, with a large master and den, laundry, TV’s, cable and internet. It’s a large open floor plan, with a big light filled kitchen and living area with fire place. Our patio has a fountain, an outdoor fireplace and table top heat. The garage has been outfitted as an art/craft studio. Ample parking is available.
Downtown historic Gig Harbor is a lovely flat, walk-able waterfront, with restaurants, wine and beer tasting, shopping and water activities available year around. Our unique position close to metropolitan centers (Seattle and Tacoma) - yet situated on a quiet, beautiful and historical peninsula - provides access to site-seeing, history, culture, dining, shopping and more. Our climate consists of warm and dry summers, transitional springs and autumns, and cool and wet winters, with occasional snow.
Responsibilities & Pets
CATS: Both cats have slowed down a bit since the move, and spend a lot of time napping. They have definite wake/sleep schedules. The cats are used to a very regular schedule of feeding and watering, and a supplement at night with 'wet food'. They use two extra large litter boxes with no problems - just keep it scooped and they are happy. Clean up hairballs as necessary. They have had someone home with them most days for a few years now and do best with lots of human companionship. They love to sit in the open windows and watch the wildlife in the back garden.
Nani is the all black (smaller) kitty. She is shy and can be skittish. Will sleep on the bed much of the day. Also plays happily by herself with the various toys. Will probably want to sit on your lap a bit at night – on her terms. Very motivated by treats and canned food. Still a kitten at heart....
Juji is the mixed color (larger) kitty. She is our lapcat, very human focused. Her name means "heap of love" and that she is! She loves to be outside on her harness and leash. She has arthritis in her lower back (by her tail) and her hips/knees. Sensitive to the touch in these areas, may nip or cry if you touch her too hard.
PLANTS: water house plants once per week or as directed by Tom's instructions. Outside garden, depending on weather, may need to water with hose (takes 30-40 minutes to water the whole thing.)
COMMUNICATION: we want a pet sitter who is able to text updates to Cristine daily (photos, updates on kitties etc.) + More info
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