UPDATE: We have secured a sitter for the October/November dates, but are still taking applications for January through March. Will give consideration only to applicants with established references from either previous housesits, or landlords, vacation rental property owners, etc.
We will be traveling to Florida for 4 weeks, leaving on/around 10/18 and returning on/about November 20.We also have a 2nd 6 two plus month trip from around January 8th and returning home around the third week in March. We are looking for responders to either or both of these travel dates.
We need someone to care for our home and our "Furry J's (lovingly named by previous cat sitters!!) We would like for you to come at least a day early to meet and give basic instructions for care of our home. We treat all our sitters to dinner the night before we leave and the evening when we return. We have a gorgeous 11 year old male black cat, Judo, and a 6 year old full blooded Siamese, Jakki, who need care. They are indoor only, front declawed, and very low maintenance (except when they are hungry!!!) We live in the historical Land of Lincoln, capital city of Springfield, IL, with much to offer for those interested in visiting the historical sights. Springfield also has a very active theatre company downtown, and for those who like good craft beer, we have four locally owned microbrew/restaurants. There are two wineries within an hour of Springfield, and our home is only 5 minutes away from major shopping outlets (Kohl's, Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, ... We will be happy to have a list of recommendations for LOCAL restaurants, entertainers to look out for during your stay, and other things that may be going on in Springfield during your visit. We are 3 hours from Chicago, and only an hour and a half away from St. Louis, which are both on Amtrak route. If you would want to take a day or two to visit those areas, my daughter is available to check on the cats in your absence, and she also comes by periodically to go through mail that may need attention in our absence. She is considerate in giving at least a day's notice of when she stops by.
You would have your choice of using the large master bedroom with bathroom ensuite which has been totally remodeled with walk in shower, or the guest room with a TV and 2nd bath right across the hall. While winters in the Midwest can be quite cold and snowy, we have a wood burning fireplace and an outdoor hot tub to keep you warm and toasty!!
A few details we need to mention:
Our home is non-smoking, so we would ask that smokers not apply.
All our previous housesitters enjoyed their time in Springfield and our home, and I believe would be most happy to attest to the representation of our listing as being accurate. Here is an excerpt from a glowing recap of Larry and DJ's winter sit in our home.
" And speaking of kitties as I write this I have one of them, Judo, in my lap purring contentedly. Like me he’s a bit chilly this morning and we’re sharing body heat, purrs, and coffee while waiting for the sun to warm things up to above freezing. Yes, it’s been a nice two month stay with two cutie kitties despite the chill and definitely going to miss these two! I’m also going to miss Dan and Vera’s home. Probably closer to our living style than any other place we’ve been in to date and the one Debbie Jo and I agree has been the easiest to feel ‘at home’ in the quickest. Normally there is a period of a few days to a week or so in which we have to settle in so to speak but in Dan and Vera’s it was almost instant!"
The full recap, complete with pictures during their stay, can be located at thehappysitters .