Petsitter / Caretaker / Work Exchange Needed on Orcas Island -- 6 weeks or longer

House Sitter Needed for Username: Dickens218   

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Posted or Updated: Jul 23,2019   Applications: 5

Location
Top of Scott Hill, Orcas Island
San Juan County,Washington United States

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Availability
Mar 10,2020
For House & Pet Sitter Plus Some Yard/Garden Tasks | Medium Term

We are looking for a responsible sitter(s) (either a single or a couple) to take care of our cats and home -- and sometimes our dog "Buddy". We live on Orcas Island.  We have 4 indoor/outdoor cats (Mao, Marty, Sebastian & Billie). Our little terrier mix named "Buddy" usually travels with us - but may have to stay home for some of our trips this year. Our home is on 12+ acres with two ponds, fields, and forests. We sometimes rent our home as a vacation rental and your help with occasional cleaning might be needed. You can find info and pictures of our main house, guest house and property at:  orcasoasis .

We are looking for someone that can arrive in early March or early spring and stay 6 weeks or longer. Since we will not be gone the entire time, we are looking for someone to help with some gardening/yard work or vacation rental work in exchange for a place to stay on beautiful Orcas Island. For the right sitter(s), this could become a long-term pet sitting / caretaker position.

You will have time to explore Orcas Island while you are here. Orcas Island has great hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, & whale watch tours, and many other things to do. Moran State Park has lots of trails, 2 freshwater lakes, 2,500 ft Mount Constitution. There are also lots of other hiking trails in the area. Sailors, kayakers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts will really enjoy Orcas Island. 

Barb & Bob both sail in the local Orcas races and on some longer distance races. Barb volunteers at the local Orcas Animal Shelter - helping in the medical clinic on surgery evenings. It is a no-kill shelter that has been able to help animal shelters on the mainland by taking animals they have difficulty adopting. The shelter is happy to have longer-term visitors volunteer to come in and spend time with the cats, walk the dogs, etc.  Barb plays uiulele and blues harmonica and Bob plays guitar. Orcas Island has lots of local music groups with open mics and jams often. There is even a monthly ukulele jam on the inter-island ferry.

We'd be happy to see any references you can share with us. We look forward to hearing from you if you can pet sit / house sit for us for some or all of our dates.

Barb & Bob Brunius
Dickens218

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