What are we looking for in a house sitter? *
We are looking for cat lovers! People who see cats as people! AND intelligence, honesty, reliability, thoughtfulness, cleanliness, plant awareness...willingness, creativity & ability if necessary to deal with older house "stuff" ... not afraid of & able to handle possible emergency situations (life & weather are unpredictable)!!
What responsibilities will our house sitter have? *
We have 2 older family cats & 2+ adult porch kitties who are still slightly feral, & property with lots of plantlife. Our 2 family cats get medication & supplements but we can talk about that (so far has not been a problem for anyone).. it will not disturb your day as their care is mostly morning & nite (also discuss). They are loving & friendly...we adore our family & this is mostly about them. Normal cat related things like litter boxes, water changes, etc. are of course part of the routine.
The rest is about the house / property, plants - mail - trash - normal summer housey things.
What are the good features of our property and location? *
Galveston Island is a tourist destination for beaches, art, antiques, surfing, boating, kayaking, fishing, seafood (& other great restaurants) etc. There is Art Walk every 5 wks. + many art related & other events & many festivals. Also, you will find a couple of really good breweries, bars & unique cafes. The historic district has a map to the 20+ post-Ike hurricane tree carvings...etc etc! It boasts Moody Gardens Pyramids w/such things as Imax, an aquarium, penguins, snakes, a butterfly house etc. (look it up). There's a major waterpark across from it, a State Park w/a bird watch/ preserve up the road from it, a number of very unique museums, the Artist Boat Kayaking trips, diving, golf courses, horseback riding (i think) & much more. We live 6 minutes walking from the gulf & beaches. Nasa is 30 mins. up the road & offers a stellar tour. Houston is an hour (or so) up the road & I cannot list even a fragment of what's available there!
Our house is very old, eclectic & "artsy," but with modern conveniences. We have a friendly front porch w/a slight sea breeze (when there is one) to hang out on & have a glass of ... yard also has a table to sit at & everywhere is very green.. an interesting interior environment to hang out in, inside, a Streaming Roku player with Netflix, Hulu, Prime, WiFi, espresso machine, microwave, dishwasher, (should you need it), several bathrooms (in case you are two) etc. Did we mention we are 6 minutes walking from the gulf & beaches?
What do potential house sitters need to consider before applying for this assignment? *
Our dates include a few days early for sitters to "get the lay of the land" (so to speak): for the cats to get a bit familiar with you, for you can get a bit familiar with the cats, the house, & the whole situation.
Our house does have most modern conveniences. However, there is still more to know, more to do, than in a condo.. this is a 107 yr. old house & will need more attention than a newer one. We are a mostly vegetarian household & prefer land animals not be cooked in our kitchen.. tho no problem bringing them in ready to be eaten. If you like reading we have a huge amazing library.
The cats will take the 1st hour of your morning. Late afternoons, evenings... we can talk & adjust.
Looking forward to talking with someone soon!