House and Pet Sitter Needed for Tucson AZ Desert Eco-Home
We are looking for animal and nature/desert lovers to take care of our two small dogs, three cats, six chickens and garden in our Southwestern/Mexican style eco-home in the heart of the Tucson Mountains. Our home is located in the city limits of Tucson - a minute drive to the downtown area - yet feels quite remote in a hilly area on an 8 acre lot. Our home is made of Rastra (concrete-styrofoam), has solar electric and a rain water cistern to water our fruit trees.
We are a retired couple and need someone for 2 weeks while we take a trip to New England. We leave on Wednesday July 15th; it would be helpful if you could arrive on the 13th, or early on the 14th, to go over everything. We return in the evening of Monday Sep 27th, and would like you to stay over until the 28th in case our flights are delayed.
Also, we will be away on another trip for the second half of September, so let us know if you would be interested in those dates.
All the pets need to be fed and cared for daily, and the dogs walked once a day. We also have fruit trees and some landscaping that needs regular watering. Besides pets and plants, responsibilities include periodically picking up mail, taking out garbage and recycling, and respecting the flora and fauna of the desert. Our 7 pound 8 year old Chihuahua, Diego, loves to go for walks and hikes and loves to play and cuddle. Our miniature Pincher, Dobie, is 19 years old and a bit chubby and takes it slow in his old age, but is a sweetheart who loves food and his toys, and still comes out for walks. The cats will enjoy pats and scratches and sometimes laps and cuddles, and the chickens like lots of food scraps and will provide you with wonderful healthy eggs. The chicken coop needs regular but simple looking after. We practice organic and permaculture principles in our home and garden, so no chemicals are used and little waste is generated.
Surrounded by saguaros and numerous other cacti and desert plants, and nestled in the hills of the Tucson Mountains on the border of Tucson Mountain Park, you can hike on several trails from the house.
Large comfortable Southwestern home built in 2003 with lots of Mexican charm, great views, and pleasant patios. We have a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry and lots of appliances, all modern conveniences, and filtered water. The master bedroom suite has a huge walk-in closet, double sinks, and separate walk-in shower and large soaking tub. There are 3 other bedrooms and two other bathrooms, a laundry room, and a 3-car garage. There are two large patios for outdoor living. The home has central AC and a central vacuum. We also have internet with wifi.
Eggs and produce from our garden is available for your consumption. A car is available to a responsible house-sitter to use, although we have only liability insurance so you would be responsible for any damage incurred.
Although we are close to downtown Tucson, our house is 3 miles to the nearest convenience store.
We are up on a hill, so walking the dogs every day requires walking down and back up the hill.
We are in the desert and occasionally see scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, and other dangerous critters. But you also may see desert tortoises, roadrunners, quail, coyotes, deer, javelina, etc.
We do not have cable or satellite TV available. We pick up a few channels on an antenna, and we have a projector and screen for watching movies. You are welcome to watch movies from our selection of DVDs, and there is a Redbox for DVD rentals at the convenience store/gas station about three miles away.
There is no home land line; we use our cell s only. So house-sitters would need to provide their own cell .
The weather in July can be hot! Expect temperatures to be in the high 90s to low 100s and cooling to the upper 70s to 80s before sunrise. Also note that this is the start of the summer monsoon season so there will likely be rain and thunder storms that cool things down for a while.