House and Pet Sitting needed for my sweet, shy 18-yr-old kitty

House Sitter Needed for Username: Riverforest   


Posted or Updated: Apr 23,2023   Reviews (1)   Applications: 6

Rural south of Chapel Hill, Pittsboro
Chatham,North Carolina United States

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From: Sep 25,23  
To:      Oct 31,23
Days:  37, Short Medium Term Approximate time frame.


We are a bi-lingual couple (English/German) in our mid-/late 60s, who are looking for a house sitter or house sitter couple for about 5 weeks this fall from about late Sept. through end of Oct. We would need someone quiet, calm, nonsmoking, whom our shy, indoor cat will trust. Would also ask that a potential sitter would keep our home well maintained and tidy and house and patio plants watered. This late in the year, our garden will need no maintenance. 

Our home is located on 5 acres of forested land (bordering State Park lands along a small river, great for kayaking/canoeing) in a neighborhood of about 16 houses, and a few miles from the small artsy town of Pittsboro, NC, USA.  By car, Pittsboro is about 20 minutes from Chapel Hill, 45 minutes from Durham, and 45 minutes from the NC capital of Raleigh.

We have Spectrum cable and good Wi-Fi speeds.  Also, we are both fully vaccinated and fully boosted and ask that you are, likewise.

Because three major universities are within driving distance, there is lots to do in our area in terms of dancing and the arts...and lots to do if you are a person who loves nature and the outdoors. If you are a Contra Dancer, please know that our area has an amazing Contra Dance community. We also have a health food store and several farmers' markets only a short drive from us.

You would need a vehicle to get around and be comfortable out in the countryside. We have lots of wildlife here: deer, hawks, raccoons, possums, coyotes, etc., but our property has a deer fenced area around the garden. You can walk directly from our property to the river through the forest. We also have lovely neighbors and good friends in the nearby towns.  

Please reach out if this type of house sitting appeals to you. Thanks.

House Sitter Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Bar has been set very high by these homeowners! ”

Sit Dates Feb-22-23 - Mar-15-23 Sitter AdventureLovers123, Member Since Jan-25-23

What with birthday flowers and singing happy birthday in German, no one could've made our first sit better than Ralph & Ellen! With their warm, welcoming personalities, detailed info on their sweet cat, Mira, their home, and things to do in the area, as well as important contact information, we were set up for success.

We appreciated their quick communication, whether for questions or sharing of pics and info. We especially appreciated their accommodating my nut allergies by removing them prior to our arrival.

Their large, very clean home is set on 5 beautiful, wooded acres, with an in-ground pool, grand fireplace and lovely kitchen. Our room was private & quiet. (Loved the quilt.) Everything needed was provided and well organized.

One thing that sets Ralph & Ellen apart is their willingness to think outside the box. Originally, they expected only human housesitters to apply. But after video chatting with us and meeting our gentle therapy dog, they opened both their hearts and home to all three of us!

Ralph and Ellen are genuine, caring, down to earth, great people. We would encourage everyone who is able to apply for a sit of their home and precious Mira. That is, unless of course, we beat you to it!

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