I'm looking for one person or a couple to care for my cat Toiyabe (Toiya) while I visit my family on the West Coast for the month of August. The individual would also be responsible for caring for a small garden and indoor plants, and for keeping the place well-maintained and tidy.
I rescued Toiyabe from the Nevada desert when I was there working on a book project. He was two months old and malnourished. He's traveled with me across the country and has lived in different cities. Now he's happy being in one place and has recently become an outdoor cat. He's had all his shots and he wears bells when he goes outdoors to save the local bird population. He's very affectionate and is used to having someone there who works from home. I don't let him out after 6-7 pm as I don't want him out at night. He's a playful cat and a bit of a trickster.
I live in a compact home with an office loft that is nestled in a mostly oak and maple forest with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. The house used to be an old mining cabin before it was refurbished and the roof beams are over 100 years old. It has two small bedrooms on the ground floor and a loft office/exercise space.
The house has several stone steps going up to it so the person needs to be reasonably fit. This area is ideal for hikers and for those who love the river and all the activities that surround it.
I live near Gatineau Park with 183 KM of hiking trails and opportunities to cycle or walk. I'm a 10-minute walk to the Gatineau River. In either Wakefield or Chelsea, you can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. This region also has an assortment of restaurants and cafes that are beginning to re-open for indoor dining.
I'm 25 minutes from the Byward Market in Ottawa, one of Canada's oldest and largest outdoor markets. There's a wealth of activities cropping up this summer. The galleries are reopening and there are many restaurants and cafes, not to mention biking and walking trails to explore.