I am a solo practice lawyer in Columbus, Ohio. My work is limited to serving as a hearing examiner for state agencies, such as health care licensing boards. I hear cases as a neutral third party, and then write reports summarizing the cases for the boards. As a result, most of my work consists of writing, which I can do on my own time from anywhere in the world. I would love the opportunity to escape the cold Ohio winter and housesit in a warmer climate.
My plan is to schedule my hearings just before I plan to take my time off, and then use the time away from home to do my report-writing. I'm thinking of it as a "sabbatical" of sorts. My son lives in San Francisco, so I'd love to housesit/petsit near that area so that I can visit him sometime during the stay. Anywhere in the West would be good because I could visit him before or after the housesit, too.
I have always loved animals. I have several cats, including some ferals that I feed and some that are shared with a neighbor. I generally take in any stray cat that comes my way, as I can't turn them away. In addition, I have volunteered for several years with a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. I can provide references from that organization to demonstrate that I am dependable and reliable.
I have some experience with other animals, such as chickens, because I grew up on a farm, but it's been a long time. I would be willing to learn how to take care of just about anything you've got, and I would do it faithfully. I'm happy to give medications to pets if they're fairly compliant.
Housesitting for other people's pets seems like a great match for me because when I'm on vacation, I dearly miss my own pets and I always look for others where I am. I literally scout out hotels or localities where I know there will be animals, so I can have pets to "love on" while I'm away from home.
The only thing that would not be a good match for me is if you have a very large, high energy dog. I'm a petite woman, and I might be overpowered by a big dog who's hard to handle. I'm also somewhat intimidated by snakes.
I will consider a commitment of longer than a week, possibly up to two or three weeks. The only consideration is that I have one cat ("Bill") who is deeply attached to me, and if I'm gone too long, he goes in the crawlspace of my house and pines. If other family members are going to be here and aren't traveling for business, he will be ok.