Friday, November 5, 2010

Wanted: super duper cat sitter


[11/8/10 - This position has been filled!]

The Frenchie and I will be heading south to visit my parents and Cape Town at the end of December (he leaves after I do) and so the annual Looking After Estorbo project has been launched. Last year we had an in-house sitter, a 22-year-old going on 11, who kept the cat alive, which was very good,  but trashed the apartment, which was rather sad.

This year we would like to keep what's left of the apartment intact!

The dates we are looking at are from December 29th - February 16th. We are open to a cat sitter living in, or the cat moving to a cat sitter.

If it is live out, we will discuss remuneration.

If it is live-in, we can offer a rent-free apartment in NYC for 6 weeks, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. That's either $4,000 in rent saved or $6,600 and up in cheap hotel bills.


Pro's:

- Wonderful, historical brownstone neighbourhood
- Iconic shops, food, coffee and restaurants
- Eight minute walk from F at Bergen Street subway: ten minute ride to Manhattan
- Twelve minute walk to 4,5 subway at Court Street
- One block from major bus lines
- 20 minutes on foot to the Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge
- Free Internet access, obviously, connected or wireless.
- Gas and electricity paid
- Dishwasher
- You get to exercise your quads for free by climbing three flights of stairs.
- You have a little terrace painted hot pink and a view of the beautiful Brooklyn skyline
- Nice books
- Quiet neighbours (so far)
- Coin-operated laundry in basement

Cons:

- The apartment is small. We are not kidding. It is a one bedroom and about 600 square feet. You cannot swing the cat. Sorry.
- You get to exercise your quads by climbing three flights of stairs
- No microwave ( this is not a con for me but may be for some)
- No TV, but you can use our Netflix account for your laptop or the desktop
- storage space will be minimal

 

What we need:

1. Someone who likes cats, and, hope against hope, likes Estorbo himself.
2. Referrals, which will be checked. Thoroughly.
3. Someone who will not turn their nose up at cleaning litter every day, feeding twice a day (with water added to his pellets).

If you know of anyone who might fit the bill, please forward this to them, and if you are someone who fits the bill, please get in touch:

marieyviljoen(at)gmail(dot)com
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