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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Cat(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United States
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  • 2024: 22 Aug - 2 Sep

A ton of cat litter and counting

70, ghostwriter

When I sit for you, you can leave knowing your home is safely occupied and your cats are loved and cared for. Being petless has advantages, but I miss my cats and will be delighted to be with yours. House sitting also provides an appreciated change of scenery and lets me get to know your town or city as a temporary local.

I have over 40 years' experience as both a homeowner and renter. My home is extremely important to me: I live here, work here, and see only trusted friends here. I'll treat your home with the same fussy attention I give my own.

No one will enter your home, besides myself, without your authorization.

Cats were in the house before I was born and the entire time I lived at home. As an adult I've had only three pets. The first cat lived to be 19, and the second two, running concurrently, were 15 and 16. I really have moved over a ton of cat litter!

For short stays (1-2 weeks), I welcome house or house/cat sitting within about 200 miles of Seattle.

For stays from 2 to 6 weeks I'm happy to roam farther. I don't charge for house/cat sitting, so the only cost to you would be my travel to your home, either driving or flying. I live north of Seattle and would fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International. A consideration is the availability of good public transit or a car. I have an excellent driving record. Please be in touch so we can consider your particular needs.

I'm a ghostwriter (please see "Autobiography of Hyperrealist Sculptor John DeAndrea" on Amazon) and technical editor. I will probably be working while I'm at your home. All I need is internet!

A few other points:

* I'm an ace at keeping indoor cats indoors.
* We can communicate as frequently as you wish by text, email, or cell.
* I'll leave your home as clean and neat as when I arrived. You'll barely be able to tell I was there.
* I don't smoke, drink, or use legal (or illegal) recreational drugs.
* With your detailed instructions, I'll care for indoor and outdoor plants.
* I've had two shots of the Pfizer vaccine (spring 2021), a Moderna booster (November 2021), and a Pfizer bivalent booster (September 2022).

Thank you for reviewing my profile!

Reviews (13)
Elaine is just the best. We came home to relaxed and happy cats and a tidy house--who could ask for more? Our travels took us off the grid for a week and we were so grateful Elaine was caring for our beloved critters--we knew they were in good hands. Thanks Elaine, I hope our paths cross again!
 
CASS ( Washington, Nov 2022 - 9 days)
Wow, Elaine was a great find!! She made friends with my skittish cats and left the place in tiptop shape! Lots of great communication and fun times allowing me to enjoy my vacation! Thanks again, Elaine!! I’d have you over anytime you like!
 
JULIE ( British Columbia, May 2024 - 1 week 2 nights) From House Sitters Canada
Elaine is one of the very best. Super conscientious! She stepped in after another housesitter cancelled, drove many hours to get here, and took wonderful care of our house and kitties. She even volunteered to drive us to the airport at a very early hour so we didn't have to take a taxi. Wow, just WOW! She sent updates and pictures while we were travelling.
 
ALIDA (Eugene Oregon, Feb 2024 - 2 weeks 1 night)
My adult children did not want me to get an animal because I would not be able to go anywhere, and for a long time I didn't. Then. a friend and I decided to do a road trip with her standard poodle. I wasn't sure what to do with Lily until I discovered House Sitters America and Elaine. Elaine took care of Lily for three weeks and from the minute I left I never once worried about her. I knew after meeting Elaine that my cat and home would be well cared for. She texted me and sent photos and ... MORE
 
JUDITH ( Washington, May 2022 - 2 weeks 6 days)
Elaine stayed at my house for 10 days with absolutely no issues. She made huge inroads with my very skittish cats and even had one settle in on her lap. My house was just as clean and tidy as when I left, and she was very good about texting updates and photos. I never had a single inkling of worry. I have had numerous cat/house sitters over the years and Elaine is one of the best. I would wholeheartedly use her again in the future, providing she's available. Thank you, Elaine!
 
BARBARA (Portland Oregon, Apr 2022 - 1 week 4 days)
Elaine was a wonderful house sitter for my special boy, blue! Elaine communicated with me perfectly the whole time, she sent me photos and updates and constantly made me laugh with her messages about blue! I could tell how comfortable blue was with Elaine, based on his poses in the photos, he would wake Elaine up asking for breaky, he would sleep on the bed with her (i had not seen prior with 'strangers') - I could tell he absolutely loved and trusted her from the minute she walked in my ... MORE
 
TAMMI (Vancouver British Columbia, Nov 2021 - 2 weeks 3 days) From House Sitters Canada
No rating Elaine was absolutely wonderful. She is a delightful person. We did not want her to leave. Elaine followed our instructions to the letter. She took exceptionally good care of our three kitties. She was able to successfully draw out our somewhat "Mommy's Girl" Allie. She did not just "take care of" our kitties, she truly worked on bonding with each one individually. Elaine sent adorable pictures and an occasional video of our furbabies almost daily with very cute and creative updates that ... MORE
JAN (FORESTDALE Massachusetts, Feb 2020)
No rating After several phone calls and emails, we asked Elaine to be our house sitter for two-plus weeks over the Christmas holidays. She arrived on time and patiently waited while I finished getting her room ready. She was pleasant to talk with, and kept in touch by text and email during and after our trip. When we returned home, the house was tidier than when we left it, and she had even washed the sheets and towels she had used—an extreme rarity among house sitters. She also figured out how ... MORE
JANET ( Washington, Dec 2019)
Elaine was amazing. Two days before our trip one of our 14-year-old cats developed unexpected health issues. Elaine came through with superb care, reliability and kindness. She also braved our "once a winter" treacherous snow conditions to drive to our home, and made me feel assured and secure that my babies were well cared for and in loving hands. Even with the extra responsibility of looking after our now sick kitty, as well as our other cat (who has his own issues:), she did a wonderful job ... MORE
 
DONNA ( British Columbia, Nov 2019 - 2 1/2 weeks) From House Sitters Canada
Elaine was the perfect fit for our timid little cat, he took to her immediately. We returned to a very relaxed happy cat, & a spotless home. Elaine went beyond our expectations with updates & photos & overall excellent communication before, during & after our trip. We couldn't have been happier. We would love to have Elaine look after our little fur baby again sometime (seconded by the cat!)
 
JANE ( British Columbia, Oct 2019 - 2 weeks 2 days) From House Sitters Canada
No rating Search no more! Elaine was the best cat and house sitter we could have hoped for. She took wonderful care of our kitty Chloe, and our home was spotless upon return. We enjoyed receiving text photos and comments during our 6 week vacation. It was clear that she bonded with our shy kitty! No worries made our travels that much better, and we would have her back in a heartbeat. We highly recommended Elaine!
JANET (El Cerrito California, Sep 2019)
Elaine took excellent care of our home and cat. She even laundered the bed sheets prior to her departure and bought a toy to entertain our cat. Communication was excellent.
 
KARINE ( British Columbia, Jun 2019 - 3 weeks) From House Sitters Canada
No rating Elaine did a great job caring for our cat and apartment for a 3-week trip. She provided regular updates, but allowed us to enjoy being away without worrying about home. She left our apartment perfectly tidy, and our cat healthy and happy. I would recommend her to any cat owner as a communicative and trustworthy sitter!
JULIE ( Washington, May 2019)
 
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