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Pet sitting & House sitting job in Ouachitas
Location: My home is located in a small wooded subdivision just 1/2 mile from Lake Ouachita in Story, Arkansas. This is a rural location. For sitters without transportation, this may not be a good fit. No commercial amenities are available within walking distance. The nearest small town grocery store is a 15 minute drive away. No Uber, InstaCart or similar such services are available.
House: My home is a single story 1600 square foot house situated on 5 wooded acres. My home has 2 separate bedroom suites, plus living room, full kitchen with dining area and built-in desk, laundry room with washer and dryer, and enclosed back patio.
Sitter Accommodations: Sitter will occupy one of the two bedroom suites located in my home. The bedroom suite is comprised of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and closet. The bedroom contains a full size bed and small loveseat with end tables and lamps. For climate control the bedroom has a ceiling fan, a box fan, a window unit air conditioner, and space heater. For entertainment the bedroom has a wall mounted 32" television with DirecTV satellite service. Internet WiFi is accessible throughout the house. The in-suite bathroom has a sink, toilet, and shower - no tub. The in-suite kitchenette is comprised of a microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker. In addition to the bedroom suite, sitter will have full access and use of the living room, kitchen, laundry room, and enclosed back patio. (The other bedroom suite will be vacant and inaccessible to you for the duration of your stay.)
Property: The house is surrounded by a small yard with grass. Two garden beds are available for growing food. The rest of the property is wooded with of a mixture of pine, cedar, oak, and hickory trees. Wet weather creeks cross the property in multiple locations. The property also features several private walking trails.
Communications: Home telephone line with local calling plan - no long distance service. Cellular signal via AT&T is generally available with 1-2 bars LTE. Internet access is available via both DSL (15 Mbps) and satellite.
Getting Here: For travelers arriving by air, the Little Rock airport is 1 hr 46 min (89.7 mi) away via AR-298 E and I-30 E. For travelers arriving by train, the Amtrak station in Malvern is 1 hr 28 min (70.8 mi) away via US-270 E. For travelers arriving via bus, the MegaBus station in Little Rock is 1 hr 42 min (87.2 miles) away via AR-298 E and I-30 E, and the Greyhound station in Hot Springs is 1 hr 2 min (44.5 miles) away via AR-298 E. Arrangements can be made to shuttle travelers to and from any of these locations upon arrival and departure.
Parking: For travelers arriving by motor vehicle, parking is available a concrete parking pad in front of the house. No covered parking space - no carport, no garage. For those traveling in an RV or pulling a travel trailer, there is sufficient space to park in the graveled driveway. Power and water are available but no sani dump.
Lake Ouachita: Lake access is available just 1/2 mile from the house. The lake is suitable for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. The shoreline is unimproved/natural and under the authority of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Wildlife: This area is home to a variety of wild animals, primarily birds and deer. However, black bears, feral hogs, coyotes, foxes, armadillos, opossums, skunks, and a variety of snakes have been seen here. Please be aware of your surroundings and mindful of the presence of wildlife at all times. When exploring the property, please stick to the walking paths. We have all the usual ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes you'd expect to find in the woods plus the occasional scorpion or tarantula. Be prepared to use bug spray when spending time outdoors. If you cook outside, do not leave food out and be sure to clean and put away all food containers and dishes after each use.
Local Area: The Interior Highlands is a mountainous region that spans Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. It is the only major highland region between the Appalachian and Rocky mountains. Its three major topographic divisions are the Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas Valley, and Ozark Uplift. My home is located in the Ouachita Mountains region of Arkansas. Ouachita is pronounced as (WAH-shi-tah). This area is well known for abundant quartz crystal deposits. Multiple surface mines are open to the public for crystal digging one of which is located within 1/2 mile of my home. Nearby Mount Ida is known as the "Quartz Crystal Capital of the World". An annual championship quartz crystal digging competition is held locally by the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce. Quartz became the official state mineral of Arkansas in the 1960s. Lake Ouachita is a reservoir created by the damming of the Ouachita River by Blakely Mountain Dam. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now also include recreation, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. The lake is well known for fishing and consistently ranks as one of the top 10 spots in the nation for largemouth bass fishing. Lake Ouachita is the largest lake completely in Arkansas with over 690 miles (1,110 km) of shoreline and over 66,324 acres (26,840 ha) of water. It is completely surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, which encompasses 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Many hiking and mountain biking opportunities are available locally. Three local trails have earned the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Epics designation, the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the Womble Trail, and the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT).
Ouachitas - Montgomery
I have two dogs, three cats, and several houseplants in need of care for up to 6 months while I am away. The pets all get fed their main meal in the mornings and a small meal/snack in the evening. The cats and dogs are fed separately. One of the cats is older and needs more attention than the other two. He can't groom himself as well as he used to and needs to be brushed regularly. The dogs need to be walked daily. One of the dogs can be let to 'run free'. The other needs to be walked on a lead. All of the animals need loving affection and conversation on a daily basis. Sitter is requested to provide regular updates and photos. It would also be appreciated if sitter would put out provided seed for the wild birds.