I am a single woman living on a large rural property on Haida Gwaii. My passion is animals, and most of what I do is centered around improving the lives of other creatures. I work part time managing the local SPCA, foster dogs in my home, and also board and train dogs. There are canines coming and going almost daily, and 4 residents ranging from a Chihuahua to a Great Pyrenees. Horses, chickens and turkeys too. None of these get eaten (food is totally vegetarian) though the chickens do share their eggs. Except for the barking and the eagles calling, this is a pretty peaceful place.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I am happy to teach anything you want to learn, if I know how. Of course animal care and positive dog training, but also how to use woodworking tools, cooking, building, gardening, English...
I like open, direct communication and will happily participate in negotiation and problem-solving.
There's always lots to do here, and if you have a special interest I'll try to accommodate that if I can. Helpers might work in the garden, walk the dogs, build a fence, cook dinner, sweep the floor, haul seaweed from the beach... Petting of dogs is mandatory!
For this year, there's a second bedroom in my house for you. If that's taken, there's a small loft in the kennel. I'm looking at perhaps building a separate cabin in future. Meals: breakfast is self-serve, lunch is often leftovers, dinner is something new created by one of us (I'd love you to cook if you have skills in this area, but have had some really disastrous meals when helpers don't know what they're doing!) My water supply is entirely rainwater, so during dry periods we may not have running water. Not usually a huge problem as it's usually summer when this happens and there is a stream very close by. Please be aware that there is no flush toilet here; I've posted a photo of my compost toilet so that no one is surprised by this.
I live about 20 minutes from the closest town. There's no public transport but I will lend you a bike and give you lifts when I'm going out, which happens at least twice a week. Hitchhiking is easy and safe here; it's a great way to meet a local! No internet access; workawayers can use the free internet at the public library when in town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week