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Tales Of The Lonesome Pine Used Books Has Not Yet Hired Its Bookstore-Sitter

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Val-Kyttie, a 16-year old cat from Scotland, is one of the pets who will be under the care of the person chosen as Tales of the Lonesome Pine's bookstore-sitter
Val-Kyttie, a 16-year old cat from Scotland, is one of the pets who will be under the care of the person chosen as Tales of the Lonesome Pine's bookstore-sitter

WASHINGTON -- How would you like to wait out election season taking care of a used bookstore -- and its attendant dogs and cats -- in a small town in southernwestern Virginia?

You've got until Friday to apply. And you've got competition.

Wendy Welch and Jack Beck, the owners of Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Va., are looking for someone to take care of their store -- and adorable pets; you can see pictures of the two dogs and three cats on Welch's blog -- while the pair go on a two-month book tour for Welch's new book, "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap."

You may have heard about this opportunity already on NPR, in the Los Angeles Times, on the book website Shelf-Awareness.

"We've had over one hundred applications from all over the world," Beck told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. "Sweden, France, New Zealand..."

The bookstore-sitter is needed from Sept. 20 to Nov. 20. The dates will coincide with Big Stone Gap's annual Celtic Festival. Shelf-Awareness details what Welch says will be involved:

As far as the "practicalities" are concerned, they "are not offering wages, just full living expenses; we can't accommodate anyone’s pets, because our dogs are territorial and Val-Kyttie is senile. Children are possible but they would have to sleep in the living room as we have only one guest room."

A prospective bookshop-sitter would be expected to work Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., "and we’ll introduce them to the support team in the community so they can get a pinch-hitter if an emergency arises," she noted. "We will be home a day here or there, but we're headed out October 5 and I suspect that trip would end the week before Thanksgiving. If this person wants to be home for Thanksgiving, that's not a problem. Ideally the person would come the last week of September and spend a week with us learning the ropes, then off we'd go and they'd be in charge."

Interested? (Of course you are!) Welch says how to get in touch on her blog:

Potential shop-sitters please send to jbeck69087@aol.com your experience with litter boxes, history with books, proof you are nice but not a pushover, and what you would do if you were suddenly called home for a job or emergency, plus any questions you have for us. Thanks!


Check out a video of the bookstore below: