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Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Pig(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – cats, dogs, cattle, horses, chickens
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From: 3 January 2024
Until: 31 May 2024
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We are looking to supplement our RVing life style in the US with some time in a single location house and pet setting. We have experience house sitting and workcamping. We both grew up working on ranches; had careers working in Mexico, Central America, Domincan Republic, and Asia; spent 5 yrs sailing across the Pacific; spent the past 3 years RVing Texas to Alaska. We enjoy traveling and are extremely self reliant. We have owned precious things and respect the value and meaning they hold.
We are not ready to permanently settle down, so taking care of someone else’s property is like living vicariously for a short time. We enjoy the chores and pet companionship and truly take pride in leaving the property better than when we arrived.
We have cared for 15 homes arranged through MindMyHouse and have house set numerous times over the past 5 years for personal acquaintances. This entailed taking care of properties, pools, gardens, coffee plantations, cats, dogs, horses, cattle, chickens, ducks, fish and native wild animals. We have also workcamped taking care of campgrounds and facilities while living in our RV. References will be provided upon request.
Respect for another’s property. Honesty in all our dealings. Commitment to our agreements. Energy to complete all tasks. Experience to overcome obstacles.
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From: 3 January 2024
Until: 31 May 2024
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2016
Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 10
As "newbies" to this site and finding a new house sitter/pet sitter, the experience we had with JoDon and Brian was wonderful. They were patient with us throughout the initial "how do we do this" steps, and true to their commitment, showed up at our home on schedule. From that first time we met them, we felt comfortable leaving our home and our dog, Jasper in their care. When we returned our home was very clean and organized, the lawn was freshly mowed and Jasper was tail wagging happy. From their messages during our trip, we could see Jasper was enjoying his many hikes with Brian and JoDon. Jasper even had a bath the day we returned! It is very apparent that Brian and JoDon take pride in their house sitter and pet sitter postings. We would definitely ask Brian and JoDon to return!
JoDon and Brian are exceptional. If you can get them, don’t hesitate. The dogs were happy even before we left the house and hanging out with them (not typical). They communicated on a minor sore on the dog and I completely trusted their judgment. We arrived home after a month to two happy dogs, an immaculate house and complete calm! We highly recommend them as do our two dogs. We can only hope to get them again.
If the stars align and JoDon and Brian Rawls are your house/pet sitters then, good choice and lucky you. These people are the pros. From the time they accepted our assignment we felt a sense of relief and a feeling that everything would be fine. It was our first time being gone for 6 weeks, so we were a bit nervous, but they were so relaxed. Communication before and during their stay was perfect, with occasional pictures of our dog Kai to brighten our day. Upon our return they picked us up from the airport and brought our vehicle as well as theirs so we could head home, and they were on their way. Our home and property were left in immaculate condition, move back in ready. They took great care of our garden, even pulling and composting at seasons end. Most importantly, during our absence they took great care of our dog Kai. Taking him to the vet for a regular scheduled appointment (an hour drive one way), they administered monthly meds and gave him baths. They took him on many hikes and to the beach as well as playing hours of frisbee. He was a happy boy and probably had a hard time deciding which car to jump into at the airport. I would welcome the Rawls back anytime without hesitation.
We recently returned from a 4 week getaway, with a short return home part way through. Not only were Brian and JoDon awesome communicators, before, during, and after their stay, they were very kind and flexible with our chaotic plans. They often sent the best pictures of their hikes with our dogs. And our cat in a lap. It helped a lot to relax and enjoy our trips, seeing those sweet pics. We felt 100% confident in them every step of the way. We've had lots of housesitters and the Rawls are the cream of the crop in every way. Our two dogs were fit as a fiddle after a month of daily hikes. It felt good that Brian and JoDon cared enough to really learn our pets personalities. Even our sometimes anti-social cat adored them. Not once but twice we returned home to an immaculate house and yard. It felt so good to be home. Brian and JoDon are entirely competent to safeguard any house or precious pet. We feel so lucky they chose to spend a month at our place. We told them if they ever have free time and want to come back, to let us know and we'll plan a trip! Plus we'd get to see them again, as they are great human beings that anyone would be lucky to have care for their home and pets. Thank you Brian and JoDon!
It is with great pleasure that we write this letter in support of JoDon and Brian Rawls who took care of our home and two pet Irish border collies, Siog and Lugh, in August and September this year. JoDon and Brian stayed at our home in northwestern Ireland while we were traveling overseas and we were extremely satisfied with how clean and neat everything was left and how our dogs were healthy from plenty of exercise and proper feeding. When you are away from home, it is always comforting to know that someone as kind and patient such as them is there to make sure everything is fine. We would have no hesitation in having them care for our home and pets again if so required. Sean and Columbia Hillen
When we returned to our home after 6 weeks away, we did not want Jodon and Brian to leave. They felt like family. Our home and animals were so well taken care of, so much so, we had to ask the Rawls for tips on how to continue to keep the place going in the good order that they had established.:-) We have 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat and a bunch of feral chickens that we feed. RELIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE At any given time, the horses and dogs required quite a bit of TLC, and a bunch of grooming. Someone seemed to always be in need of some sort of meds. One time, the Rawls even had to take one of the dogs to the vet. They kept us informed with pictures, reassurance and calm. Made our trip enjoyable and without worry. Besides our roomy home, a truck and a car, we also have a huge garden that needed tending. Everything was emmaculate and in ship shape when we got home, even better. The Rawls are a very interesting and caring couple and super sweet. We hope they will consider returning to Kauai! Such a priviledge to give this testimony.
Brian & JoDon watched our home and our cat for nearly a month and we couldn't have been more pleased. My wife, who is a neatnik, was gushing about how clean they had our home when we returned. They also raked a mountain of leaves for us, which was completely unexpected. Our cat, who is not the friendliest pet around, really took a liking to these folks. On top of that, they are an adventurous couple with an exciting life story. In summary, we highly recommend Brian & JoDon, without reservation. You won't find any better, more trustworthy, and reliable people to watch your home.
JoDon and Brian looked after my house, 2 horses, 4 big dogs, 30 chickens and 2 ducks for a period of 5 weeks. I can honestly say I wasn’t worried for even one minute during my time away. They took the dogs out everyday and loved them, the dogs obviously loved them back. The horses were shining with health on my return. They were excellent communicators, if there was a potential problem or a question they would be in touch straight away. On my return my house was cleaner and tidier than it ever has been. I would be so pleased if they ever wanted to return to house sit. A big, huge recommendation from me..and my sincere thanks
We recently had the pleasure of having Jodon and Brian house sitting for us for three weeks. They are a delightful couple who looked after our home very well indeed. We came back to a house that positively gleamed with cleanliness and a little Easter surprise for us in the form of some chocolates eggs and a lovely card. It is obvious that they are both real animal lovers. Our two dogs took to them immediately and really benefited from the long walks they got in our absence. They both looked trim, fit and happy on our return. Jodon and Brian also looked after our very antisocial cat and our 6 chickens and made sure our plants were watered. Jodon and Brian are up there with the best house sitters we've ever had - and we've had lots! They are also sensitive enough to realise that, as a house owner about to go on holiday, one has concerns that one's house sitters should be reliable and turn up when expected. Jodon kept in touch with us in the weeks leading up to the house site, so we felt reassured and relaxed about our forthcoming holiday.
I could write lots about Brian and Jodon who looked after our house and cats in deep winter in France while we enjoyed the sun in Spain. But really the best I can say is that if you get the chance to have them volunteer to sit for you then snap them up immediately. You will have no regrets at all.
Brian and Jodon are simply the best housesitters we have ever had. Extremely reliable and conscientious, they showed maturity and competence in all the tasks they were assigned for our three months housesit needs. They diligently took charge of many important tasks that needed manning during our leave (coffee harvest, supervision of the upgrade of our electrical supply, management and payment of workers on our finca, airbnb rental administration, truck maintenance), and their hands on approach extended beyond their duty (i.e. collecting cow manure in nearby fields to fertilize our vegetable garden!). They are both very practical and apply logic and common sense to all tasks and, when not sure, asked us before making decisions. Our communication with them was fluid throughout our leave and they continuously kept us posted on pets' welbeing and all affairs they were in charge of. Their extensive travel and work experience makes them adaptable to many circumstances and respectful of different cultures and Brian's fluency in Spanish was extremely useful to us. They looked after our dog, seventeen chickens, two roosters and a wild kitten beautifully as per our instructions. We had complete peace of mind whilst being abroad knowing that all our affairs were in good hands with Brian and JoDon. Upon our return they greeted us with a lovely home cooked dinner and a house cleaner than it has ever been! Our dog was very confused as who to be loyal to and was clearly sad to see them go. They are lovely people and we feel so lucky to have had them in our support.
Brian and JoDon are so wonderful. We've recently retired and have never been able to travel together since we have a small ranch and animals that need daily care. We were able to spent 6 weeks with our son in Alaska and it was clear from our first emails that we could be confident in their care. Once they arrived, I was overwhelmed with their competence and caring attitude for our animals. Our home was so clean and beautiful when we returned home, yard perfect and orchard trees had been utilized and treats left behind. Our 4 dogs and 2 old horses were in love with them. Truly the BEST EVER!
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