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Experienced and extremely reliable, respectful couple or single w/ no 'footprint'

United States

Testimonials

They have 6 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Experienced with sheep (all aspects); experienced giving medications

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 10 June 2024
Until: 31 January 2026

Occupation

Artist, biologist, conservationists

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We are an active couple in our 60s who live on a small farm in western Washington state. Rich is a fishery scientist by trade and until recently, led a small non-profit organization working on global fishery sustainability. JoAnn is a retired fisheries technician and now a print artist, gardener and horsewoman. We do not have many animals at the moment - 2 horses and a cat but over the years we have also had many horses, dogs, cats and raised sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, peacocks, guinea fowl, etc. We love nature and are active hikers, bird watchers, and gardeners. We have a special affinity for the sea and love open spaces. We cut firewood on our property as a primary heat source in the winter. We enjoy nature and have a great diversity of birds, deer, coyotes and other animals on our property of over 50 acres.

Why they want to house sit

The lure of varied scenery, new places and experiencing life elsewhere more than strictly as tourists is a definite draw. We have lived in our current home for over 30 yrs now and have very much enjoyed house sitting for a new mix of our 'away experiences'. We are widely traveled, having lived and worked in London a few years ago, and Rich travels internationally for his work. We always enjoy new experiences. We also do like animals, nature and gardens very much so if those things come with a house sit, we'll feel quite at home. We favor situations that combine the obvious requirements of caring for your house and animals with the opportunity to see and experience the local areas where you live through some day trips. Reliable internet access is important for having the option to communicate on work matters remotely.

Their experience

We have had over 10 house sits through this and other sites - most with Rich solo and some with both of us when Jo Ann can find a sitter for her horses. We pride ourselves in providing excellent and trustworthy care. Rich also has worked away from home a good deal in the past 17 years, which has entailed both renting and sharing houses with others. In all cases this has entailed taking good care of others' homes and leaving no footprints. We lovingly have taken care of a variety of pets and animals of all ages and have experience administering medications when necessary. We frequently use Airbnb when we travel and have impeccable references for leaving places as we have found them with very little trace of having been there. We can provide further references as needed. We have a wide variety of experience caring for property and animals, including the unexpected challenges that often entails.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are very respectful, mature and caring people. We would not take on a house sit without being absolutely confident that we would be a great match to meet your needs. We would enjoy caring for your home like our own and would be very conscientious. We are excellent communicators, adaptable and responsible.

Our availability is affected mostly by COVID-related travel uncertainties. Rich works remotely when not traveling so is pretty flexible if a good wifi connection is available. Depending on circumstances, Rich often housesits alone as JoAnn has horses to care for at home unless she finds a sitter herself. Long-term house sits might be an option, but our sweet spot might be in the 1 week to 2 month range, depending on location.

Last updated: 10 June 2024

Available to house sit

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 10 June 2024
Until: 31 January 2026

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 6

Testimonials

Exceeded our expectations!

Aloha, This was our first experience with Mind My House and we selected Richard and Jo Ann Lincoln as our sitters. We were completely blown away by how easy they made the whole experience! All of the communications between us were easy and comprehensive, our kitty was well-cared for, and we had complete confidence in their abilities to look after her. Our home was in impeccable shape when we returned, we had a few extras in the pantry that we did not expect, and their choices throughout the experience have set a great example for us to learn from as newcomers. We especially appreciate Richard and Jo Ann's commitment to ocean conservation and their mindfulness about the ecosystem in our lovely region of Hawaii. Thank you so much for this opportunity! We have had peace of mind about the entire stay and would highly recommend them...A FIVE STAR RATING in our book! Mahalos & Alohas! Sonja & Steve & Kitty Roo

Sonja, United States, 05 July, 2023

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

I Can't Say Enough Good Things!

Rich has a kind presence that immediately put my three cats at ease with him. I got great reports of them cuddling up with him while I was gone. When I returned, the animals were relaxed and happy, which is so valuable to me. Over the two and a half week period while I was away, Rich took amazing care not only of my pets but of my home and grounds--everything was sooo clean and immaculate! I returned to see weeding and mowing and weed whacking done to a degree that I, myself, wasn't even up to, and I was so grateful. There were parts of my home that I wanted to leave cleaner for him, such as the fridge and the greasy cat door, that I noticed he had deep cleaned, with no mention of them from me -- he was just that attuned and thoughtful and caring as a sitter. The above-and-beyond surprises went even further, however -- there were tomato seedlings that had been transplanted in my absence, and new hanging baskets of flowers, and even some new replacement cat collars since my wild one had thrown hers while I was gone. The list goes on--so many details were tended to. My house looked great, felt great to come home to, and I was truly touched by the kindness of the supportive service this house sitter provided me so that I could travel to see friends and family with my home staying nurtured. He was incredibly capable, completely understood instructions, communicated well and asked good questions and I hope he will be able to sit for us again!

Nicole , United States, 12 July, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Rich Exceeds Expectations by Miles

Rich is the best sitter we've had over the 20 years in our beloved house. He asked great questions before the 15 day stay, and then followed our instructions perfectly. While we were away, he sent us a couple of quick texts to assure us the cats were adjusting well to his presence. We keep the place clean and neat, but observed things (stove top, easy chair) which were EVEN cleaner when we returned. He replaced any food he used and even added a few nice items for us. Anyone looking for a house-minder will be fortunate to have Rich select their "job".

Liz, United States, 03 May, 2021

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

A wonderful Housesitter!

Richard housesit for me for almost a month. My house was perfect when I returned, as if I’d never left. My cat Briar was relaxed and happy. Richard was thoughtful enough to not only cook me a delicious meal on my return, but to stock my fridge and cupboards full of wonderful food, even leaving a tin of his delicious home baked cookies! He went above and beyond, keeping everything clean and tidy and in good repair. I give him the highest recommendation possible and sincerely hope he will return for future housesits.

Terry, Canada, 27 February, 2020

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Warm, friendly, and reliable

We were so pleased to have Richard and Jo Ann take care of our kitties and home while we traveled. They gave loving attention to our two elderly cats, staying on top of picky eating and daily medications, and stayed in touch when they had questions or concerns. We completely enjoyed meeting them both before we departed--we were able to give them the run down on the house and area, and then enjoyed a fun dinner out swapping stories and finding we have lots in common. The house was spotless when we returned, the kitties happy and well-cared for. We would highly recommend Richard and Jo Ann as house and pet sitters.

Christine, United States, 14 December, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

True to their title

Rich housesat for us for two weeks in May. He was all you could ask for in a housesitter. He kept the house, animals, and property beautifully. He carefully considered whether he could make the job fit within his schedule and then resolutely committed. He arrived the day before we left and spent the time with us to make sure he thoroughly knew the job. He communicated clearly with us before, during and after the stay. It was clear he went above and beyond in caring for the animals and he took extra steps such as leaving us with a few groceries and thoughtfully replacing things he had used. He also conveyed that he enjoyed his time at our house, which is how you hope a housesitter will feel. We highly recommend him.

Mckenzie, United States, 02 June, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

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About this house sitter

MindMyHouse member since March 2013