About Steve & Robyn
We are a both University of Minnesota graduates, non smoking couple married 50 years. We live on a lake in northern Minnesota in a seasonal home about half the year and travel winters. Experienced as dog owners, cat sitters, homeowners, landlords and gardeners. We house sit both via TrustedHouseSitters members and occasional non members through ...
We are a both University of Minnesota graduates, non smoking couple married 50 years. We live on a lake in northern Minnesota in a seasonal home about half the year and travel winters. Experienced as dog owners, cat sitters, homeowners, landlords and gardeners. We house sit both via TrustedHouseSitters members and occasional non members through referrals. We were in the UK and Europe from October 2014 to April 2015 where we did four house sits interspersed with travel. See more details below.
Why we want to house sit
We enjoy travel and immersion in day to day life in different locations and cultures. We especially like longer house sits that allow us to be a part of local neighborhoods and not just tourists. "Sunny P." of Brighton, Sussex, UK says "Steve and Robyn are Perfect Guests (and house-sitters if you need them too)! October 2014.
Robyn is a long time member of garden clubs and past president of our local garden club, with 50+ years experience including organic vegetable gardening and composting. We have designed and put in many annual and perennial gardens over the years.
Experienced with hand tools and day-to-day household upkeep. We have owned several primary residences and rental properties over the last 40 years and have personally completed many substantial renovation projects.
We are familiar doing electrical, plumbing, construction, heating, appliance installment, etc.
We have owned 3 dogs ourselves (all large breeds) We pet sit for neighbors and relatives dogs and cats, and for our daughter as needed for dogs and including a blood donor feline.
Our experience with house sitting began in 1972 when for 2 weeks we took care of a house and their 2 teenage boys, the parents are now deceased. 1973 we spent 2.5 months sitting a lake cabin in northern MN. We regularly are responsible for siblings and parents homes. Over the years, we were often called upon by neighbors when they wanted their property cared for in their absence. We sat in Whistable, Kent, UK a home and a cat for 8 weeks late fall 2014, in December 2014 a house with a dog for 2 weeks in East Sheen, London, UK. January 2015 we sat a home with a cat in Richmond, London, UK for 2 weeks and later in March/April we cared for a home in Arzon, Brittnay, France with no pets for 2 weeks. Recently we sat 13 weeks during the period of November 2015 to mid April 2016 at various locations in the US southwest. The 7 sits included Santa Fe,NM- Marana, AZ-Salt Lake City,UT- Tucson,AZ and Santa Ana, CA. We can provide our passports, drivers licenses, and Minnesota Criminal Background Checks for additional information and more via Skype or telephone.
We have spent our working lives in nonprofit organizations. Steve was a therapist and program director moving up to Executive Director of a mental health agency. Robyn coordinated volunteers working with a wide range of age groups. We have both been involved in a broad spectrum of community activities from local garden clubs, book clubs, conservation groups, sports groups and legislative initiatives. Our involvement in theses activities included positions on boards of directors of several groups.
We have two children, both married and three grand children. Our son is an Associate Professor, Evolutionary Biology at University of Utah and spouse is Associate Professor History of Science, University Utah. They have two children. Our daughter is a Veterinarian with mobile equine services and acupuncture practice living in twin cities area of Minnesota. Her spouse is also a mixed breed small animal DVM. They have one child. They are both available to us at no fee for consultations if necessary while house and pet sitting!
We enjoy outdoor activities including birding, fishing, hiking, gardening and travel. We also enjoy historical sites and museums. Steve paints watercolors in his spare time. Robyn reads. We will also take in futball (soccer) games of any age group when we can.