Housesitting

House and pet sitting is what we do! Take a look at our reviews below. We have been houses and pet sitting for a year and a half. We are responsible, professional, respectful and we have experience, reviews, references and police background checks.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are… If you’d like us to house or pet sit, short or long term, any where from a weekend to a year or so, please contact us with dates, photos and details. We’re listed on Trusted House Sitters where you can view our profile, references and a video, and Mind My House


We are currently booked. Our next availability: Any time from mid-February, 2018. 


Ao Nang, Thailand

Thor was a very sweet, brand new, rescue puppy who, when we arrived, suffered from the most  extreme case of anxiety and fear we have yet to encounter in a dog. Thor would spend all day and night huddled in one corner of the couch and would back up further into his corner at the slightest gesture, even when treats were offered. He never left the corner of his couch and certainly didn’t venture any where in the house. When we arrived it was a challenge to get him to eat.

On the day we arrived, before the owners left, Thor went to the bathroom on the couch and Ari on the bathroom floor. We stayed with Thor, Ari, the kitten (not house-broken) and Tiger, the cat from September 6 – 27, 2017.

By the time we left, Thor was following us around every where, freely keeping us company in every room of the house, playing with and fetching a ball, bounding up and down the hallway playing with us and he and Ari had become the best of friends! It was such a relief to see Thor change so drastically and absolutely heartwarming to see Thor act like a real dog.  

 

 

 

 

 


Ko Lanta, Thailand

We were referred to Farra and Kate by a house owner who had to cancel last minute. Farra and Kate’s petsitter had also canceled on them last minute so we stayed at Lanta Scenic Bungalows from August 4 to September 1, 2017 and took care of Mango while her owners were away.

When we arrived Mango was having some skin issues and irritations but with three shampoos a week her vitality returned and she was as healthy and shiny as can be! 

Blane & Monique sat for our lovable Mango and we came home to a happy, healthy and super clean puppy! They were very detailed in making sure they knew Mango’s routine and our expectations of specifically how they would be caring for her. Mango seemed very comfortable with them and there were no issues whatsoever.” 

It was off-season and the beautiful, serene beach with its magnificent sunsets was a two-minute walk away and we and Mango very much enjoyed our twice daily walks.


Phuket, Thailand 

We were selected on TrustedHouse Sitters by Ruth and Adam to take care of their house and lovely Bella, who we became quite attached to, from June 21 to July 29, 2017. Bella likes to snuggle and play with her squeaky hamburger toy!

“Monique and Blane were kind and helpful throughout the process of arranging the sit, during and after. We received regular photos and videos during our time away as we requested. If we contacted Monique and Blane they always responded quickly which was great. They kept us informed of any maintenance issues and communicated with our usual team that care for the property. Our dog required vet care whilst we were away and all instructions given by the vet to prevent infection were followed carefully. They also spent their time during her recovery at home ensuring that she was comfortable. On our return we were given sugary treats which was lovely.”

 

 


Canggu, Indonesia

Pam and Peter found us on Trusted Housesitters and we took care of their 3-story house, the swimming pool and their Bali dog, Poppy, from March 23 until April 8, 2017. Poppy likes to dance!

 

Monique and Blane were awesome. Poppy was content. The house was pristine. We would not hesitate to have them back!”

 

 

 

Peter and Pam contacted us a few weeks later to see if we were available to sit for them again but we were already booked for the dates they were interested in. 

 


Porirua, Wellington

This was our last house sit in New Zealand (December 6 – January 6) and our first official assignment through Trusted Housesitters. Cliff and Christine asked us to take care of Daisy, their schnauzer and Lola their rabbit for a month while they were away. Daisy was on a schedule of three walks a day, two showers a week and scheduled meals and snacks. A review from Cliff:

We secured Monique and Blane months before our trip. What won us over was they come across as honest and trustworthy and after having them housesit for close to a month – they just that; honest , trustworthy and just a lovely couple.


Our concern was for our pets; our lovely miniature schnauzer Daisy and Lola the bunny. Both were well taken care of and on our return were looking really good, happy and healthy. We were kept updated on them during our holidays and with the peace of mind that our furry family members were well taken care of, we have had a memorable holiday.

We are happy for any member to contact us for further information and would not hesitate to recommend them for any housesit assignment.” – Cliff

 

 


img_3187Birdsong Retreat: Wainui, New Zealand

We housesat Birdsong Retreat for Kathy and Bruce from mid October to mid November, 2016 and took care on Nina, a cuddly little poodle. Nina likes to run up and down the beautiful hills of Wainui! A review from Bruce:

Monique and Blane were excellent house and dog sitters.  Before our departure they did an excellent job receiving our instructions around the systems and practices for the maintenance of our house and dog, some of which are a bit complex as we live in a rural area on our own spring fed water supply.

While we were away, they posted pictures, videos and updates of our beloved dog Nina and the house.  We always felt connected.  When, due to it’s own home-made eccentricities, the water supply acted up Monique and Blane were great at communicating with us and working around the difficulties.  Upon our return the house and Nina were both in good shape and the house was cleaner than we left it.
 As an added bonus upon our return we asked them some questions about built-in cabinetry we were thinking of installing, which turned into a fantastic give and take feng shui discussion that ended up with furniture and art rearrangement that has really improved the feel of the house and saved us a great deal of money and work as the cabinetry turned out not to be necessary.
 
 
 
 
Kathy and I give them our highest recommendation.  Feel free to contact me at bruce.scanlon@gmail.com for further questions.
 
 
 
 
 

Heartwell Institute: Worcester, USA

Zayda and Bob found us through Trusted Housesitters but contacted us and contracted with us directly rather than through that system. We house-sat this lovely property for 6-months while the owners were in Florida.

Heartwell has 3 to 5 Airbnb rooms and we  maintained their Airbnb website such as uploading new photos, rewording room and facility descriptions as well as welcoming and taking care of the guests. We also helped facilitate all the events at Heartwell such as poetry readings, classes in tai chi, yoga and meditation.  Here’s a review from Zayda:

“I cannot say enough good things about Monique and Blane. They are not only extraordinary and generous human beings, but they exceeded our expectations, and did much more that our contract obliged them to do. We had a few Airbnb bedroom rentals and they continued hosting while we were away for six months. The comments we have received from those that stayed were magnificent. Just a couple of comments from cards addressed to Monique and Blane to illustrate what I am saying: “It was an immense pleasure to get to know you better and exchange our thoughts and insights about life & living. I will forever remember your kindness & generosity and I hope our paths cross again!” and “It was a pleasure to spend time with such a positive energy as you walked into the home. It’s wonderful to know that we have great people on this earth”. You will be fortunate to have Monique and Blane live and take care of your property.”

Clearing an area to create sacred space in the gardens at Heartwell:

Airbnb guest reviews: We took care of all aspects of Airbnb for Heartwell including taking and posting photos of the rooms and the property, booking, greeting and hosting the Airbnb guests in the 6-month period we were ar Heartwell. Here’s what some of the guests had to say:

Staying at Heartwell was the most incredible and heart warming experience. Besides how clean, orderly, and charming their zen house is, their warm smile, welcoming nature and generosity were the main theme of my stay. If you get a chance for a chat with Monique and Blane, be prepared for an eye opening and insightful conversation as well. It felt so much like home!” – Dalia

Monique and Blane were wonderful hosts. This was my second time staying in their home, albeit in a different room, so I already knew the ropes. It was clean and super cozy, with a comfortable bed, a good shower, a desk to work at as well as good wi-fi, and certainly good company. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.” – Bonnie

Monique and Blane were perfect hosts! Many kindnesses from the welcoming information to the tour of the beautiful and peaceful facility. I felt very much at home and at peace there, and with them.” – Barton

My recent stay with Monique & Blane at Heart Well Retreat was way beyond my expectations. The house is beautiful, spacious and quiet but really it was Monique & Blane’s warmth and attention that made all the difference for me. It was wonderful to arrive in a new place by myself and feel their friendly welcoming presence. It was like a home away from home. They are very generous and flexible which made things so easy. I had a great weekend and left feeling like I had made new friends and a place to go back to.” – Andree

” We were in town for a show at the Hanover and did not meet our delightful hosts, Monique & Blane, till the following morning. But our communication in advance of our stay was excellent, the keys were right where they were supposed to be, and our stay was “seamless”. We would certainly stay again!” – Phil

This Haven was a much needed environment for the busy week we were experiencing. Monique and Blane were very accommodating to all of our needs and made us feel as if their home was our home. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and having a sink in the room was a plus. I would recommend this house to any visiting the worcester area.” – Beth

Monique and Blane provided clear instructions for us: first, in the way they described the available rooms and in their house rules on the Airbnb site (we knew to expect a well-cared-for room in a well-run and lovely house); and second, in the clear welcome message they left for us at the key pick-up location. Our room was very comfortable, the mattress and pillows were excellent, and there was a large supply of towels. The shared bathroom was modern and well lit. The common sitting area included coffee and tea, a large TV, a comfy sofa, and writing table and an assortment of stools and chairs. Best of all was Monique and Blane’s willingness to sit with us for a bit of interesting conversation, making us feel very welcome, and then leaving us alone, giving us plenty of privacy.” – William

This spot is an oasis! It’s clean and cared-for – which really makes a place feel much better – and also relaxed and comforting. Monique and Blane are delightful and gracious, and it was easy to set everything up and come and go as I needed. I’ve already booked another stay!” – Susan

Incredibly gracious hosts!” – Tracy

I missed seeing Monique and Blane in person as our schedules conflicted, but they were great about making sure I had instructions on how to get into the house, and about checking up on me during my stay to make sure there was anything I needed or anything they could do for me.” – Livia