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Happy experienced house-sitting Zen couple looking to explore this big world while taking care of your animals and propert. Non-smokers

About this sitter

We are a couple of writers, professional massage therapists, artists and teachers in our mid 50's.

We are resourceful, reliable, ethical and trustworthy non-smoking animal lovers who have run our own business since 1991. Monique is originally from England and Blane grew up in the U.S., in rural Vermont with a number of large dogs and other pets. He grew up surrounded by wildlife chopping wood. We both love reading, writing, creating art, traveling, meditation, new environments, new people and communing with nature and animals of all kinds.

After a 6-month house-sit in the U.S. and house and pet sitting for over a year in New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand and Europe we find ourselves doing a 2-year housesit in Portugal.

Please note: We would love new house/pet sits but you would get one of us, rather than the two of us, and they would have to be paid situations.

Why they want to house sit

We prefer house sitting because it provides a home environment giving us a local experience rather than the usual purely tourist one, giving us the opportunity to experience the world with new eyes. The world is full of adventure, new places, people, lifestyles and cultures - we’ve travelled to Europe, China, Mongolia, Europe and Central America. S.E. Asia...

Their experience

A 6-month house-sit in the U.S. in a meditative retreat center where we took care of airbnb bookings and guests, a 5 months of house/pet sits in New Zealand, 5 months in Indonesia and a total of 5 house sits in 4 months in Thailand. Blane grew up chopping wood and raising large breed dogs in Vermont, taking care of 300 year old properties, with all of the challenges that such places invariably have and Monique grew up in England. Her mother was French so although rusty she has some language skills. She has some small farm animal care experience. Together we have owned dogs, cats, fish and reptiles as pets, including Jilly, our diabetic cat who needed 2 shots of insulin a day. Our lovely and beloved cat died at age 19.

What can they bring to the assignment

House and pet sitting is what we do. We love it and take pride in doing it well. We've left both our business and our cat (since passed) in other peoples hands and know how important this seemingly simple thing is - and we know what it's like to be terribly disappointed. We wouldn't want anyone else to have those experiences and are dedicated to giving you peace of mind while you leave what's important to you in our hands.

We're caring, competent, responsible and overall good, nice people.

We are happy to stay in touch with homeowners and equally happy if you just want to forget about everything and just relax and know that your home and or pets are in good hands.



Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden


Blane & Monique Allen/Illona Reference/Review - Mind My House

I decided to take a break, short notice & placed an advert on Mind My House. By the next morning, Blane & Monique had responded, along with a few other applicants. It is imperative to me that I meet the house sitter/s before agreeing to any house sit, & Blane & Monique made themselves available to come to London, the very next day to meet the Boys & see the house. We immediately clicked & within a week, I was on the plane to sunnier climes! Blane & Monique moved in a couple of days before I left & stayed a couple of days upon my return. The house was as I had left it - clean & tidy, the pets were very comfortable in their company & they were a pleasure to have around. I have offered them another house-sit if they decide to make a return visit to the UK, & in particular London. Thank you once again Blane & Monique :) x

Laura, United Kingdom, 01 December, 2017

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


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