We are a Dutch-French-German* couple who have decided to explore the world and live life to the fullest. We want to be free to travel and experience different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and learn more languages.

Every morning, we start with a yoga session (Christophe is a yoga teacher) and a meditation. We love to work out (running, hiking, horse riding, climbing, biking, swimming, inline skating) and we love to live a healthy (almost) vegan life.

We both love animals, but traveling doesn’t go well with having pets of our own, though we do still have an older horse that lives a happy life at a superb boarding place for the elderly. Taking care of your pets allows us to have pets around without owning them, which at this stage in our lives is perfect.

* Christophe was born in France, spent his childhood partly in France, partly in Spain, but spent most of his adult life in Germany. He is fluent in French, Spanish and German, and also speaks English. Karen was born in France but spent most of her life in the Netherlands, and moved to Germany in 2013. She is fluent in Dutch and English, also speaks French and German, and is learning Spanish.

Why we want to house sit

House sitting permits us to travel, see the world and enjoy the lifestyle we prefer. The world is such a magnificent place and we love to explore it. We don’t like staying in hotels and camping full time isn’t ideal either, so house sitting is the perfect alternative. Having a place to call home, even if it is only on a temporary basis. It permits us to change scenery on a regular basis, which we love.

Our experience

Having been house owners of several different houses, we know what is involved in taking care of a house. We are fit and healthy, and capable of small maintenance chores, if necessary. We have both owned and maintained gardens. Karen even had a successful vegetable garden for a couple of years, and also has experience taking care of grazing land, having owned horses for many years.

Christophe has owned a total of 20 huskies, which he bred and entered into sled driving contests. He has always had dogs, of different breeds and sizes. Karen has owned several horses and is a qualified hoof care professional.

We have both owned cats and a variety of small animals like hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and ducks. We are experienced in the caring and training of animals, which we take very seriously, and love to do so.

2018 pet- and house sits

  • 10 – 17 February: 1 dog in London (UK)
  • 6 – 10 June: Durfort-Lacapelette (France). Visit to become future house sitters, including 2 dogs, several cats and chickens and 7 horses.
  • 10 – 27 June: 1 cat in Redon (France)
  • 28 June – 5 July: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 chickens and a rooster in Blars (France)
  • 12 – 31 July: 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 donkeys in Chaillac (France)
  • 15 August – 1 September: 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 guinea pigs, several chickens and 7 horses (including a one month old filly) in Lubersac (France)
  • 20 September – 7 November: 1 dog and 2 cats in Tostat (France)
  • 1 December – 28 February 2019: 1 dog, 1 cat and 1 horse in Puget-Ville (Provence, France)

2019

  • 24 March – 25 May: Volunteering via workaway.info at Finca Rienda Suelta (Andalusia, Spain) to help on the 90 ha of land and with the 16 horses
  • 1 – 8 June: 2 dogs, Tenerife (Spain)
  • 14 – 17 June: 2 dogs, Tenerife (Spain)
  • 4 – 10 September: 2 dogs, Tenerife (Spain)
  • 18 October – 8 November: 1 cat, 4 hens, 1 horse, 2 dogs, Puget-Ville (France)

4 thoughts on “Experienced pet- and house sitters

  1. Anna says:

    Karen and Christophe watched my dog and my home while we were away. From the beginning, Karen was responsive and I was particularly impressed with her questions to ensure my dog would be comfortable with her and Christophe while they housesat. During the housesit, she was very good about giving me updates on my dog and took care to be in touch with me on a regular basis. Upon my return I found my house in excellent condition and most importantly, returned to a happy dog who I think may have liked them better than us! I would work with them again without question and have in fact, invited them to return for a future gig.

  2. Teresa Sorokin says:

    What a great couple Karen and Christophe are, I am delighted they looked after my house and cat and would welcome them back in a instant. Christophe was on hand when my neighbour found my willow (not planted by me) had damaged his pipework and I’m sure had a lot to do with the amiable outcome. They made themselves useful weeding the garden, mowing, deadheading the roses and clearing the moss and weeds from the path and garage entrance, thanks a million. Add to that a hair raising drive in torrential rain to get me to the airport as the trains were on strike and you get the picture of perfect house sitters – my cat was happy too.

  3. Lindsay Low says:

    We cannot praise Karen and Christophe highly enough for their excellent housesit for us. Their care for our pets, our garden and our home exceeded our expectations. We are extremely happy and would not hesitate to ask them to sit for us again. Why were they so good? They took on board the complex aspects of the house sit because ours is not the easiest of sits, with all the animals to care for and the garden/potager to look after in these summer months. They respected the way we do things and didn’t try to change that. They just completely understood and accepted how we work. Both lovely and interesting people, we really enjoyed meeting them and we are sure we will stay in touch. We have no hesitation in recommending Karen and Christophe as excellent housesitters.

  4. Karen and Christophe are a great team. They sat for us for nearly eight weeks while we were away, and we came back to food prepared for us, a clean and tidy house and very happy, well looked-after cats and a dog. They coped really well with some annoyances, such as an outbreak of fleas and water coming in through the roof in a storm. They regularly sent us updates about how things were going, even some little videos of Molly the dog. I would highly recommend them as reliable and caring sitters- all our neighbours liked them so you can be confident that they can handle anything life throws at them. Thanking you both very much, Karen and Christophe.

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