We are Marleen and Jandaan and we are fulltime house & pet sitters. We love to take care of your animals, plants and home during your absence. Also we share all our house sitting knowledge and our pet sitting experience with you. Welcome to our house sitting Blog.
Are you planning a well deserved holiday break and do you need a great solution for your beloved animals? -> We are reliable house sitters / pet sitters and love to take care of everything when you are gone. Get in touch > theperfecthousesitt[email protected]
Or are you an (aspiring) pet sitter or home owner looking for house / pet sitting information? -> You came to the right place too!
For our house sitting Reviews: scroll all the way down.
Why we love to be house & pet sitters – an introduction
We love animals and we love to travel around. But how do we manage this lifestyle? For us the answer to this question is simple: house & pet sitting. House sitting entails a lot of things that are important to us. We love to be house & pet sitters. Because ..
- We love animals.
- Living in different places around the world enriches us.
- and we are building up a nice social global network.
Since May 2017 we are fulltime house & pet sitters. We are pet sitters ourselves and love to blog about our experiences and to share our best tips with you. So interested in some house sitting reading? Make sure you check out our house sitting blogs below. Interesting for both owners and pet sitters. More interesting pet sitting reading will follow.
House sitting & Pet sitting blogs
How to become an excellent house sitter in 13 steps
Being a part of the pet sitting sharing economy: making friends all over Europe
“We consider house & pet sitting an important job. Your animals, home and garden deserve the best care.”
We are available all seasons. Don’t hesitate to contact us at >> [email protected] << or visit our facebook house sitting group (and become a member too)
What do we do for you as house & pet sitters?
- We take care of your home and pets like if they were our own.
- We do what we say, and we tell you what we do.
- Openness and honesty describe us well, also when that means we have to bring you some (little) bad news. So you will exactly know what you get and what is happening when you are not there.
- We stick to made agreements!
Our experience as house sitters & pet sitters
We have experience with taking care of different kinds of animals:
- cats & kittens
- (big) dogs
- pony’s and donkey’s
- chickens & ducks
- administering medicine to cats and dogs
We have experience with different kinds of homes, properties & maintenance jobs:
- swimming pools
- filter systems & pumps
- garden maintenance
Availability for house sitting & pet sitting
We are available the whole year round. Just get in touch to check our availability. We are open to: house sitting in Spain, house sitting in France, house sitting in Belgium, house sitting in Portugal, pet sitting in Germany, house sitting in the Netherlands, we could be your house sitters in Italy. And all those other lovely countries in the EU and outside the EU. We are eager to meet your furry friends. And don’t get confused by the use of both the terms house sitting and pet sitting. They mean the same to us. Although we love to take care of pets and animals, we are open to house sits without pets. To ensure safety, pool maintenance, the garden, etc.
What do people say about our house care & pet care? – house sitting reviews – pet sitting reviews
Wendy – Magalas, France – 12 weeks in March, April, May, June 2020 – pet sitting in France
My experience with Jandaan and Marleen was a little out of the ordinary to say the least! I was supposed to be away for two weeks but came rushing back after ten days because of the shutdown. The global situation was pretty overwhelming and I think we were in a bit of a shock to start with but as they couldn’t go back to Holland we settled down for nearly three months living together! So I can say that I am quite an expert on this adorable couple.
My cats loved them, particularly Maddy who I was convinced would stow away in their luggage when they finally left! They were immensely helpful with two cats who were unwell, sometimes it took the three of us to catch one or the other and put it in the carrier and they have a great knack for getting medicine down when it’s needed. They were devoted to them and so very caring.
They were also extremely kind in helping me move and sort furniture and boxes which was a job long overdue which I will be forever grateful. Did I mention their cooking? Delicious vegetarian food as well! Maybe I should stop there but don’t hesitate to book them, you won’t regret it.
Amanda & Andrew – Paris, France – 2,5 weeks in December 2019 & January 2020 – pet sitting in Paris
We continue to thank our lucky stars that we found Marleen and JD, and that they chose to spend time in Paris at our home! They took a great deal of time before the “exchange” to learn all about our dog and her preferences, as well as about us. They were also incredibly patient and flexible with scheduling to accommodate my pregnancy and then an unpredictable new baby Once everything was set, we eagerly anticipated their arrival and they felt like old friends when we finally met!
Marleen and JD are absolute naturals with animals; our dog fell in love with both of them right away. We were at such ease leaving for a 2-week holiday to visit family in the US – the least stressful time we’ve ever had to be away from our fur baby! And even when we had a hiccup with our dog being naughty, we were reassured every step of the way and knew she was in the most excellent hands. When we were all reunited at the end of their stay, none of us wanted them to leave!
The Perfect Strugglers are so wonderful that we already have booked our next trip with them, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Although we may just want to keep them to ourselves but if you have the chance to meet these phenomenal people, do not hesitate one moment!
Michael – Limeuil, France – 3,5 weeks in September & October 2019 – pet sitting in Dordogne, France
How wonderful it is to come home after 3 weeks and have a delicious vegan chocolicious waiting for you! Thanks to Marleen and Jandaan for the great time you gave to our little and big four-legged friends, for leaving our house perfectly clean and “ready to move in”, for all the sweet messages in between etc etc etc!! Marleen and Jandaan: chapeau!
James & Sacha – Catus, France – 2 weeks in September 2019 – house sitting in France
Finding reliable, trustworthy and resourceful people to look after your house and pets when you go away on holiday is not easy. When you have two mad dogs and an equally crazy cat living with you in an old house in the middle of ‘la France profonde’ it becomes even more challenging. So Providence smiled down on me last month and sent Marleen and Jandaan, ‘The Perfect Strugglers’, to look after Tao, Charlie and Paul for two weeks while my partner and I headed for the Mediterranean for some badly needed R&R.
They were absolutely brilliant! They prepared very thoroughly for the visit, making sure they knew everything they needed to know about the animals and the house. Once here they immediately bonded with the dogs and soon had them walking off the lead on their usual countryside walk. They even trained the cat to add to his diet by catching any stray mice that were about! We came back to find three very happy pets and a house that looked even better than when we had left it!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for the very best house and pet sitters. Five stars!
Lynn – Zeist, The Netherlands – 3 weeks in May & June 2019 – house sitting the Netherlands
DRUIF, NOA & MINI // Our sweet three, okay also a bit naughty, but otherwise it is so boring? Super super thankful are my husband and I for your great care! You have contributed to our unique, fortunately temporary, living situation; living-apart-together in between Spain and the Netherlands.
We hope that you had a fantastic time in our forest house with our three unique ones. They at least had a great time with you! In particular a hat off to how you interacted with our most special family member, Miss Piggy ‘Druif’. You have stood your ground and experienced that a pig is not the same as a dog, but if you know her well and vice versa she gets to know you, it is a wonderful creature who, just like you and us, enjoys her life.
We are very grateful for the good care and the love and attention you have given to our animals. You’ve left the house clean and tidy every time and even the occasional delicious Vega creations. I admire your lifestyle and how you look at life together. I always tell the people around me that you could be really good friends of mine. I remember our inspiring conversations and I hope that we will meet in Spain. Lots of love, and a hug from all the animals! ♥️
Ilse & Paul – Dordrecht, The Netherlands – 2 weeks in June 2019 – pet sitting in Nederland
I met Marleen years ago. She was going to go on a world trip with her boyfriend, which I was able to follow thanks to facebook. Just like the decision that they would continue their nomadic existence as pet and house sitters.
An e-mail is sent in no time. But I have a rather impulsive holiday rhythm and Jandaan and Marleen are doing so well that they are often booked months in advance.
This year I saw my chance and they looked after our pet bunch, consisting of 1 dog and 2 cats. Unexpectedly our cat turned out to be pregnant and it seemed very likely that she would be giving birth during our holiday. I would have fully understood if they would have withdrawn. Nothing could be further from the truth; Jandaan performed the midwifery role very well!
Mother gave birth to 5 kittens in the living room in a relaxed way and felt comfortable with Jandaan around her. I can only express my appreciation and gratitude for Jandaan and Marleen. They did a great job!
We were able to be away from home with peace of mind and therefore enjoy the holiday even more.
Thank you very much! And hopefully until next time ?
Love Paul and Ilse
Joke – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 2 weeks in May 2019 – house sitters in Amsterdam
Frankly, I don’t want to write anything praiseworthy. Not because you don’t deserve it. On the contrary; you deserve all the praise and honour because you are a fantastic couple who took great care of my three dogs, cat and house. Thank you for that… but what I’m afraid of now is very selfish. Because I’m afraid you’re so busy that you don’t have time when I want to leave again. hahahaha… Sorry…
It was very nice to receive the pictures and movies of my animal crew and wonderful to be able to enjoy my holiday with peace of mind and to come home to a tidy house and to find some happy and well-tended animals (and a bottle of red wine as a homecoming gift:-).
Thank you, darlings. I – who doesn’t like to leave strange people in her house – am convinced! If I trust someone, it’s you. Big hug from me, Doodle, Evy, Truffel and Stoffel
Bernadette & Patriek – Iznajar, Spain – 5 weeks in February & March 2019 – house sitting in Spain
Jandaan and Marleen are the friendliest, capable and trustworthy people you could wish for as your house sitters. They took great care of our big, old farmhouse with its complicated heating system, its not so easy pool water cleaning system and its big garden. But most of all, they looked lovingly after our 3 cats as if they were their own. The cats absolutely adored them.
For Jandaan and Marleen house sitting and animal care is not just a “free” holiday, it is their way of life and they take it very seriously.
From our very first very clear communication until our last goodbye after 36 days in our house, it was a real pleasure to have known and worked with these lovely people. We and our cats are hoping they will find the time to come and spend some more time here, so we can go off on our holidays, safe in the knowledge that our house and our cats are in the best of hands. Oh, and do expect a wonderful vegetarian meal for your home coming!
Thank you Marleen and Jandaan, until next time!
Kay S. – Manilva, Spain – 4 weeks in December 2018 & January 2019 – dog sitters in your own home in Spain
Thanks for taking great care of our 3 dogs, the great walks you took them on, also Jack with all his health problems, it was so good to go away and not worry how they were, you kept us informed and sent good pictures. I would recommend your care to anyone, something I don’t usually do unless I am really impressed.
Nancy B. – National Park Du Morvan, France – 5 weeks in November & December 2018 – pet sitting / B&B sitting in France
Thanks Jandaan and Marleen, you really are great! Going for a holiday of 4 weeks is not something you just simply do with our animal herd. But with the great care of Jandaan and Marleen we dare to take the leap.
Everything was well taken care of, both the animals as our home. We enjoyed a wonderful holiday, thank you very much! As well on behalf of all horses, livestock, cats and of course our beloved dogs Lola and Fleur! Arjen and Nancy
Ria P. – De Hoef, The Netherlands – 1 week in October 2018 – house sitting in the Netherlands
We just got back from a carefree holiday, thanks to Marleen & Jandaan who were taking care of our dogs, cats and home. We could see the pets had a great time in their own home with people who love animals very much. We recommend having house sitters to anyone. We will ask Jandaan and Marleen for sure another time to take care of our animals.
Barbara de S. & Ted M. – Barcelona, Spain – 4 weeks in June & July 2018 – dog sitting in Barcelona
While we were enjoying our amazing holiday on Bali and in the rest of Indonesia, during the whole month of July, our dog & house sitters Marleen and Jandaan took care of our two big dogs and our house in Barcelona! Though I put them through some difficult interviews before we decided to trust two “strangers” in our house, I must admit that they have restored my faith in humanity! We agreed that they would arrive 2 days before our trip started and from the moment we met, we knew that they were GREAT people. It felt as if we had known them for years and they immediately settled in and even offered to cook for us on the second night! They had a real click with our big dogs and we left without feeling guilty towards our dogs…. a month is a long time.
During our stay they stayed in touch, send us pictures of our dogs and when we came back yesterday, the house was extremely clean and very well taken care of and our dogs relaxed and happy! They had even prepared us dinner and some snacks, so we wouldn’t have to cook after our long flight! Thanks a lot Marleen and Jandaan, you have been life savers and it has been great to meet you! We hope to be able to use your services again in the near future and you can always forward future clients who would like a reference. Enjoy your new place and let’s stay in touch! XXX Family Meulenkamp
Nancy & Arjen B. – Du Morvan, France – 6 weeks in March, April & May 2018 – pet sitting in France
Compliments to Jandaan and Marleen!
For almost six weeks they took care of our horses, donkeys, petting zoo, dogs and cats. We live in the Bourgogne, in the national park Du Morvan in France, where we run a holiday accommodation with a lot of animals around.
You can entrust Jandaan and Marleen with the responsibility for the pets and home with a light heart, and a clear conscience. They are very serious about their job as house sitters and truly love the animals. They dedicate a lot of their time to the animals as well. A few of the activities they did: keep going the fire of the central heating, feeding all animals, walking and cuddling our dogs (boxers), brushing the donkeys & pony & horses, bringing the horses to another meadow etc.
They kept us updated very nicely when we were away. We had a clear and smooth cooperation, which we appreciated a lot. We have also spent some time at our property when Jandaan and Marleen were there as well and that went very well. They are pleasant, nice and open people that are very cooperative. We sincerely hope they would like to come back in the future!
Els van den B. – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 1 week in March 2018 – inhouse pet sitters in Amsterdam
Marleen and Jandaan took care of my cat in Amsterdam recently. I was very delighted with their sitting job and I sincerely hope that they are going to be in the Netherlands very often, hence they can sit very often!
Dirkjan de W. – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 1 week in March 2018 – cat sitting Amsterdam
Marleen and Jandaan took care of these two members of my royal family when house sitting my botanical apartment in Amsterdam. They did a fantastic job! Ludwig & Kiki were well nourished and all of my plants flourished. Thanks a lot and I’d happily have you guys house sitting again in the future!
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Iris I. – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 3 days in March 2018 – cat sitters in Amsterdam
Very satisfied about Marleen and Jandaan as cat sitters. It was only for a few nights but it was nice they were able to sit on such short notice. On behalf of Mausi as well; thanks a lot! PS they prepare a delicious vegetarian Dutch pea soup.
Paivi H. – Spain, Sotogrande (Costa Del Sol) – 8 days in February 2018 – dog sitters at home in Spain
We can’t thank you enough for giving us a chance to leave the furry babies home and sneak out for a family holiday! True win-win situation as dogs, bunnies and cats stayed happily home with the most animal friendly couple and we could relax and enjoy our holiday without worrying about them. Huge thank you and hope to see you soon again.
Inge B. – Spain, Sotogrande (Costa Del Sol) – 4 weeks in January / February 2018 – dog sitting in Spain
These two beauties we left in the good care of Marleen van der Rijst and Jandaan Kamerling for almost 4 weeks! They bonded very well with them and gave them loads of cuddles and attention. Instead of worrying about our pets we could truly enjoy our holiday.
Highly recommend them!
Ellen & Gidon – Portugal (Algarve), Aljezur – 9 weeks in November, December 2017 & January 2018 – house sitting Portugal
Marleen and Jandaan stayed two months at our quinta. They are very committed to the care of the animals, the large garden and the house. We were regularly informed about the ins and outs of the quinta. They are reliable, friendly and patient housekeepers, which we certainly want to recommend to you.
Lotte W. – Germany, Hamburg – 5 weeks in September / October 2017 – house sitting in Germany
Jandaan and Marleen have been taking care for our four cats and our home in Hamburg for five weeks. Our contact to get to know each other better upfront gave us a good feeling and we decided to have them as our sitters.
They arrived in Hamburg a day before our departure, so that we could meet in real life and we could explain everything to them. The introduction with them and with the pets was good and confirmed the expectation we were a good match. So we could leave for our trip without sorrow and with a light heart.
We had to change our holiday plans due to private circumstances. So it felt even better that we could be away from home without worrying about practical things and the well being of the pets.
Besides, one of the cats is aged and needs lots of special attention. And medication on several moments of the day. Not everyone can cope with this but for Marleen and Jandaan it was not a problem at all.
During our absence we stayed in touch with them with messages and pictures, and that was very comfortable.
Our homecoming welcome was very warm: a cosy clean house and a perfect table with food. And satisfied pets that barely had missed us: perfect.
Therefore we can sincerely recommend Jandaan and Marleen!
Jannie R. and Jack D. – The Netherlands, Driebergen – 3 weeks in September 2017 – house sitters Nederland
To let unknown people live in your house for a few weeks trust is necessary.
Marleen and Jandaan gained that trust during our first meeting and they retained the trust upon homecoming.
They have taken good care of our home during our absence and left the house very neat. And that is a very pleasant way of coming back home when you are tired from a long trip back.
For us it is an obvious fact we will ask Marleen and Jandaan to take care of our home again in the future!
Anne Marie F. – The Netherlands, Amsterdam – 1 week summer 2017 – house sitting Amsterdam
I happened to have a glance on a house sitter website and within a few days I had a very relaxed introduction with Jandaan and Marleen. I made a marvelous choice for this couple as cat & house sitters.
The young kitten couldn’t stay home alone for two weeks. I clearly could see the cats had had a good time when I came back home.
Both relaxed, home felt as home, garden in good order and they even had left me delicious little things.
But most important is the fact that there was trust so that leaving my home to strangers felt good and there was no betrayal of trust at all at any point.
It also felt as a special introduction with 2 open and special persons.
Thanks again and I wish you well with everything that will come your way. Sweet regards.
Stefan de K. – The Netherlands, Schalkwijk – 4 weeks summer 2017 – house sitting at a farm in the Netherlands
Jandaan and Marleen have been sitting our house from Mid July until Mid August 2017. Our house is quite complicated to take care of and we have many animals (three dogs, chickens, peacocks, a pony, etc.), plants and land. But nothing was too much for Jandaan and Marleen. The pets didn’t miss anything, and were in a happy and healthy state upon our home coming. The house was as tidy as we had left it. When small things weren’t clear straight away, they reached out and the solution was easy.
Thanks to them (among other things) we have had a delightful and carefree holiday. And we didn’t have to start cleaning straight away when we got home. So we can highly recommend Jandaan and Marleen with great conviction. If you would like to know more, please send me a personal message.
Laura H. – The Netherlands, Amsterdam – 2 weeks summer 2017 – cat sitting Amsterdam
Marleen and Jandaan took super great care of our cat Gerrit and home in Amsterdam. Every now and then Marleen would send me an update with picture of Gerrit. When we got home we found a happy cat, a clean house, and a small gift. I surely recommend them as house sitters!
Ron van der R. – The Netherlands, Utrecht – 4 weeks summer 2017 – house sitting in Utrecht
Every summer we have to search for a little while for someone who can keep an eye on our home, take care of the mail and water the plants. This year we found it very convenient that Jandaan and Marleen could take care of all of this.
It was very pleasant to get back home in a tidy and clean home. They even had taken care of a few small repairs. GREAT! Jandaan and Marleen, thank you very much for your house sitting.
Bea S. – The Netherlands, Utrecht – 2 weeks summer 2017 – cat sitters in Utrecht
Marleen and Jandaan have lived in our home the first weeks of June 2017. With love they took care of our pet Suzie. Occassionaly I was sent a nice picture.
I was delighted to return to a tidy, clean house with a satisfied cat. Even with a small present in the form of a four-leaf clover! Thank you for your great care.