About Jed & Hollin
We are a family of three who moved to Portugal in 2016 from the Seattle area. We run a travel site and travel often. However, our lives would not be complete without our animals. Hence, we use house sitters ourselves while we are away and thus have experience on both sides of the housesitting arrangement. It's a wonderful opportunity for both home owners and house sitters. We have a lot of experience and I (Hollin) have written an article on our popular travel site Milesgeek about the joys of house sitting (you can go to the site and type in 'house sitting' to view it. I am in the process of doing an updated version of the story this year. We homeschool our son and my husband works from home, so we are very flexible with our time and available for your pets needs. We are also open to swapping homes if you are interested in coming to Portugal and sharing our house with our three lovely......
We are a family of three who moved to Portugal in 2016 from the Seattle area. We run a travel site and travel often. However, our lives would not be complete without our animals. Hence, we use house sitters ourselves while we are away and thus have experience on both sides of the housesitting arrangement. It's a wonderful opportunity for both home owners and house sitters. We have a lot of experience and I (Hollin) have written an article on our popular travel site Milesgeek about the joys of house sitting (you can go to the site and type in 'house sitting' to view it. I am in the process of doing an updated version of the story this year. We homeschool our son and my husband works from home, so we are very flexible with our time and available for your pets needs. We are also open to swapping homes if you are interested in coming to Portugal and sharing our house with our three lovely dogs!
When we re-newed our membership with THS we did it with my husband's email address and lost our reviews! I am pasting a few here as per the THS help desk advice. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! Cheers!
Our Trusted Housesitters Reviews--
William - Larkfield, United Kingdom
27 September - 04 October 2014
Such a lovely family, with an obvious affinity with pets - I simply cannot recommend Hollin, Jed & Milo highly enough. We were a little apprehensive about letting strangers look after our cat, dog and home but they really did care for all of them like it was their own. They were very accommodating with our dog (he's a bit of a large diva who has a lot of energy) and were always happy to help if we needed something. Both Hollin and Jed were exceptionally confident and competent with handling him and we came back to a very contented puppy who really didn't want them to leave! It was additionally reassuring to get regular updates and photos of both the cat & dog - and we would always ask them to come back again if they are free. They are also a very well travelled family so be sure to ask about their incredible travel blog! Thank you guys, we hope you made it to Paris safe and well and let us know when you're back this way! :)
Claire - House / Pet sitting Reference
06 July 2015
Hollin and her family were excellent house sitters! They stayed in our house for around a month in June 2015, looking after our two dogs while they were there. This was our first time using a house and pet sitting service, which of course is a stressful thing to do, but with Hollin we felt completely at ease. She is wonderful with the dogs, who obviously took a real shine to her, taking them on regular long walks. She sent us frequent photos and updates during our trip which was great as we could see how everyone was getting on. And the house was kept in perfect condition while we were away. In summary they were the ideal house sitters, and you are in luck if they are looking after your house!
Susan - House / Pet sitting Reference
14 October 2014
Une famille amricaine trs sympathique avec un jeune garon adorable, trs patient avec les animaux et qui les aime beaucoup. Nous avons eu tout fait confiance en eux et nous avons pu partir tranquillement en voyage pendant ce temps. C'tait la premire fois que nous laissions notre maison et toutes nos affaires et tout s'est merveilleusement bien pass avec en plus un change trs cordial avec cette famille adorable que nous recommandons vivement.
David And Agathe - House / Pet sitting Reference
02 October 2014
We needed a kitty sitter during two weeks of holidays. We were so surprised and delighted to receive an offer from an American family. We have been very happy to meet Hollin and Milo, and so sorry to miss Jed ! our kitty Tigrise was very happy with Milo. It was also a good house and garden keeping. We were confident from the very moment we met her ! It was like a long time friend !!! Merci beaucoup Hollin et nous esprons les revoir pour parler franais ! Bon voyage ! Have a good european trip. Bisous.
Bernice - Entraygues-sur-Truyère, France
21 October - 06 November 2014
Hollin coped extremely well looking after our two cats and the our dog, who unfortunately was not very well, also I might add with an additional pet that she was not expecting. All of the animals were happy and well looked after when we returned from our two week holiday. Would have no hesitation in recommending her for other animal house sits.
Why we want to house sit
We like to house sit because we love the feeling of being home in a new place. Animals add so much enjoyment to our lives that is an added bonus to have them when we are abroad. Our son especially loves sits involving cats as my mother in law is allergic, so we cannot have any cats of our own. We run a travel site as I mentioned above, and we like to take the opportunity while house sitting to write about local restaurants and activities. Being in a new place in a home environment gives one the opportunity to feel more like part of the community. Whether it's a BBQ or sharing a glass of wine with the neighbors, or getting 'insider' info into the best places to see from the home owners themselves, we've found house sitting to be very rewarding. And, because we leave our own pets in the hands of house sitters while we are traveling, we know first hand the value of having someone you can trust to keep your animals happy and in the routine they are used to. It's a marvelous situation for all parties- the pets, the home owners and the house sitters!
We have been lucky to have had some seriously wonderful animals to watch on our travels. We have watched dogs --both old an sick, and young and energetic. We have been with sweet kitties, some outdoor and shy, others who sleep in bed with us. We have also watched, fish, parrots, chickens and guinea pigs. I was raised on a wildlife area in CA by two ornithologists and have a keen interest in the environment and all creatures. We are very reliable, and in addition to caring for your pet family, we recycle and treat your home as if it were our own. We will make sure your home is clean and ready for you when you return and that your pets are happy and loved. In summation, we will do for you what we hope our sitters will do for us. Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you!