Testimonials | Animal Aunts - The House & Animal Sitters - Part 3

genuinely knew and loved chickens

Hi there

I’ve just got back from holiday, and Simone was House sitting and most importantly, looking after my precious flock. As you may recall it’s a fairly complicated sit, in as much as a. There are some fairly complex medication and care needs and b. I’m pretty neurotic about them.

I have to say Simone was amazing; I asked you for someone who genuinely  knew and loved chickens not just someone to let them in and out and chuck food at them. And boy, she really does – and she loves wildlife too. I felt confident with her from the start. She combined a really good knowledge of chickens, chicken health  with a real love and affection for them.  She kept in touch throughout my holiday; sent me vids and pics and updates which meant I didn’t feel so far away from them; and she went above and beyond – cooking them treats and spending time with them; cleaning out their coops and she even picked some flowers and made some food for us for our return – and stripped and washed her bed. I was pretty gobsmacked. 

 …genuinely knew and loved chickensAnyway, thought I’d let you know how happy I am with your service, but also what a gem you have in Simone. She’s a keeper. Oh, and she’s also unflappable! It really was the first holiday away where I’ve actually felt able to relax and not wanted to come home early – and I’ve used House sitters before! 


- Toni

Capable and Caring Hands

Dear Seonaid, and of course all the other delightful members of the Animal Aunts team, 

It was yet again, with such peace and confidence that we left our home and treasured possessions in the very capable and caring hands of Charles  He is such a charming gentleman and handles everything with complete calmness and without fuss which we appreciate, especially after returning home from a long sleepless overnight flight!!  Everything was so neat and tidy and a joy to return to.  

We appreciated him keeping the regular e.mail contact.  

Unfortunately the day before we left there was a leaking plumbing issue affecting the washing machine, causing some inconvenience to David for which we apologise.

The very kindly mowed our lawns which after the rain and then the sudden burst of spring great rapidly – quite unnecessary but greatly appreciated as we both have a very busy week ahead. 

The special treats that he left for us were greatly enjoyed – yet again totally unnecessary.

 Please convey our very sincere thank you to David for spending the past two weeks in Amersham.  We do hope that he will be able to return.  

 Thank you yet again for your kindness.

Fondest wishes


- Margaret

A natural with the labs

Just a note to thank you for sending John to care for our 2 black labs Alfie and Cooper.

It is the 2nd time John has cared for the dogs whilst we go on holiday. We have been able to relax and not worry about the dogs as he has cared for them to a very high standard. The dogs clearly love John and he is a natural with them. Worth every penny to have them looked after as we would look after them.

Thank you

- Janette S

Animal Mary Poppins

Dear Animal Aunts

I just wanted to write to thank you for sending us Mary – she is a veritable animal Mary Poppins! She went above and beyond to help whilst staying here and the cats have made it clear to us since she left an hour ago that they would much prefer that she had stayed instead of us! It’s a hard thing, to meet someone for the first time and then immediately allow them unsupervised access to your home, but Mary made me feel completely confident in her right from the off. She did a marvellous job looking after our little menagerie and took brilliant care of our home. We would like to book her again for a holiday in May and another in late summer and I’ll be in touch as soon as I have dates. Thank you again, it was lovely to meet her and we’re already looking forward to having her back.

Thank you again, it was lovely to be able to enjoy ourselves without worrying about the pets!

- Catherine and Stephen

Above and Beyond Dogsitters

Dear Sam,  

Thank you so much for organising our lovely auntie and uncle for Folly and Dillon today.

To say that Steve and Anika went above and beyond anything we could have expected would be an understatement!

Steve and Anika arrived as arranged this morning and immediately got to work getting to know the dogs. It was immediately obvious that they are genuine dog lovers and we felt completely confident that we were leaving Folly and Dillon in safe hands. This was especially important as today was an incredibly difficult day for us. 

When we returned this afternoon we were greeted by two happy and relaxed dogs, a neat and tidy house (even the dishes I hadn’t had time to do this morning had been washed and dried), the floors had been swept and Anika had even cleared the poo on the lawn for us. 

 Both Steve and Anika were kind and friendly and we would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to anyone. We were genuinely delighted with the care they’d taken of two much-loved dogs and the extra touch of text message updates and photos was wonderful.

 Hopefully, the next time we need an auntie will be under happier circumstances, but we would definitely like a note placed on our file that Steve and Anika are our preferred uncle and auntie.

 Best wishes,


- Carolyn