Betsy and Mark
Betsy and Mark Amsterdam
Betsy and Mark in Washington State


Why Us

With us as your housesitters or caretakers, you can expect honesty, reliability, and respect for your property, pets and possessions. Our housesitting experience dates back to 2010. Along the way, we have cared for cats, dogs, chickens, and goats.


In 2009, Betsy and I left Southern California and began traveling. Some of that travel was documented on The Next Road. Our first housesit was in Morganton, N.C., then the Venetian Isles outside New Orleans. More recently we housesat in Bonney Lake, WA, Santa Cruz, CA., Monterey and currently Virginia.

From 2009-15, we traveled extensively in Mexico and spent a few months in Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina and the Netherlands. Shorter stays included Slovenia, Scotland, Germany, and Panama.

Occasionally we would return to the U.S. for family stuff like college graduations. During those times, we rented apartments in Boston, Baltimore, and had a wonderful extended stay in Washington D.C.

Fast-forward to 2018, and we are currently enjoying a three-month housesit in Virginia, which ends March 10, 2019. Next up, a long-term caretaking position would be perfect. As always, we will entertain all potential positions including shorter ones in the U.S. and abroad.


Betsy and I have been married 39 years. We have three children, twin daughters and a son. We grew up in Flint, MI, became high school sweethearts, later married and then moved to Northern Michigan for a dozen years. Betsy edited and wrote for a couple of newspapers and I worked for Coca-Cola.

In 1997 we moved to California and started new. Mark transitioned into the technology industry working for a small UNIX-based reseller in Carlsbad reselling backup and recovery, storage systems, and business continuation solutions. Betsy went to work for a book publisher as managing editor. She oversaw the publishing of over 75 hardcover books and managed writers both internally and remote.

A few wonderful years later, our son attended Berkeley, our twin daughters attended Harvard, and all went on to advanced degrees.

In 2015 we came back to the U.S. and settled in Sarasota, FL, to support Betsy’s mother. She recently passed, so we are in the midst our next adventure. Our bucket list includes: Paris, Netherlands (visit our son and granddaughter), Portugal, Italy, Uruguay, and of course those places we don’t know but should.

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Best Regards,


Betsy and Mark Blondin



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big garden in Washington housesit
Betsy walking two dogs
Betsy at picnic table with cat and dog