House Sitter   Dianne Mathews


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House Sitter Dianne Mathews

Location:   Singapore, Singapore

Experience:   2 yr

Rank:   star star star star star rate this sitter

About Dianne Mathews:

A conscientious, dependable and trustworthy  sitter with a proven track record of happy homeowners .... someone who genuinely cares .

About Me

I’ve travelled and lived in different countries pretty much all my life, since I was 2 years old. It was a way of life my siblings and I got used to growing up. In all that consutant moving and transfers,, we had one form of stability that didn’t change – we had our menagerie of pets. My love for animals just grew from then. There’s no question, I adore animals and have enormous patience and tolerance in dealing with them. It goes without saying I will care for your pets just as I would my very own. My early years clearly influenced the career path and choices I made in life. The thirst to travel and be on the move is in my DNA and remains insatiable for most part. I started out my career in the hotel industry working my way up to management level, versed in the general running and management of key departments which will be put to good use in my house sitting ventures. Working for leading international hotel chains gave me the opportunity to work in different countries. Eager to travel more frequently, I made a career switch to Global Media and my job in Business Development for Asia Pacific required me to travel extensively. I’m versed and accustomed to being on the road - so there shouldn’t be concerns over bailing out period. Whilst I’ve held management positions, I’m very grounded and am equally versed in the actual housekeeping and maintenance scope needed to run the average household. Ditto with pets - it’s not limited to just getting and giving hugs and cuddles. It goes beyond the superficial- whether it’s your home or pets or both, you can go away with peace of mind. My time is my own - so I’m flexible and can take both long and short term sits.

Why I want to house sitI like being a universal nomad, having done it all my life. The Luxury Housesitting platform allows me to continue to travel and explore places I haven’t been to or revisit places I’ve been to and like.

It gives me the security and safety of moving around in a mutually trustworthy community of similar like- minded people. The long term sits allow me to forge a better relationship with home and pet owners . When I first started house and pet sitting , I had no idea it would be this much fun and so rewarding . All in all it has been an amazing journey and incredibly rewarding thanks largely to all the homeowners and their adorable fur babies. The house sitting platform never ceases to amaze me. The broad cross section of people I meet is just amazing. Unlike the typical holidays I took in the past, the sits allow me to go beyond the superficial breezing in and out as a tourist. I get to immerse with the local community in locations of my choice and get a true feel of what it is really like to live there. Where pets are involved, seeing to the pets make a difference- they’re not only great company, they give a sense of normalcy. I’m definitely a fan and plan on doing this indefinitely. One day when I’m done, I’d have to go back to all the places I’ve sat and gather the broken pieces of my broken heart I sometimes leave behind. It’s not difficult to get attached to your fur babies and in most cases it’s just impossible to remain detached.

My Experience

There are STILL a gazillion places I am eager to go to if you would have me.

So far, I’ve pet and house sit full time since April 2018 in Europe, in London, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire UK; Zurich,Interlaken & Geneva -Switzerland; Saint Aubin Le Cloud, Dieulefit, Lyon – France; Sydney & Adelaide - Australia ; New York , New Jersey & Texas -USA; Antwerp, Brussels- Belgium and Berlin, Germany. I’ve done both short and long term sits in cities as well as rural locations. 


I’ve been very fortunate with my housesits – my homeowners have very kindly given me overall five star reviews and written very positive accounts of their sits. It’s the ultimate seal of approval for me.

With my hotel background and natural bond I have with animals, I’m cut out and qualified to do this. My love for animals is organic, very much in borne. I’m trained to care for your home and have the experience to care for your pets. More importantly I’m reliable, trustworthy and deeply respect privacy. In a nutshell, I genuinely care and take pride in doing a good job. For me, the best stamp of approval I can possibly get is to have homeowners satisfied and pets happy. I strive to do both in all my sits. Going by the reviews, I seem to have done both. I plan on keeping it that way . I go to great lengths to care for your fur babies and am conscientious about the upkeep of your house while you are away. To make this possible, it would help tremendously if you can have all the essential details covered in writing and sent to me prior to the agreed sit dates. Transportation information and accessibility are crucial . Wifi is a must to be able to communicate and give you regular updates. Decent TV, Netflix or Cable TV for long term sits helps and would be a bonus. Kindly please stock up on pet supplies and basic household essentials and please check household appliances are all working for the maintenance of your house and pets. I’m mindful about hygiene practices to keep your pets safe and their things sanatised- hand soap, disposable latex gloves, wet wipes, tissue paper, kitchen paper towels, floor wipes and poop bags are the things I need for the duration of your sit. I hope you will be happy with my credentials and I would be honoured to sit for you. I’ve worked very hard at building my sitting experience and credentials and my days of sitting for free for 2 years are over. The good news is my charges are reasonable and negotiable. NOTE: I’ve done all my sits alone . However for specific long term sits that require more than one person, please note I am able to arrange this.


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Diane cared for our 2 cats for lengthy periods over several months. You could not ask for a more loving pet sitter than Diane. She showered our cats with affection the entire time, just as we would, and they loved her back. She also kept the house in immaculate condition. Highly recommend.

Reviewed Nov 13, 2019 by homeowner in Lyon, France

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Paul & Marie Adelman

Homeowner in Leeds, United Kingdom

House & Pet Sitting

Paul - Leeds, United Kingdom
15 - 24 Jun 2019

We both agreed from the outset that Dianne was going to be a great house sitter and we were not wrong. Dianne is such a lovely, warm and caring person that we knew Pinot was going to be in safe hands. She kept us updated with his antics and he fell in love with her and was always on her lap being brushed with the great brush she bought for him, he adores it! The house was immaculate when we returned home with lots of lovely surprises for us that just make her a very special sitter. We would recommend Dianne without a doubt

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Received | Jul 6, 2019


Date of Service Jun 24, 2019

Stephen Robling

Homeowner in York, United Kingdom

Stephen
Dianne is an excellent pet/house sitter. She is very organised and knowledgeable about cats. Having corresponded with Dianne before the sitting and met her the day before, we left for our holiday feeling secure in the knowledge that Dianne would take the best care of our cat (Oscar). Dianne is very kind and generous. We have no hesitation in recommending Dianne to others and hope that she will return again to our home in York when hopefully the weather will be kinder to her next time.

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York, United Kingdom · 06 Jun - 15 Jun 2019


Date of Service Jun 15, 2019

Geri Hazelton

Homeowner in Antwerp, Belgium

House & Cat Sitting

Geri - Antwerpen, Belgium
29 Oct - 30 Nov 2018

Dianne is an absolute jewel! She charmed our cats, Hardy and Gray, and spoiled them to pieces. Gray is a skitterish and deaf cat that would not let anyone get close to her but Dianne was able to pet her and brush her. Dianne kept us informed on how everything was going and cared for our home as if it were hers. She is extremely organized and neat. We would have DIANNE sit for us again and again.

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Received | Dec 6, 2018


Date of Service Nov 30, 2018

Felicity Holmes

Homeowner in Geneva, Switzerland

Felicity - Genève, Switzerland
17 - 26 Oct 2018

Dianne is an outstanding housesitter who I recommend without hesitation. Her focus at all times is on the animals (in this case, two spoiled cats) and making sure they are happy, healthy and well cared for. Dianne was excellent with her communication, sending me regular videos and photos updates so that I could relax while I was away. She even made them little toys and got my big overweight guy moving - which is quite an achievement! I returned to a house that was spotlessly tidy and two very relaxed pussins. 12/10 would recommend.

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Received | Nov 5, 2018


Date of Service Oct 26, 2018

Joan Redemer

Homeowner in Antwerp, Belgium

Joan - Antwerpen, Belgium
7 - 13 Oct 2018

Dianne had Stella and Milou sleeping with her the first night she arrived (before we left!). She is really tuned into cats. She is very calm with them and I knew from the moment they met her that they would be well cared for. Stella had a bladder infection/cysts for a few weeks before Dianne arrived and needed pills 2 times per day. I showed her how I do it and she had no problems at all. Stella is easy with her meds, as I always give her a small treat afterwards. We had dinner with her upon her arrival and before her departure, and my husband and I were both very charmed by her. Milou, who is historically nervous around new people, was weaving around her legs while we were at the dinner table the first night. I highly recommend Dianne. She is smart, funny and well traveled. You will not regret having her take care of your pets or home.

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Received | Oct 18, 2018


Date of Service Oct 13, 2018

James Curtis

Homeowner in London, United Kingdom

House & Cat sitting from 1 to 20
August 2018.

James - London, United Kingdom
1 - 20 Aug 2018
We had the pleasure of Dianne pet/house sit for us for three weeks this summer, in our London home. She took incredible care of our cat Dotty, winning her trust and making sure she was relaxed and happy. She has a true talent with cats and understands their idiosyncrasies. She was also a wonderful sitter for our home, leaving it tidier and cleaner than we’ve ever seen it when she left. That includes the garden, which was beautifully tended. Dianne is warm, caring, diligent, responsible and resourceful and also very respectful of the home she is caring for. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

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Received | Aug 26, 2018


Date of Service Aug 20, 2018

Veronica Rowe

Homeowner in Saint Aubin Le Cloud, France

House & Cat Sitting Services

Veronica - Saint-Aubin-le-Cloud, France
12 - 26 May 2018
Dianne was very attentative to Caspers needs and introduced him to some new toys , which he loved. Dianne is very caring , considerate, thoughtful and respectful, not only of the animals needs but also the owners too. Whilst I was away , Dianne needed to consult the vet and I was kept informed at every stage, which was reassuring. The house was spotless and I had food in the fridge too. I consider her to be a very reliable trusted house sitter and would not hesitate to invite her again should she be free.

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Received | May 28, 2018


Date of Service May 26, 2018

Rupert & Emma Houseman

Homeowner in London, United Kingdom

House & Pet Sitting

Rupert - London, United Kingdom
28 May - 1 Jun 2018
Dianne was a fabulous guest. Kind, responsible and clean. She took great care of our house and pets. Buddy our mid sized dog was a bit too strong for her to safely walk. So we arranged for some extra help with walking responsiblitys, which was fine because she took such great care of our home and gave both Jeff (our cat) and Buddy so much love and effection whilst we were away. We would definitely recommend her.

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Received | Jun 14, 2018


Date of Service May 1, 2018

Gaynor Greber

Homeowner in Interlaken, Switzerland

Gaynor & Burkhard - Interlaken, Switzerland
20 Apr - 7 May 2018
Dianne was a most competent reliable sitter. She is warmhearted and has a caring attitude to pet sitting, our cat was well looked after and most content on our arrival home. Dianne made sure the house was cleaned to the state it was in when she arrived and kindly replenished the fridge, leaving fresh flowers to welcome us home. I would highly recommend her services.

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Received | May 11, 2018


Date of Service Apr 7, 2018

Richard Young

Acquaintance in Singapore, Singapore

Richard Young
15 March 2018
When one is looking for a house sitter for your fur kid, you would want someone who is kind, compassionate and has a genuine love for animals. Dianne ticks off all these boxes, and more. I have witnessed first-hand Diannes unstinting commitment to animal causes and her love for animals generally, none more when her cat was ill and unfortunately passed on due in a large part to inadequate care and attention from certain vets. She spent an enormous amount of her time and expense in trying to right these wrongs, and in ensuring that the vets in question were aware of their shortcomings and took the appropriate steps to ensure that there will not be any repeat incidents. I would strongly recommend Dianne to anyone who is looking for a dedicated house sitter who would treat your fur kid as if it were your own.

Richard Young

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Date of Service Jan 1, 2018

Ricky Ow

Employer in Singapore, Singapore

Employment Reference Letter
Ricky Ow
05 March 2018
To whom it may concern I am writing this testimonial as someone who has known Dianne Mathews for many years. I was first acquainted with Dianne more than 20 years ago when I was heading the distribution business at CNBC Asia. Dianne had been recruited as the Director of distribution (Hotel partnership). The role had the significant responsibility of securing paid carriage for CNBC with hotel partners across Asia Pacific. Dianne was also responsible for improving the product and for increasing the number of hotel partners across the entire region. Dianne was always been good with people and she had manage to drive strong growth of the business. I have always known Dianne to be highly reliable and trustworthy. I also like the fact that she was never afraid to speak up which had helped us develop a better product and when we disagreed, she was able to agree to disagree and move on. Dianne started her career in the hotel industry where she built a formidable reputation having worked for some the worlds best hospitality brands such as Hyatt. The years of experience in that industry also means that she has a solid understanding of hotel management. I believe that she is one that takes huge pride in her job. She has proven herself to be very capable professional and one who has a very keen eye for details. Finally, I am happy to speak to the relevant person in charge if they would like to know more about Dianne.
Sincerely,
Ricky Ow
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Date of Service Jan 1, 2014

Gregory Ho

Acquaintance in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

whom it may concern.

REFERENCE FOR DIANNE MATHEWS

Dianne Mathews and I have been friends for over 2 decades. Warm, caring and very strong, Dianne has managed to overcome many challenges in her personal life to stay a funny and cheerful friend.

Having visited Dianne at several of her different homes over the years, I can vouch that she is one who is extremely home proud. She has immaculate taste in furnishing and art, and her home always looks like something out of an interior design magazine or a luxury publication like Tatler Homes magazine.

Obviously, Dianne was and still is heavily influenced from the time in her earlier career when she worked for some of the worlds best hospitality organizations such as the Hyatt group and where she honed her appreciation of design and aesthetics. So, it was no wonder that her home always feels like you are walking into a 6-star hotel suite or resort. More than just being spotless and very well maintained, it was beautifully and thoughtfully presented from the incense filled rooms to the table settings and guest toilet amenities.

Dianne and I were colleagues who worked closely together at Asia Business News (later CNBC) where she headed our hotel distribution business in Asia Pacific. Dianne was the consummate business professional. Very smart, passionate, highly disciplined and committed. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and her sense of humor was always a joy to have around especially during difficult moments.

I believe Dianne would make a fantastic and highly responsible house and pet sitter. Your home and beloved pets would be safe and in very good hands if you had Dianne taking care of them for you.

I would be happy to provide further information and/or endorsement for Dianne if required.

Thanks,
Greg Ho
Turner Broadcasting


Date of Service Jan 1, 2014