I babysat my friend's dog over the weekend while she and her partner went away for the night. It was totally fine - the dog is lovely, they brought over food and dog crate for her to sleep in, she got along well with my dogs.
Since it went so well, she asked me if I would consider having her dog while they're away for 4 weeks over Christmas. She offered to pay me like $500 or so because we'd be doing her a favour and she'd feel better knowing the dog was going to enjoy its stay (as opposed to at the kennels). I told her I didn't want her money and I was happy to have the dog, but she insisted.
I'd feel really strange accepting that much money off a friend, but I know a good kennel would be way more than that, and she wants to repay me for doing the favour.
What would you do?!?! (No judgement of course! Hubby said take the money!)
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12-03-2013 18:29 #1
Being paid by friend to doggysit?
12-03-2013 18:33 #2Senior Member
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i would feel weird about it too. a bottle of wine or 2 would be enough for me, especially if she is providing all food.
12-03-2013 18:34 #3
Yeah maybe a bottle of wine or a movie voucher or an IOU for dogsitting your dogs?
Very nice of her though (and you!)
12-03-2013 18:48 #4Senior Member
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I wish I had a friend that could take my dog instead of kennels! For 4 weeks the equivalent kennel bill would be around $560 ($20 a day). So maybe suggest half this?
But as a dog lover I can understand your friend wanting to pay you this much.
12-03-2013 18:50 #5
I would take the money. I have a friend who takes me on holidays while mum looks after her dogs. Thats her deal (or payment). She trusts us and loves that we won't feed her dog bad foods etc...
We put our dogs into a kennel once before and they got so sick! If you feel bad for that amount of money maybe say half
12-03-2013 18:55 #6
A good friend? I wouldn't accept money. But I would accept a nice case of wine
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12-03-2013 19:20 #7
Generally i don't like taking money. I'd probably just ask for the cost of food and/or whatever you need to supply for it though.
I was looking after a cat for what was meant to be a week and ended up being almost 3 months before the owner finally, reluctantly came and picked it up. The owner supplied one small box of food sachets so i had to fork out the expense of the rest of the food and kitty litter... I would want to avoid this situation and take the money to cover food upfront.
12-03-2013 19:22 #8
12-03-2013 19:28 #9Senior Member
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We have offered to dog sit for someone for 6 months because they don't know when they can move into their new house. We were given some cans and $50 for extra food. It is a sh** of a dog also! You surely have a good friend to offer!
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12-03-2013 20:14 #10
I don't think I could take $500 though
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