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Dogsitting

Post by Shell » Mon, 31 Jul 2006 08:37:12



I've been doing a *lot* of dogsitting lately.  And, I've learned
something today, Kyle...

No matter how bad my own dog is, I really do prefer her smart-assed
company to that of other people's dogs.  Not that I don't like other
dogs (I do!), and it's not that I don't like the dogs I'm sitting for,
but boy, I would **not** want to live with them.

Teh Enb.

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Post by Rock » Tue, 01 Aug 2006 12:54:13



Quote:
> No matter how bad my own dog is, I really do prefer her
> smart-assed company to that of other people's dogs.  Not
> that I don't like other dogs (I do!), and it's not that I
> don't like the dogs I'm sitting for, but boy, I would
> **not** want to live with them.

It's kind of interesting how quickly other's dogs' habits grow
on me.  They're like nieces and nephews - they go home at some
discernible time.

Some of "my" dogs (the stranger ones, TTYTT), I'd like to keep
if the owners had to give them up.  Luckily, I'm too level-
headed for that to happen.

--
--Matt.  Rocky's a Dog.

 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Tue, 01 Aug 2006 21:33:05



Quote:
>they go home at some discernible time.

You bring up an interesting point.

I think it makes a difference whether or not the dogs are in your own
home.  I've had canine house guests that I've really enjoyed, and
might've been sorely tempted to keep if that had been an option.  

I suspect, too, that these particular dogs would behave very differently
in my house than they do in their own.  When I've had house guests,
they've very quickly caught on to what was acceptable and what wasn't.
At their home, though, they're in their own behavi***groove, and it's
not IMO a very nice one.  They're both very sweet dogs, but they're not
always likeable, and there are times that I'm reminded of how much I
enjoy the company of my own dog.

Quote:
>Some of "my" dogs (the stranger ones, TTYTT), I'd like to keep
>if the owners had to give them up.  Luckily, I'm too level-
>headed for that to happen.

It *is* always the weirdos, isn't it?

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Post by Suja » Tue, 01 Aug 2006 23:04:25


Quote:

> I think it makes a difference whether or not the dogs are in your own
> home.  I've had canine house guests that I've really enjoyed, and
> might've been sorely tempted to keep if that had been an option.

Aah, so that's the explanation.  I was wondering how Ms. Brown took to
having house guests.

When we went to New Hampshire (which is fabulous, BTW), Pan stayed with a
dog sitter.  She was also tasked with walking someone else's dogs while they
went on vacation.  For 15 days.  I know these people, and can't imagine how
they could think that it is okay for a dog to have human contact for
something like 2 hours a day.  Luckily for the dogs, Ms. Dog Walker happens
to be the compassionate sort, and would bring these dogs home with her as
well.  Even then, their Collie was hugely depressed; it was like she was a
different dog altogether.

Suja

 
 
 

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Post by Paul » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 00:51:12



Quote:
>Some of "my" dogs (the stranger ones, TTYTT), I'd like to keep
>if the owners had to give them up.  Luckily, I'm too level-
>headed for that to happen.

I would advise you to make up neglect stories and steal them, but
since too many people would notice them at your house, that won't
work. Sorry!  Depending on the day, I might send you one of my
stranger ones.  I'd probably want it back after a couple days, though.

--
Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy,
so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay

 
 
 

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Post by Paul » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 00:58:57




Quote:


>> I think it makes a difference whether or not the dogs are in your own
>> home.  I've had canine house guests that I've really enjoyed, and
>> might've been sorely tempted to keep if that had been an option.

>Aah, so that's the explanation.  I was wondering how Ms. Brown took to
>having house guests.

>When we went to New Hampshire (which is fabulous, BTW), Pan stayed with a
>dog sitter.  She was also tasked with walking someone else's dogs while they
>went on vacation.  For 15 days.  I know these people, and can't imagine how
>they could think that it is okay for a dog to have human contact for
>something like 2 hours a day.  Luckily for the dogs, Ms. Dog Walker happens
>to be the compassionate sort, and would bring these dogs home with her as
>well.  Even then, their Collie was hugely depressed; it was like she was a
>different dog altogether.

One of the parents at the dance studio my daughters dance at decided
recently she needed to be more flexible in her work schedule.  She
used to be a vet tech.  So her new business is dog sitting.  She has
varying plans from feed the dog and pick up the mail to more visits
per day to spending the night in your home and letting the dogs either
sleep in the bed with her if that is what they normally do with their
owners.  The last time I talked to her, she was telling me that she is
having some problems because although people often pay for the minimum
plan, she ends up giving them more deluxe plan treatment because she
can't stand to just check in on a dog and then leave it when it is
lonely and confused about where everyone went.  So instead of just
feeding, watering and pottying, she ends up not only making more
visits, but staying to play or read a book while the dog snuggles up
or whatever.  She has had to recruit her ***agers to help her almost
full time this summer because she has a lot of people going on
vacation and still can't severely limit the dog interaction time.
Guess who is taking care of our dogs when we go on vacation in August?
Being the person I am, I'll pay for the deluxe plan even though I know
I could get the upgrade for free. ;)

--
Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy,
so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay

 
 
 

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Post by Mirell » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:05:53


Quote:

> I've been doing a *lot* of dogsitting lately.  And, I've learned
> something today, Kyle...

> No matter how bad my own dog is, I really do prefer her smart-assed
> company to that of other people's dogs.  Not that I don't like other
> dogs (I do!), and it's not that I don't like the dogs I'm sitting for,
> but boy, I would **not** want to live with them.

That us the opposite of me. Every dog I meet I fall in love with and
would love to have them live with me. I adore dogs !

Mirelle

<snip>

Quote:
> Teh Enb.

> --
> Shelly
> http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
> http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)

> We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't
> cope with is therefore your own problem.
> -- Douglas Adams

 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 21:01:40


Quote:

> Aah, so that's the explanation.  I was wondering how Ms. Brown took to
> having house guests.

It depends entirely on the guest.  If it's a male or a young female,
and doesn't get uppity, *and* is all about the playplayplay, then
they are Allowed.  Snarky girls, which would be the female half of
the dog-sitted duo, must diediedie.  Life would be so much easier if
Miss Chowy *** weren't such a, well, ***.

Quote:
> When we went to New Hampshire (which is fabulous, BTW), Pan stayed with a
> dog sitter.  She was also tasked with walking someone else's dogs while they
> went on vacation.  For 15 days.  I know these people, and can't imagine how
> they could think that it is okay for a dog to have human contact for
> something like 2 hours a day.  

Yeah, well, I'm kind of dealing with a similar situation.  I'm
trying to split my time so that my dog doesn't get screwed (she
*does* come first), but that the dogs I'm watching also get some
quality time.  As far as the owner is concerned, sticking food in
their bowls 2x/day is sufficient, but I disagree.

This situation isn't going to improve much in the future,
unfortunately.  The owner is in the process of rehabbing a house in
Cincinnati, so she's spending all her spare time there.  I don't
mind dogsitting, but I *do* feel like her dogs are getting shafted,
and I can only take up so much of the slack without screwing over my
own dog, which I refuse to do.

Quote:
> Luckily for the dogs, Ms. Dog Walker happens
> to be the compassionate sort, and would bring these dogs home with her as
> well.  Even then, their Collie was hugely depressed; it was like she was a
> different dog altogether.

Poor girl.  It would be bad enough if they understood that it was
just a temporary arrangement, but dogs live in the moment, so when
"the moment" sucks, their whole world sucks.

--
Shelly (Warning:  see label for details)
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http://www.moonsgarden.com/ (Letters to Esther)

 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 21:06:06


Quote:

> That us the opposite of me. Every dog I meet I fall in love with and
> would love to have them live with me. I adore dogs !

I adore dogs, too, and am quite fond of the dogs I'm caring for.  I
don't want to *live* with them, though.  I would guess that I
*could* live with just about any dog, but that most dogs are not
really suited to my personality and lifestyle.  I think being aware
of one's needs and limitations with regard to pets is a Very Good Thing.

--
Shelly (Warning:  see label for details)
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Post by Suja » Wed, 02 Aug 2006 23:59:50


Quote:

> Snarky girls, which would be the female half of
> the dog-sitted duo, must diediedie.

No Pan sitting for you, then.  She gives new meaning to the word '***'.  I
wonder if Harriet would be okay with Khan - while a dork, he considers
himself quite the king of the hill, and *clearly*, any dog that wants to
playplayplay in this weather must be out of her little mind.

Quote:
> Yeah, well, I'm kind of dealing with a similar situation.  I'm
> trying to split my time so that my dog doesn't get screwed (she
> *does* come first), but that the dogs I'm watching also get some
> quality time.

It's too bad they can't just stay with you.  That's probably the best way to
work around this sucky situation.

Quote:
> The owner is in the process of rehabbing a house in
> Cincinnati, so she's spending all her spare time there.

Why can't the dogs go with her?  As long as the conditions are safe, I know
that's what I'd be doing.

Quote:
> Poor girl.  It would be bad enough if they understood that it was
> just a temporary arrangement, but dogs live in the moment, so when
> "the moment" sucks, their whole world sucks.

Yeah, there are times when I wished we could communicate with dogs better,
and this is one of those times.  Although the dogs are generally in good
hands when we leave, it still stresses them out no end.  I'm not sure what
we'll do the next time we go to India - most of the pet sitting options are
too expensive (not to mention, it is hard to find someone trustworthy to
stay at your house), and even the nicest of boarding kennels aren't all that
nice when the dogs have to live there for a month.

Suja

 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Thu, 03 Aug 2006 00:53:06


Quote:

> No Pan sitting for you, then.  She gives new meaning to the word '***'.  

Yeah, I can't imagine that she and Harriet would get along.

I

Quote:
> wonder if Harriet would be okay with Khan - while a dork, he considers
> himself quite the king of the hill, and *clearly*,

I expect that she would *adore* Khan.  Which is not to say that she
wouldn't have the occasional snarkitude, but that's not a big deal.

any dog that wants to

Quote:
> playplayplay in this weather must be out of her little mind.

She's mostly flat right now, and is spending an inordinate amount of
time sleeping (resting her Eeevil, I'm afraid).  She's happy to play
and chase bunnies and lizards and toads, though, if the opportunity
presents itself.

Quote:
> It's too bad they can't just stay with you.  That's probably the best way to
> work around this sucky situation.

I wouldn't do that to Harriet.  It would be too mean for words.

Quote:
> Why can't the dogs go with her?  As long as the conditions are safe, I know
> that's what I'd be doing.

It seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?  That's sure as hell what
*I* would do, in any event.  No way would I leave my dog behind when
I could just as easily take her with.  But, then, I *like* traveling
with my dog.  Some folks don't, I guess.

most of the pet sitting options are

Quote:
> too expensive (not to mention, it is hard to find someone trustworthy to
> stay at your house), and even the nicest of boarding kennels aren't all that
> nice when the dogs have to live there for a month.

I don't envy you trying to figure that one out.  Maybe you could
borrow one of Chris' never-ending supply of vet students to house
sit for you?

--
Shelly (Warning:  see label for details)
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Post by chris jun » Thu, 03 Aug 2006 04:25:54



Quote:

> most of the pet sitting options are
>> too expensive (not to mention, it is hard to find someone trustworthy to
>> stay at your house), and even the nicest of boarding kennels aren't all
>> that
>> nice when the dogs have to live there for a month.

> I don't envy you trying to figure that one out.  Maybe you could borrow
> one of Chris' never-ending supply of vet students to house sit for you?

Back off woman, they're mine.

I used to do a lot of petsitting but cut way down. So I don't accept any new
dogs, but I still take in some of my long time customers (Smudge the Lhasa,
Rascal the Mini-Aussie, Sophie the Beagle x pointer, Sunshine the Chowy-lab
and Lily the GSD x Collie x moose) Currently we have Lily staying with us.
Lily weighs more than twice as much as Lucy but Lucy has twice the
***-a-tude.  They get along but I do separate them for feeding, sleeping
and chewie time.

Quote:
> Shelly (Warning:  see label for details)
> http://www.moonsgarden.com/ (the Mother Ship)
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Post by Suja » Thu, 03 Aug 2006 06:26:35


Quote:

> Back off woman, they're mine.

I wish I had an endless supply of vet students to petsit for us.  That said
though, I'm really picky about who gets to handle Khan.  With him, there is
a fine line between being heavy handed and letting the *** beast walk all
over you, and not everyone gets that.  Pan would be a pretty easy dog for
most people to handle - she gets attached to people really quickly, has no
prey drive to speak of, excellent off-leash recall and as long as you don't
mind a rather large dog in your lap or drool slingers all over your ceiling,
you'd do okay.

Quote:
> Lily weighs more than twice as much as Lucy but Lucy has twice the
> ***-a-tude.  They get along but I do separate them for feeding, sleeping
> and chewie time.

Lucy might meet her match in Pan.  I bet she's bigger and ***ier.  I've
not known her to cause any other problems than general snarkitude however.
She won't go after anyone else's food or chewies, and she tends to sleep on
her own (or the human's) bed.

Suja

 
 
 

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Post by Rock » Thu, 03 Aug 2006 10:36:41



Quote:
> That said
> though, I'm really picky about who gets to handle Khan.
> With him, there is a fine line between being heavy handed
> and letting the *** beast walk all over you, and not
> everyone gets that.

Dang, I wish you were in my area - I give pretty good boundaries
and Khan is certainly my type of dog.

--
--Matt.  Rocky's a Dog.

 
 
 

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Post by Suja » Thu, 03 Aug 2006 11:37:50


Quote:

> Dang, I wish you were in my area

As do I.

Quote:
> I give pretty good boundaries
> and Khan is certainly my type of dog.

Rocky'll probably not be happy.  And if you watch unneutered males Khan will
really be displeased, and I'm fairly certain that you will be too.  As he is
getting older, he's getting fairly intolerant of unneutered dogs, even
*** ones - I can get him to behave, but there is a hell of a lot of
management involved.

Suja