(Closed) Do you dog/pet/house sit for your parents?

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jillmatt:  We live in another country from our parents, but if we lived near by I probably would.

Is there a reason why your husband and dog can’t come with you for the weekend?

As long as it’s a weekend that works for you and they don’t ask you to do it all the time, I don’t see too huge an issue with it (esp if you can bring your husband and dog with you).

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We dog-sit, but the parents bring the dog to us. (We live 3+ hrs apart.) And likewise, they dog-sit for us when we go on vacation.

How far away is your parents’ house?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s OK to have a weekend away from your hubby every once in a while. And you’re doing your parents a big favor…what’s wrong with that?

I dogsit for my parents all the time.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My parents just got a puppy in January and we’ll be watching him when my parents go away on longer vacations.  They’re planning a trip to Spain this October, and it actually worked out to be $700 cheaper for them to come here first (I live 3 hours away) and leave the dog with us and then fly out of Boston.  Otherwise, I was going to meet them halfway and pick up the dog.  My parents have done a lot for me and I like that I can help them out.  And it works out, because they’re going to take our dog for the 10 days we’re on our honeymoon.

But I’ll watch the dog in my own house.  I wouldn’t be thrilled with having to spend the weekend away from my Fiance and my own dog.  If I was in your situation, I’d tell my mom she needs to come up with a solution so that my dog could stay the night.  Either a way of separating them, or getting them accustomed to each other.  And I’d let her know that she would need to make alternate arrangements once we have kids, just so she’s prepared.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jillmatt:   I just saw this: “They say they can’t handle another dog”


I’m sorry but they have 7 dogs, and taking on an 8th for a week or so would be too much?  How much more work is that going to be?  I don’t know the situation, but that seems kind of selfish to me.  You leave your husband and own dog to care for theirs, and they can’t reciprocate?

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t know about bringing your dog in the mix– when there’s that many dogs there is a pack mentality.  They have their own social system and hierarchy and I wouldn’t want to just throw a dog in there for a weekend?  I dogsit for a group of 6 rescues and I’d only be comfortable bringing a new dog in to meet 2 of them at a time, never just thrown in the bunch.  It’s not about filling one extra food bowl, it’s about watching them constantly because they are going to try to establish dominance and figure out where the new dog ranks in the pack.  

I’d keep dogsitting.  One weekend out of your year isn’t that big of a deal and it’s a really nice gesture as boarding for that many dogs would be really expensive– think of it as traveling or business or whatnot?  I think you’re sensitive because you’re only recently married and recently got your dog so it feels too soon for a “vacation” from them. 

Also, for when your parents do need someone new, check any local colleges.  I picked up my gig when I worked at a shelter when I did my undergrad– I desperately needed the cash and loved the weekend out of the dorm.  I missed my dogs from home and got lots of studying done while I ate HotPockets out of their freezer.  I still love dogsitting for her on weekends when I’m back in that town (can’t beat $100 for sleeping with a pack of pups!) 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are currently babysitting my parents dog.. and she is sick. It has not been a good week. I was supposed to take her to them tmrw when I got visit for the wknd (3 hour drive) but now my step dad is coming to get her today. 

I don’t mind doing it, but this time with her being sick it was a lot to handle.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dog is so low maintenance, I guess it’s a little outside my realm of understanding.  She’s short-haired so no grooming (which your dog wouldn’t need anyways for the short time you’re away), just feed her a couple times a day and maybe let her snuggle on a lap at night.  Wtih a ton of other dogs around she’d just wear herself out and wouldn’t need much else.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We’ve watched FMIL’s dogs a few times.  But she’s right around the corner and we just run over a few times a day to let them out/take them in, feed & water them.  She in return has fed FI’s cat.  We’ll see how it goes when we need her again, since I brought my dog.  Her dogs will gang up on my dog so she can’t take it to her house. 

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