Post # 1
I have a wonderful friend who has volunteered to watch our dog while we are away for a two week honeymoon. She’s said it is our gift for our wedding.
She loves dogs and jumped at the chance to watch our dog when we mentioned we were looking into kennels for our sweetheart. We had already started the process with a kennel of getting our girl used to this kennel while we are away (as used to a kennel as a dog can be).
We had already budgeted money for this kennel stay and maximum with would be $1700.00 with some of the extras added to the basic boarding fee.
Thing is- I feel guilty not giving my friend anything for watching our dog. She has absolutely refused money and was quite put out when we suggested paying her for this generous offer.
What would you bees do? Take her to dinner? Give her money anyway? I’d like to do something- but she did get mad when I thought of at least giving her some money.
– we would provide our dog’s food, toys, treats etc. Our friend wouldn’t have to purchase anything extra. Just her time and home is what is needed.
Post # 2
I would either take her out for a really nice dinner, or send her a gift card in the mail so that she can’t really refuse it as she could if you gave it to her in person. I watched my friends dog for 3 days, and she gave me a $100 gift card. I was totally surprised, but it was nice. I love her dog and was happy to do it, but I did have to adjust my life, so it was nice that she thought of me.
Post # 3
I’d take her to a nice dinner & give her a gift purchased on the honeymoon, when you get back.
Post # 4
taytay41 : can you get her a gift certificate to somewhere she likes and use it as a thank you from your pup when you get home?
Also, side note, make sure your vet will take your dog and do whatever is necessary in the event of an emergency when you’re out of town. They might need a written note and a credit card. That’s the only caveat to not being boarded professionally.
What a sweet gift from your friend! With the leftover/saved money, you could start a fund for your pup and tell your friend that.
Post # 5
BalletParker : Thank you for the input!
We’ve already discussed our depature and arrival dates with our vet. We’re lucky that our friend goes to the same vet for her dog and cat as well 🙂
A gift card sounds wonderful. She can’t say no to that. And I was thinking a dinner is what is needed as well. I just didn’t want to offend her.
Post # 6
taytay41 : I’d give her a $100 gift certificate to one of her favorite restaurants or stores. That’s a generous thank you gift but obviously nothing near what it would cost you to kennel the dog, so it’s kind of win-win.
Post # 7
Maybe bring her back a nice gift from your travels?
We had a friend stay at our house when we were gone on vacation for two weeks, his dog had just died and he had just moved back to the area and was couch surfing anyway, so it was sort of a win-win situation for everyone. We really didn’t have the money to pay $1000+ for a sitter and he didn’t have a place to stay and enjoyed the company of dogs. We ended up getting him a nice gift (i.e. not a cheap souvenir) that we found during our trip.
ETA: We also gave him a $100 grocery store gift card to buy food while he was staying out our house.
Post # 8
We had two friends watching my dog for us. We got them gifts while on our honeymoon, I also made them something and thank you cards.
Post # 9
When I watched my friend’s cat they gave me a gift card to a cinema – very unexpected (I was happy to watch the cat, I love cats) but very sweet + bottle of wine.
I don’t think you can offend your friend with a gift card/chocolate/wine – a nice token to say thank you.
Post # 10
That is really nice of her, and the fact that she wants nothing in return speak volumes about how lovely she is. Becuause she wants to do this as a wedding gift, I would let her. However, I would make sure I show her howq much it ment to you by treating her to a nice girls day out, maybe getting your nails done and dinner (or whatever else she likes doing)
Post # 11
First of all, $1,700 for a two week kennel stay??
If she is watching the dog in your house you could leave a few treats for her, a nice bottle of wine or two, some snacks etc and then I would give her a thank you card with a voucher for a nice restaurant.
Post # 12
I like the gift card idea for her favorite store or something like that. Additionally, a gift card for pizza delivery or something near your house and stocking your fridge with yummy food might be nice so she can enjoy herself while she stays with your dog.
Post # 13
I watched my friends dog for a week. He is very spoiled and does not do well at the kennel. I did not “charge” her anything of course. However she brought me a nice bottle of wine from her vacation with a Starbucks gift card attached. It was more than enough and I felt very appreciated.
Post # 14
taytay41 : My brother watches our dog & house for us when we are away & we usually pay him by stocking up the fridge & cabinets with foods/drinks/beers he likes, we put a few popular movies at the top of our netflix list for him to watch, and we usually buy him dinner/drinks when we see him before we leave & when we get back…. If I’m feeling really generous & have the time I’ll also bake him something good to snack on while we’re out (like a cake or cookies) as well as fresh ice cream…
Post # 15
First off, fill your house with snacks and maybe some Trader Joe’s TV dinners so she doesn’t need to do any dishes and tell her to help herself to whatever she wants.
And then bring her home a nice souvenir from your honeymoon that’s so her!