Friend Dogsitting– Payment?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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taytay41 :  because she’s very clear that it’s a wedding gift, I would send her a thank you card, as that’s what you would do to other people who give you a wedding gift. You don’t give a gift to say thank you to someone who gives you a gift, do you?

I’m a musician who has played at countless weddings as a gift. The only time I was confused was when the bride, my friend, paid me. Because she told me she would pay me ahead of time, I got her a gift. Then someone at the wedding told me I was supposed to give the pay back as the gift. Ugh.

It’s a wedding gift, accept it, say thank you graciously, send her a card. Be glad you have such a nice friend. 

Post # 18
1398 posts
Bumble bee

I had a friend watch my 2 dogs for 3 nights.  I left $100 cash for her in with the dog supplies.  

Post # 19
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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taytay41 :  Some of our friends did a similar thing for us. I took them out for dinner and purchased them a nice gift while on vacation, along with a heartfelt card. 

Post # 20
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

For reference, when I book a dog sitter off of I pay $25 a day, and tip them an extra day… The lady that I book lets my pomeranian sleep in her bed with her… 

$1700 for 2 weeks is outrageous to me. But a gift is a gift… Maybe send her with a bottle of wine, gift card for dinner, and all of the pet supplies

Post # 21
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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TxIslandGirl : I was just gonna say the same thing!! I Work from home and occasionally dogsit thrhough, and I’d need to watch four dogs for two weeks for that kind of money!! 

Anyway OP, I think that taking your friend out to dinner and maybe bringing her back a small gift (and possibly something for her dog as well.) would be more than enough. 

Post # 21
1591 posts
Bumble bee

I would compare it to what you would have to pay a dogsitter on rover, not a kennel. 

Post # 22
1533 posts
Bumble bee

bring something nice from your honeymoon. 

Post # 24
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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taytay41 :  We has friends watch out dog while we were on our honeymoon. We got them a gift from our travels and took them out for a nice dinner. That was their ‘payment’. They seemed really happy with it, and happy to have our dog for 10 days. 

Post # 25
9391 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

a friend/coworker of mine watched our dog when we were having issues finding a sitter through

we felt it’d be strange to negotiate cost or even to give him a check/cash, so instead we went to home depot and got him a $200 gift card.  (That was how much the sitters we were looking at through rover were charging for the job)

In the case of your friend, a thoughtful gift may be more appropriate, since a gift card is essentially cash (dunno why it made me feel better though hahaha).

Post # 26
5013 posts
Bee Keeper

I like the small basket of treats for her as well.  And then my go-to gift for people giving me a substantial gift/favor that saves me considerable money is a gift certificate for a more upscale restaurant they might not otherwise treat themselves to – such as the new french place that opened up and is getting rave reviews or the fancy steakhouse where they’ve never heard of a bloomin’ onion and make sure it’s enough for two to order an app, two entrees, two desserts, and a bottle of wine (so somewhere in the $200-250ish range).

If I otherwise knew they had a hobby or something else going on the same amount in a gift certificate might work as well, but I generally gravitate to the special occasion type restaurant.


Post # 27
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I always bring back something nice to anyone who cares for my pets when I am away.  Even if they just stop by to feed the cat for a weekend.   When my SIL stayed at our house to care for my 2 dogs and cat, we brought her a gift and also paid her like $50/day.  It costs way more than that to use the kennel we like for all my pets, so I feel like its still a deal.  And I want her to be eager to say yes in the future.  If she refused the money, I would probably get her a gift card or take her out to dinner a few times.

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