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Old 06-20-2007, 05:21 PM
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This time of the year, the wife and I do overnighters on the boat out near the barrier islands. We know a few responsible college students that we pay to stay at our house to feed the dog, play with her some, and make sure she is let out in the evening and morning to do her business. I try to pay them well, even though they are usually glad to do it and we let them use our house like it is thier own (as long as they don't trash it or invite tons of people over we're cool with it). What would you guys consider a fair payment.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:03 PM
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We use a pet sitting service. They make two visits a day, turn lights on and off, check the doors and windows, pick up the mail, feed and play with Elmo, Sam and Barncat. They are insured and bonded. Their fee is $25 a visit.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:25 PM
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10 years ago I paid 35 per day. Stop at the house, let the dog out, walk him, and feed him 2X a day. We came home from a weekend and found poop X2 in an unused room. This dog NEVER pulled that crap unless he was sick. These were not "sick" poops.

That ended that.

The dog goes with us or we don't go. It's easier that way.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:29 PM
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twentynine sounds about right in our area too.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:56 PM
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We hire teenagers from the neighborhood and pay $10 per day per dog (x3) and supply food, drinks and movies for the weekend.
I guess we have it really good because the are always happy to oblige.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:00 PM
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We hire teenagers from the neighborhood and pay $10 per day per dog (x3) and supply food, drinks and movies for the weekend.
I guess we have it really good because the are always happy to oblige.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:30 AM
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I use one of the same girls that does our house cleaning so she is a trusted source and she comes twice a day for just Gizmo now and we pay her 15.00 per visit....... Well worth it.....
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:48 AM
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neighborhood kid charges $10 per day which includes 3 walks and some extended "play" time. She'll also give the dog a bath for $5. I'll also tip well.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:03 AM
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my fiancee pet-sits on the side in order to supplement her low paying vet-tech job. I don't know exactly what she charges, but I want to say that it is around 30 or 40 a day IF she is staying at the person's house. It will be less when she just has to stop over a few times a day to feed, walk, etc...
Most people down here are more than willing to pay her prices, judged purely on the fact that she gets multiple offers nearly every day.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:09 AM
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I'm a wimp, I suppose......we take Bandit to the "doggie spa" (okay - it's a kennel, but what does HE know? ) He gets fed, can go inside and outside of his kennel pen at will, is allowed to run in the yard once a day (I think it is) and it's got h&a/c. Cost is $15/day. Worth the peace of mind knowin' that he's taken care of and no one else is dinkin' around my house.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:31 AM
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I'm with Farmer Jane, we normally take our puppy to the kennel. He likes lots of attention and they supposedly walk him five times a day for $12/day. I would imagine 20-30 bucks per day would be reasonable for in house, and maybe a tip at the end.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:45 AM
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We usually fill up my sister in laws gas tank when she does it for us for the weekend. But, she also has a dog that loves to play w/ ours, so it kinda works out for all involved.

My best friends parents had one of their neighborhood highschool girls do it one weekend. (Actually, this girl was also an acolyte at their church). Amazingly, when they got home from their vacation, the Mercedes was wrecked, but parked back in the garage. Also, the liquor cabinet was raided. She eventually confessed, but they'll never trust her again.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:23 AM
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Kennels and dog boarding places are ok if your dog is ‘fixed’. But if your critter is able to reproduce they cannot be put in with other dogs.

We leave our dog with family members or friends. Pretty much everyone fights over who gets to have him. No kidding.

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Old 06-21-2007, 11:32 AM
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Same goes with my rat terrier. When my wife and I want or need to go out of town without him other family memeber line up to take him while we're gone. He's an entertaining little dude.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:34 AM
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We board as well, but pay $20/day.

I was in high school & college once, knowing how I was then I don't want todays teenagers having free rein over my domain.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:13 PM
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I board them. Cost $ 20.00 per dog per day at the "resort", and its a nice set-up, with indoor/outdoor access 24/7, and a bunch of women that seem to love animals running the place. They have my emergency vets number also. I aggree with others...peace of mind first and foremost, and no young'uns hanging out at my place, drinking my beer, getting my dirty movie library all out of order...
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:39 PM
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If it's just 1 or 2 nights we have a good friend that checks on and feeds the 2 dogs and 2 cats. If we're going to be gone more than a few days we board the dogs with our vet and our friend takes care of the cats. The good news is that the cats can be left to their own devices for a few days at a time.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:52 PM
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Check with your vet. We have a vet tech that comes over a few times a day if the dogs aren't coming with us. I think it's around $15/visit.
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:13 PM
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I must be a mooch. I always ask one of the neighbors to stop by each morning and afternoon. No request has ever been made for pay. Of course I have also been the one doing the checking for their pets, mail, switching lights, etc.
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:21 PM
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We board our pup at the vet who we are very comfortable with. We pay $20/day for a 65lb. lab/shepherd mutt. She loves it there. She has some issues with strangers so we don't go the sitter route, too risky. What's cool is she loves it there.
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