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#1 just roses

Posted 24 August 2019 - 12:41 PM

If you were to look after someone's dog for a year, while they were overseas, how much would you think is a reasonable amount to be compensated?

I've got a year to sort this out and it's the one part of our travel plans that makes me feel really anxious.

Our dog will hopefully be able to stay with my parents, and if so, I would order and pay for all food, six weeks of boarding fees (so they can still go away on holidays as usual) and pet insurance. Obviously, we'll cover any and all vet bills too.

But if that doesn't work out, I'm not sure what the best option would be. Ours is a very loveable and low maintenance whippet, but he needs to be inside. So I guess the ideal would be to have him with a fellow whippet or greyhound family.

The other option is to keep him in the house and try to find a housesitter/dogsitter for a year. But I don't know what our chances would be to find a housesitter who we could be sure would love the dog.

Has anyone done this?

#2 blimkybill

Posted 24 August 2019 - 01:17 PM

I haven't had to do it myself, but i am confident that there would be options for you where you didn't have to actually pay someone.

One option is to look for someone who will have the dog in their home and not want payment, just the cost of food and vet bills. On our local facebook dog rehoming page, this kind of request comes up reasonably often, and people seem to usually find someone.

Second option is a housesitter. For a year, you would absolutely find someone happy to live in your house, care for your dog, and not need payment. The housesitting sites such as aussiehousesitters.com.au (and others) are the way to find people. People come with references, you can contact the places they have previously stayed. It just depends if you want someone living in your house. And of course there's a chance of it going wrong if the person needs to leave part way through. But free accommodation is very appealing so chances are there would be a lot of interest. I have often used house sitters but only for a few weeks at a time.

You may also be able to find a housesitter via personal connections, eg a young person or young couple who would greatly appreciate the chance to save rent money.

also... where are you located? I might seriously be interested in hosting your doggie. I am thinking of becoming a whippet owner in a few years...

#3 just roses

Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:08 PM

Thanks Blinkybill, some good options to consider. I’ll have a look at the house sitting site. Also, I’m in SE Qld if you are keen on hanging out for a year with the best dog ever!

#4 MerryMadrigalMadge

Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

A friend of mine got a 1 year housesitting through this company, while he was renovating his house.

Win-win - no rent for him, dog cared for in own home for the dog owners.


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