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My neighbors went on vacation and all I got was this... uh...

Have you ever pet-sat for a friend or neighbor? Did they give you something in return? I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything, but when we go on vacation and our neighbors look after our mail, we bring them back a token of appreciation.

I looked after our neighbors' cats for a week this summer while they were on vacation. I fed them twice a day, petted and brushed them, cleaned the litterbox, let them in and out of the house and gave them medication. I never would have thought of being monetarily compensated (although I wouldn't have said no), but I did hope they might thank me in some way.

They came home and called my house.

"Would you like me to bring your key over?" I asked.
"That's alright - you can hold onto it in case we ever get locked out." And that was that.

They called again last week.

"Do you still have the key to our house?"
"Yes, do you need it back?"
"No, I just wondered if you could feed the cats again this weekend."

I'm doing it again, because I'm a nice person and kitties need feeding. Meh. Maybe they'll surprise me.

srah - Saturday, 29 November 2003 - 9:48 AM

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Comments (9)

gravatar Urs - November 29, 2003 - 10:32 AM -

What a bunch of bitches!

gravatar tbone - November 29, 2003 - 11:30 AM -

hey srah,
will you come over and petsit for me....

gravatar srah - November 29, 2003 - 11:31 AM -

You would only abuse my good nature. :(

gravatar Mr B------ - November 29, 2003 - 3:24 PM -

That seems like it would be hard to do.

gravatar srah - November 29, 2003 - 5:29 PM -


gravatar rockinronnie - November 29, 2003 - 8:59 PM -

we appreciate you...:)

gravatar Vanessa, London, UK - November 30, 2003 - 7:34 PM -

Seems like you need to 'lose' the key.

gravatar Cheryl - December 1, 2003 - 1:16 PM -

Really, who doesn't at least offer?

gravatar Laura - December 1, 2003 - 8:45 PM -

If I were you I would not do it again--clearly they're clueless that a caring person who is keeping their kitties alive (medication) much less cleaning the litter box (blue ribbon for that) deserves so much as a tchotchke. Nope: lose the key and "I'm sorry, I'm busy" next time...just my 2 cents

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