What Pisses Me Off: Dog sitting 77

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Recently while dog sitting for my youngest son, I was subjected to a lot of cuddles and licks and I must say it was so nice when we got home everyday to see her tiny tail wagging like it was on crack. I had forgotten what a joy a dog can be, only problem was I couldn’t leave her inside when we went out because she is not house trained, and I was worried she would have a pee party on the furniture.

My only concern with the yard was the side gate so I blocked it with a couple of layers of paving bricks, and filled 2 buckets of water and put them in front of the bricks. I was confident it was escape proof besides, why would she run she was getting treated like royalty? The rest of the yard was secure and she had a big kennel full of blankets so I was confident she was happy and safe.

All was going really well until one day when we got home there was no waggy tail, no little furball jumping with delight to see us for some reason the little bitch got through my barricades and dug a gigantic tunnel under the side gate. I was so angry and upset but also very impressed with the little mongrel’s digging skills.


I was running round the neighbourhood like a headless chook. I am looking after their dog and I lost it…OMG. The grandkids will hate me. Then I thought maybe somebody picked her up and took her to the vet, so we went up there and yes they had her but because she had no collar and her microchip was out of date they sent her to the pound. I didn’t even know she had a microchip. “I said she must have pulled her collar off on the gate when she was digging her way to freakin’ China, I am looking after her and you sent her to The Big House, she will never survive”. I rang the Pound but naturally I was too late: they were already closed for the day and she had to stay overnight.

I didn’t sleep much that night, worrying if the damn dog was going to survive without her jumper and thermal blankets. I knew she would be terrified and after emptying the remains of my bank account and offering to sell one of my kidneys on the black market, they said I could have her back.

They brought a very sorry looking Blitzen out to us. Her back was bent up and her tail was tucked up that tight I was worried she was going to give herself an enema! When we got home she ran straight to her kennel and did not come out for a couple of hours and she has been super quiet ever since but I was no longer prepared to leave her in the yard while we were gone. I wasn’t going to take any chances with the little mongrel, I started locking her in the laundry because if she ran again and survived long enough to get to the Pound, I would have to sell myself to get her back and at my age that would take forever.


With one morning to go she choked on one a bit of a Schmacko. I thought, “Here we go, she survives a stint in the The Big House, I get her back and now 24 hours before she goes home she is going choke to death on a Schmacko. I was patting her on the back trying to encourage her to cough it up. She managed to clear it at pretty much the same time she peed on my shoe.

I handed her back today. My son has no idea what a relief it was to say goodbye to the little mongrel – dog sitting pisses me off!

Have you ever had to babysit a dog or cat for a friend or family member? Was it memorable for all the wrong reasons?

Christine Massey

I am a 61-year-old dysfunctional child of a problem mother. I tend to look at the world with the philosophy "Laugh hard, you could be dead tomorrow!"

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  2. I love dog sitting …… Such unconditional love …. And a fun way to help the dogs humans out !!! Love it

  3. my parents minded my dog and they went around the neighbourhood and stole, wait for it, milk cartons from the front doors, so funny except for mum and dad

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  4. About seven weeks ago a person who works with me knocked on my door on friday afternoon and asked if i could mind her dog for the weekend i said yes and seven weeks later still here ..she never talks about the dog to me so do i now have a dog or what.

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  5. Good story it can be hard I have minded some over the years and had a few worries you feel something bad will happen on your watch!

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    • I minded my son’s dog and he’s a lovely fellow but my dog made it hard for him and was really nasty. I night I put the visiting dog out on the patio and there were fireworks. I live in a high set house. He went frantic and managed to get through the space under the rails and when I went out no dog. I thought I would see a dog with broken back on lawn, I went out the front just in case and there was a nuzzling around my heels. I picked him up and just hugged and kissed him. He was always Chad the wonder dog but now he’s Chad the super dog. I aged ten years that night.

  6. We had a dog with us for nearly twelve months and it got hit by a train. Hardy soul despite the on lookers explaining the distance Blackie was flung and his impending death while he lay there out to the world, he survived and was handed back to his owners with a cracked bone in his hip and extensive bruising two weeks later.

  7. I never leave my dog with anyone. If I am goung away I budget for her kennel costs. I have found a great kennel where she is well cared for and is always clean and healthy and happy when I pick her up.

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    • Good on you. I do the same for my cats. They are clean and healthy when I pick them up too, but grumpy as hell!

    • Julie Booth
      I hear you. Zoe takes two or three days and a lot of smackos before she talks to me again. LOL

    • Our 3 greyhounds go to lovely kennels, means have to budget but worth peace of mind .

    • I too board my 2 dogs when we go away. They are a handful so boarding is the only option. We are thinking of trialing them by taking them with us to pet friendly accommodation but they say they welcome ‘well behaved’ dogs’. Maybe they would behave in a different environment – only way to find out is to take them I guess. We may be blacklisted though. Having said this they love the kennels they go to – cant wait to get there. But it works out quite expensive with one large and one small dog.

    • Jeanette Southam
      I hear you. I have a Zoe Kennels Jar. I work out how much it’s going to cost me to board her then put money in the jar each week. A few dollars each week is so much easier than trying to find an extra few hundred at holiday time.

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