Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:41
Most recently my friend and I were asked to dog and house sit for four weeks. Having done both in the past, it was not a particularly daunting task, especially since there were two of us! The first week went well, home at approximately 5:30pm, let the puppy dog out for any activity she may have needed to do (alas, given the low fences, and her keen desire to jump, days were spent inside).. then once I was ready and the weather had cooled, take le dog for a long hour walk. Actually, we think the dog may have lost weight as she was walked twice daily (an average of two evening walks), plus daily ball throw and catch sessions!
Anyhow, much to my surprise, it seems we were having our sitting duties critiqued by some ‘observant’ acquaintances.. there was growing concern that the dog wasn’t being walked soon or frequently enough (and a thinly veiled suggestion we should walk her at lunch).. this had to happen or the dog would be taken away and the owners notified. Interestingly, the puppy dog in question (not actually a puppy, but a very obedient and cute Labrador cross), was bounding around very happy while I was defending our abilities to dog sit.
I did question how this info had been ascertained; it seems a few drive bys had been had?!
The purpose of this story is to show photos from Urbis magazine, snapped while I was processing the very entertaining/ridiculous method in which we were told of apparent widespread community concerns. Needless to say, we didn’t hear anything more of the ‘situation’… so we must have improved our sitting techniques?!!