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Taking Care Of Other People’s Dogs

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Taking Care Of Other People’s Dogs

By Noah Garfinkel, Networx

While I do not own a dog myself, I do, from time to time, take care of my best friendís dog. And, I donít mean to brag or anything, but I am really great at it.

The dog and I communicate with great efficiency. While there were a few kinks to work out at first, we have come to an understanding that I will do my best to not forget to take treats with me when I bring her out to do her business (meeting with clients and visiting suppliers. Just kidding. Weíre talking about pee and the other thing).

And, in return for that, she tries her very best not to BARK RIGHT IN MY FACE when she gets a little bored.† Our arrangement is mutually beneficial, and we very much enjoy each otherís company. We are also both huge fans of me replacing the lyrics to John Denverís “Country Roads” with the words, ďYouíre a dog.Ē

The first time I took care of another personís dog, however, I was not quite as adept. The dog, a very friendly Boston terrier named Jones, belonged to my roommate at the time. My roommate was leaving town for a week, and I offered to take care of Jones so she wouldnít have toÖ put him up in a motel? As I said, Iíve never had a dog; I have no idea what the other options are. Either way, she left Jones with me. She and I both just assumed I knew how to take care of a dog. We were both wrong.

Iím pretty sure that I let too much time pass before I took Jones out on our first day alone. As soon as we got out to the concrete stoop, he put his front legs on the second step, leaving his hind legs on the top step. Then, standing at that awkward angle, he preceded to pee directly onto the bottom of his own neck. It was horrifying. It was, however, not as horrifying as if he had not made it out to the steps at all. At least we didn’t have to foot the bill for an NYC flooring contractor to come and replace peed-on floor boards.

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4:15AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:01PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012


11:28AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thanks...would love to dog sit but don't have any friends who own one.

3:49PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012


1:20AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

I think dogs are wonderful and I couldn't think of a more rewarding pet to own. However, I feel so sorry for dogs owned by irresponsible people who walk them without a leash and don't feed them or take them out for walks at regular hours. (Never mind the poor dog and his bladder!)

Where I live at present we are not allowed pets and these people also regard all wildlife as pests ... so hate squirrels, racoons, etc. It must be strange to live without love of pets...

9:15PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Thanks for this. Helping at the animal shelter there are too many funny situations to even mention. The biggest challenge appears to be a team of sled dogs who are not used to being indoors, and are just now learning bathroom etiquette.

9:05PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

I laughed so hard at the bit about his 'first time out' on the first dog-sitting visit.
I fostered a young dog that had way more 'water pressure' than the length of his body and quite regularly sprayed his front legs a bit during the very first outing of the day!

And the other CRITICAL bit is not to let a new-to-you dog off-leash!

Helping to care for dogs can incredibly fun with the right knowledge about each dog -

2:07PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

thanks for this wonderful info!!!!

11:22AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Love walking and looking after my friends German Shepherd but it does take time to develop a relationship and understand each other.

6:37AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

very good!! thanks for the info

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