Ugh, so I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I've dog sat a few times for my girlfriends Aunt over the past year. They pay me well, maybe two well, but I feel like I'm always left in less then ideal circumstances.
1. The left me for one month last December with a 3 month old puppy who had giardia. This dog was crapping up a storm for 3 out of the 4 weeks. I also had to take him to the vet and buy him special food while they were gone (I was reimbursed obviously). Not to mention the intense medication, bleaching and cleaning regiment. Then I found out from the daughter the dog had it for a month because they don't keep up with cleaning, medication, etc.
2. They constantly have packages coming to the house and I'm never their to get them. This means I have to drive all over to the post office, FedEx, or UPS to pick up the packages. I have two jobs and go to school full time, I don't have all the time in the world to run around and pick up their packages. Then they want me to open the packages and inventory them and e-mail them a list.
3. Last time their boiler ran out of oil! This means I had to arrange time for the boiler people to come and fill the oil tank and restart the boiler. Then two days later the boiler crapped out because of a clogged pipe. That was two days I had to take half days of work.
Now this time they are asking me to arrange a time for the boiler guy to come and service the boiler. I wouldn't care if it was my day off but they want me to take off of work for him to come!!
I get it, stuff happens. Some things you have no control over. But why not service your boiler before you leave? Why not take care of your dogs illness before you go away? Why are you ordering stuff before you go away? It's hard to say no when your doing it for family. It's also hard for me to say no when she is paying me $50 a day.
Am I over reacting? Would you expect your pet/house sitter to be doing the same? Should I suck it up or put my foot down?