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    10-09-2012, 08:55 PM
House/Pet Sitting

I've recently been asked to house and pet sit for 2 weeks for a very nice lady with 3 horses and 4 dogs. It would be a live in situation where I would be responsible for all feeding and care as well as house upkeep...only problem is I have no idea what's fair to charge! Everywhere I'm looking gives quotes of $25-ish per night to watch 1-2 dogs...

What do you guys think? 3 of the dogs are under 5lbs and seem fairly easy to care for other than energy (jack russel and 2 chihuahuas) and the 4th dog is an older border collie with some health issues. The horses are super simple - feed and water, fence is sturdy, not much extra care required other than feeding the older gelding a grain ration every day. I live about 30 minutes away from this farm and work is 10 mins from MY house so it IS kinda out of the way. Adds quite a bit of travel to get to MY barn to ride as well, but it's only for a couple weeks.

So, let me know what you figure would be fair cost! Open to suggestion, the lady hasn't discussed payment yet but I'm not sure what's fair. Thanks!!!
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    10-09-2012, 09:23 PM
Green Broke
No idea - every time I've done this it's been more as a favor for a friend, co-worker, etc and I've just gone into it intending to do it for the fun of doing it (yes, I am one of those sick/sad people who finds it fun, lol). I've always ended up being compensated by them, but have taken whatever they feel as fair as a nice extra.
At the very least, you need to consider what your expenses are going to be due to the increased travel to/from work, etc - then build from there I suppose.

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