Hey all. I'm hoping to get some advice...
My brother, mother, and I are going to be in Mexico for a week at the end of this month.
Our dog, Madison, is an OLD lady. She'll be 17 years old on Valentine's Day.
A friend stepped up and has all but insisted we bring Maddie to stay with him for the week. We jumped on the offer because we refuse to board her and were uncomfortable with the idea of a stranger watching her. John (the friend) is a responsible 30 year old guy who absolutely LOVES animals. I know he'll be perfect to care for her while we're away.
So here's the breakdown:
Madison needs to go out quite often, and even then we can't avoid all accidents. (John might have better luck. He has a smaller home than ours and his roommate moved out of the finished basement. It's all carpet, which is good for Maddie, and there isn't a lot of furniture so she can't get stuck behind anything.) She doesn't need or want long walks at her age, so they aren't time-consuming trips outside, but they are fairly frequent.
However, it won't disrupt John's life too much. He's at home all day right now because he is on disability due to some medical issues. So it's not really cramping his style.
Also, as Maddie is so old, she won't be hyper or running around or jumping on people or furniture. She doesn't bark at anything and she won't chase John's cat. She's not really a bother at all, it's just kind of a pain in the rear to have to take her outside so often.
John REALLY wants to do this for us because he's just a fundamentally good guy, so I know he doesn't feel put out. But the question is - how much do we PAY him?
He has attempted to refuse payment, but we're insisting.
I see online that local overnight petsitting services appear to charge a flat rate of about $75 a night. I KNOW John will shoot down an offer of over $500 for this, no question. It seems a little excessive anyway (and don't you pay those people to come to YOU and stay in your house anyway?)
What would you pay a friend to watch your old-lady dog for a week?