It would be silly to have this dog to stay, wouldn't it?

(4 Posts)
LynetteScavo Mon 18-Aug-14 23:14:46

DS's has come home from his friends house asking if we can look after their dog while they are on holiday.

DS, who isn't a dog person at all seems quite fond of this dog, although DH and I don't "know" it....have seen it when collecting DS, but that's all.

I haven't said no. But I've given it some thought, and you can't just have a strange dog come to stay, can you? What if the dog is freaked out by staying with strangers?

The dog comes from a similar home to ours...DC (my youngest is 9yo), and cats, etc.

Tell my why this is a bad idea.

PivotPIVOT Tue 19-Aug-14 00:01:39

Are you sure they actually want you to have the dog? Have the parents asked you? If yes then I would recommend dogsitting a few times first to get to know the dog.

You don't sound as if you particularly like the idea though. I think it would be understandable to say no if you're nervous about it.

What kind of dog is it? If it's old or lazy and fairly small I'd be more inclined to say yes than if it was a great big bouncy thing (like my lab!)

pigsDOfly Tue 19-Aug-14 00:59:59

Well if you've got cats I'd be very wary of bringing a strange dog into the house even if the dog is used to cats. So yes I think it's a bad idea.

My dog grew up with my two cats, both of whom are no longer with us sadly, and although she got along fine with both of them - having quite a loving relationship with one - she seem to be terrified of other cats and will growl and lunge at them. I'd never take her to a house where there are cats or bring another cat into my house.

Of course it is possible that DS's friend told him that they were going on holiday and DS has just taken it on himself to ask if you can have the dog to stay. It's possible the dog is already booked into kennels and you might be worrying about nothing.

LynetteScavo Tue 19-Aug-14 10:21:16

I've spent the last 5 years trying to convince DH to let us have a dog. But now the idea of actually having a dog, the poo, the responsibility is a reality, I don't even want it for a short time! grin I actually want a baby, not a dog So I've decided we will decline.

The parents definitely asked DS to ask us if we would like to look after the dog. I might ask if DS2 can take it for a walk with them sometime, as he really, really, really wants a dog.

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