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to expect her to pay the full amount?

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ameliarose78 Fri 08-Apr-16 09:08:30

About a year ago I met Z through a dog club, we have the same type of dog and we met up a few times.

Z has a mental illness and as such doesn't work and relies on a pension, her DP works full time - no DC.

She put a post on FB asking if anyone could mind her dog for 2 weeks while her and dp went on holiday - I said I could, she offered to pay me but I said there was no need.

During said dog's stay at my house, she jumped onto my bedside draws from my bed and ate a piece of dark chocolate. As she is a very small dog this was a toxic level and I had to bring her to the vet for emergency treatment - total bill was 300 quid.

I asked her owner to pay me back for this. This was roughly 6 weeks ago and as yet I haven't seen any money - just saying how hard it is for them, how they can't afford it and promising to have paid it numerous times and have had it 'bounce back'.

So AIBU to ask her to pay the full sum and should I go round to her house and ask her for it?

wannabehippyandcrazycatlover Fri 08-Apr-16 09:10:11

Do they have insurance? If so, thy should be able to claim this money back anyway.

VioletTea Fri 08-Apr-16 09:11:13

Was the dog not insured ?

calzone Fri 08-Apr-16 09:11:46

Surely the dog was in your possession so it's is your responsibility.......

passtheharibo Fri 08-Apr-16 09:12:13

Yes! You should have made sure the dog didn't get the chance to eat chocolate! It happened on your watch, you suck it up.

DisneyMillie Fri 08-Apr-16 09:12:55

I think it's a bit unreasonable really - surely if you were taking care of the dog and allowed it to get hurt it's your fault / bill.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:01

I'm not sure. You had a duty to look after the dog. You should have made sure it couldn't get to chocolate- you're at least partly to blame.

Princesspeach1980 Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:04

Tricky as the dog ate the chocolate on your watch, so maybe she thinks you're responsible? Has she spoken to you about it at all? I would pay if it was my dog though, small dogs are like toddlers and reach all the stuff you thought you had hidden away.

educatingarti Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:14

Well, you shouldn't really have left chocolate out in a place where the dog could get it so easily, so it could really be seen to be partly your fault, but then again you looked after the dog for free. I'd say they probably just haven't got the money, especially if they have just paid for a holiday. Could you ask them to pay in £50 instalments? And maybe just ask for £200 or £250 as it was your fault.

Dvallin Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:16

The dog ate the chocolate whilst in your care. It could have died.

I think you have a nerve asking for any money at all.

NeedsAsockamnesty Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:38

The dog was under your supervision, total in your care and your own house.

It was not in the care of the owner in any way.

This was not as a result of an existing health complaint.

You looked after her dog allowed it to eat poisen and then expect her to pay the bill.


SaucyJack Fri 08-Apr-16 09:13:45

Why was the chocolate left lying out?

TBH I think you should bear at least some of the costs of the vet's bill at the incident happened due to your lack of diligence.

Not flaming, just stating. Sorry.

mrschatty Fri 08-Apr-16 09:14:25

She left her dog with you. You were responsible. Hence the responsibility lies with you!! As a dog owner yourself surely you should have been more careful?

HackAttack Fri 08-Apr-16 09:15:20

It was your responsibility, she shouldn't pay you

Talcott2007 Fri 08-Apr-16 09:15:38

I'd expect to be paid back - but if they are struggling to come up with the £300 all at once I'd discuss a monthly repayment based on what they can afford?

MartinaJ Fri 08-Apr-16 09:17:04

She left the dog with you. The dog was your responsibility. You made the chocolate accessible for the dog. You have to pay the bill.

calzone Fri 08-Apr-16 09:17:27

Id be too mortified that I had nearly killed her dog! I wouldn't dream of asking for money.......

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 08-Apr-16 09:17:59

I can't believe you asked her for a penny. You hurt her dog and you want her to pay for that?!

Paying the vet bill is the least you should do. If you had looked after the dog properly like you offered to do you could have saved yourself the £300 but you didn't. So that's your tough luck.

WordGetsAround Fri 08-Apr-16 09:18:35

I think you are being very cheeky asking for her to cover a cost that you caused! You should not have asked her for the money.

KoalaDownUnder Fri 08-Apr-16 09:19:11

Huh. Mumsnet really surprises me sometimes.

If someone was kind enough to look after my dog for free, and then had to organise and pay for emergency vet treatment because my dog stole food, damn right I'd pay them back in full.

The OP didn't feed the dog chocolate deliberately. She was careless at worst.

And I say that as a dog owner and lover.

NeedACleverNN Fri 08-Apr-16 09:19:16

Yup your fault.

You let the dog go upstairs and therefore have access to the chocolate.

An accident im sure but you should have dog proofed

PaulAnkaTheDog Fri 08-Apr-16 09:20:10

The dog was in your care! You left chocolate somewhere easily accessible. Why on earth should she pay?! Yeah, she should have insurance for it but if she doesn't it's something you should have checked before offering to look after it for free.

RNBrie Fri 08-Apr-16 09:20:29

There's no way I'd ask her for money. It was your responsibility not to leave a fatal amount of chocolate where a dog could get it.

CurlyhairedAssassin Fri 08-Apr-16 09:20:43

Why did you let it upstairs, never mind into your bedroom. And as for the chocolate - the dog shouldn't have been allowed/able to get it. Very easy to avoid if it's a small dog - put it on a high shelf (the chocolate, not the dog ha ha!)

KoalaDownUnder Fri 08-Apr-16 09:20:45

That said, I think not having pet insurance is irresponsible.

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