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November 2nd, 2006
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Windycon is looking unlikely.  Help?
My best hope for dog care over Windycon has failed.  My neighbor with the kennel is full for the weekend, and won't consider taking care of the dogs at my house.  And she told me to go jump in a lake in such a bright perky way that I begin to wonder if she ever thought I was anything but pond scum.

If I don't find someone I can rely on to come to my house four times over the weekend, I can't go.  I have not missed a Windycon since I started going to conventions in 1978.  Right now this has me really upset.  Next week it will probably have me really depressed.

If you know someone who'd be willing to do this, please have them get in touch.  I'm looking for someone I can pay a reasonable, or even moderately unreasonable, amount of money for it.  I don't want to beg a favor from a friend, but if a friend or a combination of friends are willing to do it, I will be grateful.  However, leaning on friends is clearly not a long-term solution; this will keep coming up, at least as long as Windy hangs on, every time I want to be away from my house for more than 12 hours.  I will be asking vets if they can recommend anyone, but in the past they haven't been any help.

Please, somebody, help me find a pet sitter.

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From:pir_anha
Date:November 3rd, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)

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unfortunately i can't help, but have you thought of calling the humane society and asking whether one of their volunteers would house-sit for you? i presume you have checked the phone book under pet sitters? how about advertising on craigslist, though this is a bit late, but hey? any pet stores in the area? pet sitters often advertise there. feed stores?

i also wouldn't jump to conclusions about your neighbour -- because really, an emergency on your part does not constitute one for her, and that's her right, you know? and that doesn't mean she thinks you're pond scum. she might just be busy enough that she doesn't want to add to her load.

anything useful here?
From:starstraf
Date:November 3rd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
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The local fall convention here has always been in a dog friendly convention until this year - sigh - luckally we found an option for teddy - but what a pain. I hope you find something
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From:chaoticgoodchic
Date:November 3rd, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Hey cutie, there IS an alternative.

I live 10 minutes from the Windycon hotel. You can bring your dog(s) here and you can care for it (them) yourself. We can keep him(them) in my kitchen. I'll be rooming with Jan at the CON, so I won't be home.

I'd hate for you to miss Windy.

Hugs,
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 3rd, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I can transport the dogs in the car, but they take up the whole car except the front passenger seat. Since I'm giving birder2 a ride, we would together be limited to the luggage that could fit in the glove box. And Windy hates riding in the car, while Meg can't seem to figure out that she doesn't need to stand up for the whole trip, and standing up she blocks my rear-view mirror. So thanks for the offer, but it so wouldn't work.

Fortunately, I have found a pet sitter that I think will be able to handle it. A little expensive (well, actually a lot expensive; dog care will be almost as much as the hotel room for the weekend) -- but I can afford it more than I can afford the stress of trying to beg my friends into covering it or missing Windycon if they wouldn't.
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