Our expectations evolve as we become older. Children are praised for picking up basic abilities, teenagers are encouraged to pursue their hobbies and interests, and adults are expected to handle adult responsibilities. We all progress through these stages at varying rates, but as we get older, we have less patience for immature actions. This lesson was taught to a Redditor’s 24-year-old nephew over the course of Christmas. John, the nephew of the OP, returned to live with his mother after college. They are a mile or so from the OP’s home. John lost his work at a franchise restaurant and has been without a job ever since. He has been OP’s go-to dog sitter for the past 12 months.
They haven’t had any problems so far, and they pay him his rate. On Christmas, OP and her family will be gone for six days. She pays John in advance to make sure the dogs feed and go outside every few hours as they must leave their two pets at home. John promised to check on the dogs early the next day, but it’s anticipated that he won’t be able to visit on Christmas Eve. However, OP was able to view John’s failure to fulfill his pledge on her security cameras. If John couldn’t come over, she texted him to let her know so she could ask their pals to check on their pets.
John complained to his mother about the OP’s statement to him over the phone without responding to her.
John’s mother, who is also OP’s sister, confronted OP about being cruel to John while he is trying his best.
OP stated that all she needed was for John to communicate with her when he couldn’t be with the dogs so she could make other plans.
Because it snowed and John was afraid to stay at OP’s house alone, he didn’t pet-sit for the full six days. The OP will no longer use him going forward and will choose another provider.
Here, the welfare of her dogs is at stake, and the owner is not receiving her money’s worth from her unreliable nephew.
OP stated that finding a sitter for her enormous dog is difficult because he is wary of strangers, but she will ask her veterinarian if they know of any seasoned carers.
OP received multiple referrals from other dog owners who hired their pet sitters from trustworthy fosters.
They might also consider leaving their dogs with one of those pet hotels overnight.
As long as OP is honest about any problems her dogs may have, Rover is her greatest option for locating dependable, knowledgeable, and experienced dog sitters.
He was aware that he had made a mistake, but instead of taking responsibility for it, he sobbed to his mother about his cruel aunt. It’s cathartic to complain to your parents about your awful job, but this isn’t the situation at all.
He is a 24-year-old man who can handle the demands of spending less than a week taking care of his aunt’s two aging pets. Finding a more capable sitter will benefit OP and her dogs.