when doing favors for family or friends, when is it asking too much?
i'm dog-sitting for a family member. the dog is cute and tiny, barks a lot (in her crazy high-pitched yippee voice), and when she's nervous she pees on the floor. dog's family knows about these traits. and i had the option of watching her at their house, which would have been a longer commute for me, plus moving all my stuff to their house for the week. that seemed like too much work to me. now i'm starting to regret my choice to dog-sit at all.
yesterday, i was shot-gun awake by the shrieking bark dog let out when C got up to shower. that got my heart pumping. i have cleaned pee off the couch twice now (the couch is covered in towels now to prevent this). 4 times i have cleaned pee off the carpet. i have tried, countless times, to calm the growling and barking that comes with each noise the house makes, which is very often, since i live in a town-house and can hear the neighbors garage doors. i'm beginning to lose my patience with this dog. i love her and she's cute, but she's not very well behaved. this morning she stole kleenex out of the garbage can and shredded it all over the bathroom and my bedroom floor. Naughty, dog!
my dad says he wouldn't watch her, it's too much to ask. i argued: how do i not watch her? my mom agreed, she's a sucker like me - always trying to help the other guy out, even if it isn't great for me. my dad held his ground in disagreement, saying it was too much to ask of someone. one things for sure, i'm cured of wanting a dog anytime in the near future. granted, i'll be rewarded for my efforts, but i'm seriously frustrated already with 5 days left to go.
when asking a favor...what is too much?