I would like to raise a question about the responsibilities of a house sitter. Along these lines, I have compiled a list of activities a person caring for somebody’s house might expect to shoulder, as well as my analysis of the request’s reasonableness.
- Watering plants: naturally a reasonable request. Checking the mail and taking in the newspaper: come with the territory.
- Feeding and walking a dog: acceptable with foreknowledge of these expectations.
- Feeding a fish: is this even a chore? It takes no more than 30 seconds per visit.
- Petting the boa constrictor to keep it from feeling lonely: dependent on pay scale.
- Answering the phone when it rings: unlikely to be asked to do this, actually, because it’s so unreasonable.
- Watering and feeding a 3”-long Australian bug: reasonable if caretaker expects it.
- Providing hospice care for a cat dying of kidney failure: above and beyond the call of duty?(As a side question, why has somebody made a special site devoted to feline renal failure?) This would entail thrice-weekly vet visits for “kitty dialysis” as well as an unspecified number of daily mouth drops.
Having committed to “house-sit,” does that also include caring for the family’s dying, 15-year-old cat? I concede her sweetness, the fact that I’ve known her for as long as I can remember, and that her mistress is an old family friend of ours. But honestly – honestly – would you commit to driving a cat who may or may not willingly get into its cat carrier to a vet not once but three times? Not quite plopping dog food into a bowl twice a day and dragging a hose out to water a few dying plants, is it?
Ridiculous Math Question of the Day:
Regarding the quadratic formula, a student repeatedly attempted to subtract 4 from b^2 before multiplying 4 by a and c. How can you more clearly explain that doesn’t work because 2^2 – 4*3*-1 = 16, while 3*-1 = -3, and 16 isn’t -3?
– KF –