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Dog Sitting Company Problems

Has anyone ever run into issues with using a dog sitting company that has threatened to sue you for damage to their property?

Background Info: Dog company stated they were insured, owner of company comes and picks the dogs up in her vehicle and brings them to a host family for the week.

2nd time we've used them and this time she is stating that my Doberman Zildjian chewed through not one but both seat belts in her vehicle from the time she picked them up at the host family to bring them home to us (no more than a 20 min drive in our town).

History: Zildjian was obviously destructive as a puppy but being that he is almost 6 he hasn't been destructive in 4 years which I told her. At first I apologized because I was shocked, but upon more thinking I don't think there's any way it could've been him. My dog walkers have picked him up once a week for the last year and a half in their vehicle to take him for a group walk and they said he has never showed interest in the seatbelts. We've also taken him on road trips for a week, driving sometimes up to 4 hours at a time between rests and he again has never chewed a seatbelt. He doesn't even rip up stuffed toys much anymore!

I feel like she's just trying to get money out of us, she was late dropping them off by almost an hour as well so I wonder how long they were actually in the vehicle for.......

Feeling frustrated, luckily my husband is moving the conversation to him because I just can't deal with people like this.
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Sounds to me like she did not have the proper equipment to transport dogs. If I was doing business transporting I would have at the minimum a kennel in the car to transport a persons pet.

I am afraid I would tell the person to take a hike only more colorful.
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Sounds to me like she did not have the proper equipment to transport dogs. If I was doing business transporting I would have at the minimum a kennel in the car to transport a persons pet.

I am afraid I would tell the person to take a hike only more colorful.
Yep that's why I'm letting my husband deal with her now because I would have some not too nice things to say to her. I feel like that would be the smart thing too if that's your business, although she called it her "personal" vehicle so not too smart on her end. Spoke to my dog walking company and they confirmed that if that happened, their insurance would cover it.
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I agree with "take a hike" , they were not watching your dog during transport , plus transporting unfamiliar animals loose in a car is very unprofessional.
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I'm on the "take a hike" side...and I dog sit. If the dog damages something of mine while in my care that's my problem.
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I dog sit and if something gets damaged while a dog is in my care that's my responsibility.

But! I would not transport a dog except in a crate and I would not hire anyone to dogsit who didn't crate a dog being transported.

My solution to dogs who are destructive is not to sue but they go on a "do not sit" list and the owner is simply told there is "no room in the inn".
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I have to agree with everyone else here. You should not be held accountable because this woman doesn't want to transport the dogs in her care properly. I don't know why, but the way you described it sounds just like the part in Dumb & Dumber where he takes all the dogs out of the back of his Sheepdog van only to have all of them smeared with mustard...

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I'm on the "take a hike" side...and I dog sit. If the dog damages something of mine while in my care that's my problem.
Same. If I leave shoes out and the dog eats them, that's my fault for leaving my property out with an unfamiliar dog. Sucks for me, but not the owner's fault.

I think they should definitely be using a crate to transport the dog, especially a company that is supposed to be professional!! She wouldn't have had her seatbelts chewed if she had transported him properly!

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Many years ago, we put our 4 year old daughter in private home daycare while we worked. One day, she wrote her name in 2 feet high letters with a marker on their living room wall. The daycare provider wanted us to pay for fixing the wall. My question to her was if we're paying you to watch her, where were you when she did it? Never heard another word about the wall.

Same thing with your situation. You are paying them to care for your dog. If they fail to provide adequate supervision, then that's their problem.
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let the person take you to court. Just make sure you show up or the judgment would be against you. They are just trying a bluff. Tell them to go for it. Remember to never be rude or say anything off.
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That reminds me of a sweet story about our Claire.
Claire was the Perfect dog . Honestly. So we would never ever expect her to do something mischievious.
The dogs were travelling with their grandma up to the cottage. Sweet Claire had her head on granny's shoulder all the way. Upon arrival, it was discovered young Claire had chewed the seatbelt off.
My girlie passed away a year ago, so any chance to think of her is a good one.
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Thank you everyone, but can a moderator delete this post now? Not that I said anything that can incriminate me obviously, but I still don't want her to have anything on me if she does try. Thank you
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You'll probably need to send one of them a PM.
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