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I wanted to know what your take on underage pet sitters is? I know when I was 16/17 I would have loved to have the opportunity to care for someone's pets,but I was also taught how to be very responsible with animals. I use a local sitter who is licensed and bonded,but my neighbor is looking on Craiglist for a sitter and said that someone who says she is 16 emailed her. Personally I wouldn't go that route,but that's just me. It seems kind of off to me that this person wants to call her with her parent,who could be anyone really. My neighbor did say that she wanted to talk to her parents,but again that person could be anyone.
 

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Not everyone on CL is weird:) My first job when I 16 was at a bigger pet store working with dogs, snakes, a monkey, llama, a tiger, and a leopard. Lots of kids that age or some even younger volunteer at shelters and rescues. I would of course do some research before I met anyone on CL, whether its on CL or not does not mean that I would have a minor come into my home..that can be a liability.
 

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It seems kind of off to me that this person wants to call her with her parent,who could be anyone really. My neighbor did say that she wanted to talk to her parents,but again that person could be anyone.
I'd want to speak with the home my child was going to, too. Why is that weird or do you say "it could be anyone"? If your kid was 16, would you want her to go to someone's home you'd never even met who also "could be anyone"?

A while back I ran an ad for my 16yr. old under employment wanted, for babysitting jobs. I took down the ad after a number of single men wanted her number!! Thank God I myself ran the ad and not her :mad:
 

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It seems like you always want to be combative whenever I make a post up here for some reason. The teenage girl herself responded to the ad.Apparently the mother knows nothing about it. I never said there was anything wrong with a parent contacting an employer of their child. This 16 year old is the one who is answering ads off of craigslist.



I'd want to speak with the home my child was going to, too. Why is that weird or do you say "it could be anyone"? If your kid was 16, would you want her to go to someone's home you'd never even met who also "could be anyone"?

A while back I ran an ad for my 16yr. old under employment wanted, for babysitting jobs. I took down the ad after a number of single men wanted her number!! Thank God I myself ran the ad and not her :mad:
 

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For me it would depend on the child. My daughter is 13 and in dog 4-H, many of those kids would be wonderful dog sitters. They are responsible, knowledgeable and dependable.
 

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Honestly, I only leave my pets with someone I know very very well, or with a professional kennel that I've used several times. I'm not leaving my pet with someone off Craigslist, be they 16 or 60. That's just me though.

That said, if I were going to hire a 16-year old I would absolutely want to speak with the parents. I've hired neighborhood kids to do various tasks like mowing and yard maintenance and I always make sure that the parent is on board.
 

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When I was younger (15 or so) I dogsat for a dog that was mean, out of control, and outweighed me. He was a 115lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever and I was scared of him. I used to take care of him for a whole week, feed him and let him out a few times a day.
 

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I took care of all the neighborhood dogs and was referred to other neighbors as everyone knew I loved dogs, they would give me the keys, or leave them somewhere for me and I would feed, water play and walk their dogs, all the neighborhood dogs loved me, and I them. Of course this was back when the world wasn't the hideous place it is now, there was a Mayberry innocence. :(
 

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That said, if I were going to hire a 16-year old I would absolutely want to speak with the parents. I've hired neighborhood kids to do various tasks like mowing and yard maintenance and I always make sure that the parent is on board.
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Apparently I'm not the only one here who doesn't see anything "weird" about wanting to speak with the parents :shrug:
I'm sorry you feel that's "being combative", but I think it's perfectly normal.

I had a house-sitting/dog-sitting job as a teen too, but just up the road, it was our landlady's dogs :)
 

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I started babysitting and pet sitting when I was 12 and that was my work until college. I had so many "jobs"/families I was working 4-5 days a week and every weekend and worked full time as a nanny over the summers when I was 16 and 17. No one ever asked my parents, but most of the people I "worked" for already knew our family or had been referred by someone who did. My mom would probably be taken aback if someone called her out of the blue to ask about employing me but that's how we were raised, I have been very independent and my parents never kept track of me because they never had to. I was either legitimately working, at school, or with my friends who were not the trouble-making sort (and I was honest about who I was with and what we were doing since I had nothing to hide). I don't think it's weird these days to double check everything with parents though. Heck I work for a college and we had a mom come in and ask if she could do a job interview FOR her son (college age, looking for a job with our department on campus).

I do recall that if I finished a job after dark, the dads/men always insisted on driving me home or following me even if I just had to walk around the block, or hop the back fence to get home. I used to babysit every Friday and Saturday for the same family who lived directly behind us (we built a fort platform attached to the back sides of our garages) and the dad would literally escort me through their yard, through the hole in the fence and down my driveway. It was probably 150 feet door to door if that. But now that I watch all these crime shows and see kids getting snatched right out their back door I can see how they would feel it's better safe than sorry.
 

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I'd actually trust a 16/17 y/o MORE than I would trust a non-professional adult sitter. Kids still have some fear of authority and their lives aren't super busy. But I was one of those 16/17 y/o kids that dogsat, lol.
 

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There's too many pervs out there these days preying on our kids, that I'd be paranoid if my kid just up and said they had to go feed someone's dog.
The guy who emailed me (my email addy is AlphaMom33) about crapped his pants when I emailed him back to ask how old he was and if he had kids!!
 

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the OP is suspicious of CL and rightfully so.

Honestly, I only leave my pets with someone I know very very well, or with a professional kennel that I've used several times. I'm not leaving my pet with someone off Craigslist, be they 16 or 60. That's just me though.

That said, if I were going to hire a 16-year old I would absolutely want to speak with the parents. I've hired neighborhood kids to do various tasks like mowing and yard maintenance and I always make sure that the parent is on board.
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Apparently I'm not the only one here who doesn't see anything "weird" about wanting to speak with the parents :shrug:
I'm sorry you feel that's "being combative", but I think it's perfectly normal.

I had a house-sitting/dog-sitting job as a teen too, but just up the road, it was our landlady's dogs :)
 

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My daughter is almost 15 and she takes care of our neighbors labs when they go out of town sometimes. She walks over twice a day and makes sure they have water and food......and she refills their swimming pool. My husband and I also "help" which means....we will recheck atleast once a day behind her. Just to make sure all is right with the dogs.
 

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taking care of a neighbors dogs and having parents doing
back up checks is a lot different than answering a CL ad.

My daughter is almost 15 and she takes care of our neighbors labs when they go out of town sometimes. She walks over twice a day and makes sure they have water and food......and she refills their swimming pool. My husband and I also "help" which means....we will recheck atleast once a day behind her. Just to make sure all is right with the dogs.
 

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taking care of a neighbors dogs and having parents doing
back up checks is a lot different than answering a CL ad.
Maybe? in a way.

We are still making ourselves responsible for the dogs. Doesn't matter rather we do it...or our kids. Parents are always responsible.

The fact is.....no adult can enter into an agreement with a child. You have to enter into the agreement with the child's parents.

So even though our daughter gets the money for watching the dogs......if one of the dogs died in her care b/c she didn't water them or feed them.....we (my husband and I) would still be responsible. Which is why we always double check behind her. She's a good kid. Pretty responsible for her age. BUT I never assume that she knows or would be able to recognize when a dog is sick and needs vet attention.

IMO....I wouldn't CL a pet sitter nor would I let my daughter pet sit a strangers dog...... so I do agree with you doggiedad.:D
 

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Im 15 and dog sit some neighborhood dogs. I don't put ads on craigslist though! My parents know the people that I pet-sit for and where they live. I also always bring Tank with me,lol. He may not protect me but to some people he is intimidating(I pet-sit for older people) and I feel safer.
 

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This.
Apparently I'm not the only one here who doesn't see anything "weird" about wanting to speak with the parents :shrug:
I'm sorry you feel that's "being combative", but I think it's perfectly normal.
You seem to be missing the OP's point (which seemed pretty clear in the OP). Her point was that the teenager said she'd have her mom talk to the OP on the phone to verify it was ok for her to go to some strangers house from Craigslist to watch the pets. OP's point was that the teenager could have ANYONE be on the other end of that line and really have no way of knowing it's the childs mother unless she actually MEETS the mom and daughter together. Even then there is really no guarantee but at least you know it's not another child that sounds a little more adult like than the average teenage girl.

So in regards to the question - we are lucky enough to have a lot of family in the area that knows our dogs well, so when we leave they stay at our house (the dogs that is, as well as the parrot and lizard) and family watches them. If that wasn't an alternative, I would board them at a professional facility that I trusted or pay a licensed/bonded professional pet sitter to come into the house. Or a good friend or see if one of the techs at one of our vets office (located two blocks away) wanted to make a little side money since they work so close to where we live.

I would never EVER hire someone off craigslist. Regardless of the age. But that said, I wouldn't hire just some random person from anywhere, no matter the source, so it's kind of moot point whether it's craigslist or XYZ location or website. It's not just the pets to worry about. It's your house. Some teenage girl living it up in my house, hooking up with boys from school in our bed, uh, no thanks.

Wanted to add - if it was a teenager I knew very well and trusted, I wouldn't have a problem hiring them. I pet sat a ton when I was a teen but it was for neighborhood pets of people that I knew, and who recommended me to their friends and neighbors in the neighborhood.
 
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