"Free stay" for dog-sitting in Seattle turned out to be costly


February 2, 2022

BCJ correspondent Steve Edwards gets a paw shake for a treat from Fiona, a standard poodle. Steve and his wife, Sherry, spent five weeks last fall dog sitting Fiona and watching the house in Woodinville, Washington while Fiona's owners were in Florida.

Alert readers will recall a story I wrote last December for the "Journal" about a dog/house sitting adventure. The story recounted how my wife Sherry and I spent five weeks, rent free, in a very upscale Airbnb in a suburb of Seattle near our daughter and her family. That venture into 'serial pet sitting' turned out to be rather costly. Here's the previously untold part of the story.

Emergency room costs quickly added up

We took two days to drive to Woodinville, Washington. It's about 800 miles so a stop overnight helped break up the drive. The first night we got a motel room in Ritzville, Wash...

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