Cognition & Reality

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Dogsitting & The Economy

Filed under: Economics — drtone @ 8:32 am

In about a week, I’m going to one of my quarterly retreats, where we explore Relational Somatic Psychotherapy. Before I moved from Riverside to Sun City, having my dogs cared for, during those retreats and other times I went away, was a simple matter. By a lucky coincidence, I lived across the street from a woman who had been boarding dogs for decades. I trusted her, and the dogs always eagerly skipped up the steps to her place when I brought them there. Since my move, I’ve left my dogs there two or three times, but it’s a lot more hassle than simply walking them across Brockton Ave. In addition, I’ll be going out to the desert for a long weekend in about six weeks, first stopping in San Diego, which would mean a trip in the wrong direction to board my dogs in Riverside.

All this is a rather long introduction to my saying that I posted an ad on web site that’s a clearinghouse for dogsitters and babysitters. I have not counted the replies I have received, but it must be at least two dozen and they’re still coming in. Almost all are from women, most of them college-age girls trying to earn a few extra bucks, but some are in their 30s to 50s. I actually gave the gig to the first person who followed through by calling me and coming over to the house, but I could have spent daze sorting through the possibilities and negotiating a low price. It should be said that I live in newly incorporated Menifee, an area that’s chronically depressed. Even taking that into account, there are a lot of unemployed and underemployed people out here. In a way, I’m one of them.

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