AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: You could call me gullible DATE: 5/30/2008 09:37:00 AM ----- BODY:
I trust people. Sometimes that is one of my good traits. Sometimes it is one of my downfalls.

Yesterday I had a face to face with the boy who was supposed to take care of my dogs last weekend. I explained to him how I didn't understand how he could have been in the house and not smelled anything. I explained to him how if the dogs were being fed then there should have been no food left in their containers - that was why I left instructions how to pick up more just in case he needed it.

I told him how the floors could be replaced, but that my heart was broken thinking about how hungry and neglected my dogs were last weekend. I told him how disappointed I was that he had let me down.

At that point, I thought that he was going to cry. He looked straight at me, never glanced away, and said with very watery eyes, that he promised he had fed them and played with them. He promised that they got let out and got their medicines. He said he was really sorry about the floors. Very very sorry.

I believe him. Guy doesn't.

It doesn't mean I'm not still upset about the mess, and it doesn't mean that I don't still have some doubts. But I have always trusted him. It feels completely unnatural not to at this point.

Besides, I think that the only way to make him want to be honest with me is to believe what he says. If I don't, then why would he bother telling me the truth? I think you get back from people what you expect of them most of the time.

I hope from now on, he understands that I expect much more from him than he gave this time.

Not that he'll be watching my dogs again. . .

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 12:33:00 PM EDT Hate to say it, I'm with Guy.. There is no way those dogs could have done that much damage.

But you are right.. you have to trust him.

Tough spot. I don't believe him, but I do believe in trusting people's word. Even a kid. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Marty, a.k.a. canape DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 12:59:00 PM EDT That is such a good way to put it, BW. I think that deep down I don't believe him either, but I do believe in trusting his word.

You should write my blog for me from now on :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous MB DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 2:24:00 PM EDT I WOULD believe that a teenage boy would not smell dog excrement. Have you smelled a teenage boy's bedroom lately? Not much difference. And if your dogs are like mine, when they are mad or don't have a lot of interaction they may pee inside just to get even.

But I am having trouble believing him on the food thing. I guess MAYBE the dogs were so upset to be alone that they just didn't eat much and he didn't refill it accordingly, but that seems a bit of a stretch... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous HeatherK DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM EDT Not sure I believe him either, but letting it sit on his conscience is a better lesson for him I think. So sorry you had to come home to such a mess. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jessica DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM EDT my heart breaks for your pups...it also breaks for you & guy. What a horrible situation to be in...I'm so so sorry that you had to deal with any of that. ::hugs:: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Candygirlflies DATE:Friday, May 30, 2008 at 9:46:00 PM EDT Oh, dear... I read Guy's blog the other day, and was so sorry to hear you came home to such a sad state of affairs. The poor dogs, and poor you guys, for having to deal with the fall-out.

Thank goodness you were only gone for a weekend, and not longer...

xo CGF ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 12:10:00 AM EDT I'm so sorry you are having to deal with any of this...if only we lived in that perfect world.

Hopefully he learned a huge lesson from all of this.

Hopefully you and Guy will be able to trust someone to dogsit again one day. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Gerbil DATE:Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 6:15:00 PM EDT Well, personally? Certainly you can forgive him. But he ought to help Guy sand and refinish the floors. (And then watch 15 hours of Animal Cops.)

He knew. He just felt too guilty to admit it, sez the mother of an occasionally dimwitted teenager. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Redneck Mommy DATE:Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8:07:00 PM EDT Ack. I'm such a softie, I don't know if I'd be able to NOT believe him.

Chalk it up as a lesson for the both of you.

Hopefully, your next dog sitter will be much more reliable. ----- --------