The Petsitters group called me back, and they had found a spot for Gabby with one of their sitters that lives nearby. I talked to the sitter (instead of the crazy coordinator) and she was very nice, etc. She has a fenced yard and a high energy Labradoodle (sigh) so the two could play a lot. Plus, she's a stay at home mom, and Gabby would only have to be crated when she took her kids to school. Sounds great, right?
They send me the liability release...They want me to release them from any damage caused to Gabby unless they intentionally inflict the damage. So basically, they could forget about her, leave her in the backyard for the week, negligently forget to feed her, etc- and not be held responsible.
Then I read more- they want me held responsible for any and all damages she causes while there. There's no way I'm signing that. If they fail to exercise her and supervise her and she destroys their couch or favorite pair of Manolo Blahniks, I am not going to be responsible.
So I rewrote the waiver and sent it back to them. But I'm sure at this point Gabby will be staying at the kennel with my trainer (which is about 200 dollars more for the week but still)...
I would have done the same thing. Sounds like they refuse to be responsible for anything. I had a business in pet and house sitting, and although I had a contract, it also stated what services were to be included, such as daily exercise, scheduled feedings, etc., and the owner always had the option of including other items. I am like you, I would rather pay extra for guaranteed care than pay a little less and take a chance. Have a great trip!
I just read your first post, I would print it off and send it to her/his higher up!!!! Have you considered hiring a responsible teen to come and dog sit?? I have done this numerous times and it works great. Maybe someone in high school or college to come stay for the week. We always hired our babysitters which I see you don't have kids but you probably know someone who does...Just a thought!
When I needed help with Cole, I sent flyers around my neighborhood asking for responsible stay or work-at-home adults interested in making an extra buck. (I didn't want to have children involved due to liability issues, and not to mention that they might decide to "bring their friends over" to play with the dog) I got a call from a SAHM around the corner from me who loved dogs, and I paid her an agreed rate of $30 a week. She became one of my good friends!
I did write up an agreement for her, basically asking her to sign something stating that only she would be responsible for the dog and not allow any children/minors to come with her and that if she did I was released from any liability.
Granted, because it was somewhat informal she did forget about him a few times...once I came home to find pee, another time he held it for over ten hours. But that didn't happen often at all.
So anyway, that was my experience, maybe this is an option for you?
Oh, edited to say I just realized this was for a specific trip. In that case, I would fiind a good kennel near you. Visit the American Boarding Kennel Associate website and choose someone from there. ABKA members have to submit to surprise inspections and are held to a strict standard of cleanliness among other things. http://www.abka.com/abka/