A Woman Always Helped Her Neighbor with Her Cats, but When the Woman Asked for A Favor Back, Her Neighbor Shockingly Refused

A woman recently asked if she was wrong for not wanting to dog-sit her neighbor’s dog even though her neighbor had fed her cat plenty of times before. Here’s what she had to say:

She Went on Vacation

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The woman said, ‘A few weeks ago, I went on vacation for a few days and asked my neighbor if she’d be willing to watch my cats.’

Her Cats Were Low-Maintenance

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She’d often asked her neighbor to look after her cats when she went away, and so far, the neighbor always said yes. It was a pretty easy gig. All she (the neighbor) had to do was stop by the house once a day and freshen up their water since they had automatic feeders.

She Always Said Thank You

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In return, the woman would always leave her neighbor a bottle of wine and a gift card. She felt that this was thanks enough. So, when her neighbor asked her to return the favor, she said no.

Her Neighbor Wanted Her to Return the Favor

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Shortly after the woman returned from her vacation, her neighbor asked her to dog-sit. She was going away, and she needed someone to take care of her dog for a few days. But the dog required three walks a day and to be played with. The woman knew she didn’t really have time for this in her schedule…

She Refused

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The woman politely declined. She said that, although she would love to help her neighbor, she couldn’t fit it into her busy schedule. It wouldn’t be fair on the dog! She suggested the neighbor ask the older couple who lived next door since they adored dogs.

Someone Else Could Do it

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When she suggested that the older couple look after her dog, the neighbor didn’t say much. She muttered, ‘Okay, thanks’ and left. A while later, on the date the neighbor went on vacation, the woman saw the older couple walking the dog, so she assumed it had all worked out.

She Was Ignoring Her

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The woman didn’t think much about her refusal after that. But, when her neighbor returned from vacation, she noticed something different. She kept giving the woman weird looks and was ignoring her. It was starting to get awkward…

She Confronted Her

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The woman said, ‘A few days ago when I ran into her at the mailbox, I asked her if I did anything wrong and if she’d like to talk about anything.’

It Wasn’t a Fair Trade

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The neighbor admitted that she was mad at the woman. She had watched her cats multiple times in the past, and the woman had said no the one time she asked for her to return the favor. The neighbor pointed out that the woman worked from home, so making time for her dog should be easy. But the woman had to get up every day at 6am and didn’t finish work and school until 9pm. She had no spare time to walk a dog!

Was She in the Wrong?

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The woman said that while she was sorry to have upset her neighbor, she could never have looked after her dog. But the neighbor didn’t care and told her to find another cat-sitter. The woman tried to apologize again, but her neighbor just walked away. The woman felt bad but didn’t think freshening up a cat bowl was comparable to looking after a dog. She didn’t know if she was in the wrong, so she asked the internet for advice.

The Internet Provided

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One person said, ‘If you really can’t spare the time to walk her dog, then you were right to say so and also right to try and talk it over with her.’

Others Had Thoughts

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Others commented, ‘You didn’t even try the one time she needed help when she’s helped you out multiple times in the past.’

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