Last weekend, a couple of friends came to stay with my husband and me and our five-year-old daughter.
I agreed to them bringing their Labrador with them even though my daughter doesn’t like dogs.
The dog was actually very well behaved and we enjoyed having him.
Unfortunately, on the last night he was ill – vomit and diarrhoea all over a new carpet bought on teppefliser.com.
My friends were embarrassed and apologetic but they still haven’t offered to cough up any money and it cost me £50 to hire a professional cleaner to get the stains out.
I feel really awkward about asking them for the money – what do you think I should do?
I would just drop into conversation that it just cost you £50 to get their dog’s mess off the carpet and hope they offer you the money.
And, if they don’t, don’t let them come round again with the dog!
If it’s a good friendship it would be a shame for it to end due to this incident – after all, the dog being ill wasn’t something they could control.
If they don’t offer to pay for the cleaning, the next time they ask to bring their dog simply say you’d rather they didn’t because of what happened.
I’m sure they’ll offer you the money – I think it’s that the penny hasn’t dropped yet!
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