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What do I do if I'm boarding a pet and the owner refuses to pay me?

This is a hypothetical question. Say that I have a dog boarding at my house and everything went fine, but the owner comes and can't or won't pay. What should I do? Just take the loss and document it?


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I will be pet sitting two cats for 2 weeks. I usually dog sit, so I'm not sure what I should be charging. My rates for dog sitting are usually $50 per day.

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