My first sitting was trough the FB page outside THS. It was wonderful looking after elderly cat she barely moved. The host asked me to come again and this time it was a nightmare. It turned out she was just looking for a free labour around house. She gave me tasks for every day like reorganisation, decluttering, handyman work, going to post office 1 hour walk not even say thank you, making video calls with her in NZ so it had to be 1am, or showing video to potential renters, then trying to give her 17 years old cat for adoption, the cat was very stressed, so the woman who adopted her returned her back after a vet visit, saying the vet does not recommend adoption, and it could kill her. The host told me she will still try to adopt her it was dreadful to see what she does to animal after being 18 years together…she always said things like ’ ok these tasks are the last one then we are done’ and when she said that 3rd time i realised i need to leave , and started doing my drawing that evening, and was planned to tell her in morning i am leaving next day.
She probably sensed it and around 2am she called a police on me that i am damaging her outside cameras, trying to rob her or something. It was ahocking experience. Next day i had Dr appointment, told her i am leaving today and she said leave immediately, didnt let me to pack stuff, she said if i dont leave immediately she will send someone to change lockers, take over the posesion, and i wont get my stuff. I had there all my artwork, expensive camera i was saving for year, she said i should work there in exchange for rent and bills, that housesitting does not mean looking after animal only. I contacted the police, let her know i did, she turned suddenly nice ’ of course you will get your stuff’…there werent red flags, she worked for tv doing documentaries about helping poor countries, war, woman abuse etc, seemed like a person with good heart. Well dont let it confuse you you never really know, but i learnt a lot. -)