A while back I hired a maid for a few months as I though that it would be much easier for my dogs to have a live-in sitter than to have to be re-homed every time I left for my travels. While it was a luxury to not have to do house work when I came back from work, in the end it proved to be more trouble than it was worth.
Since there’s only 2 people staying in my household, I only expected 3 things from Tina. A clean house, honesty and not to let stranger in my home.
She was allowed to go out for daily exercise, watch TV and we treated her like a family member. On Hari Raya we would fetch her to the mosque for prayer and let her have the day off. We even bought her a mobile phone.
I travel very often and while I was away on on one occasion, she brought back some hamsters because she said she wanted more company. When I got back she asked if she could keep them as pets. They were already a month old by then and hidden in a cardboard box in her room. So I agreed to let her keep it on condition that she keeps them clean. We bought the hamsters a 3 storey- cage, food, bedding and toys.
But somehow it was never enough for her and eventually we found out she has been constantly breaking one of our 3 rules, honesty. In the end we had to send her back. It has been emotionally a very draining experience and don’t see myself being able to hire another live-in maid. Hearing the feedback from my family and friends, most of them tell me that I was too nice to the maid. But I don’t really know how to draw that line between treating a live-in help as a respectable worker and preventing the help from taking advantage. Now I’m left with a hard lesson learnt and 3 hamsters which I’m hoping to give away.
Anyways, these photos were taken in a happier time when we celebrated Tina’s birthday. My whole family participated in the surprise hoping to make her feel more at home and less homesick.
Anyone interested in adopting hamster can drop me a comment or email.