What to do with Fluffy & Fido?
For me the downside of any trip I plan is the worry of who is going to pamper my precious furry children while I'm gone. Of course there are several options and much depends on the pets you have as well as the life they consider to be normal. Some pets do well with change, most do not. Some pets are social, some are not. So first you need to understand your pet(s). We have two indoor only house cats and one large breed dog. We eat together, sleep together and have movie night together so we're a pack.
House Sitters with Benefits
What's a house sitter with benefits? It's a Pet Sitter that will stay at your home, living with your pets so their routine is completely unchanged during your absence. This is our preference and the absolute best choice you can make for your pets whenever possible. They sleep in their own beds, eat and potty where they do every day and the pack stays together except for the temporary change in leadership. Your pets will barely miss you. Choosing a House Sitter can be difficult, but here are some ideas.
Pet Sitters International
Finding a pet sitter to provide the right pet-care services requires an investment of time—time to do phone interviews, time to conduct in-your-home meetings and time to thoroughly check references on those you’re considering hiring.
Visit Pet Sitters International Website for Info and to Locate Pet Sitters in your area.
Give Your Dogs a Vacation Too!
Well, kenneling your dog has come a long way since I was a kid! If you spend the time to really check into the options you have available locally, you will undoubtedly find a place where your dog will be laying by the pool and meeting new friends during the day, then tucked away in a luxury doggie suite with a temperature controlled environment, TV and cushy bed at night! For the social and non-aggressive dog, this is a wonderful solution if you can afford it.
Be very aware of the more old-fashioned 'standard' kenneling services of the past. These still exist and unless your dog is used to being in a small kennel with continuously barking neighbors and little to no positive contact with other dogs or humans, this is a very unhealthy environment for your dog. They are pack animals and if they live in the house with you and participate in your normal family life, this type of kenneling will cause tremendous stress and anxiety. We kenneled our dog many, many years ago for a week while on vacation. When we picked her up she had lost 10-pounds and was so crazed that when she saw us she broke her leash to get to us.
So put some serious thought into taking care of your pet when you leave them. Remember, they don't understand why they are being left or if you are EVER coming back. That's the beauty of home care, the stress and anxiety is down to only one simple thing, they miss you personally. But when you leave your dog at a kennel, they are in a strange environment and they not only miss you, but they miss all their favorite things including other pets. Leaving them in one of these great new Camp/Daycare environments is a bit different. They are kept so entertained and they are having so much fun playing with new people and dogs that they alleviate any stress or anxiety they may have had when they arrived, leaving them exhausted and hungry enough to eat.
As a pet lover, a pet mother and the owner of PAWSitively PETrageous it seems only logical that I offer a place where we can chat about our furred and feathered kids without being taken away in a white jacket!
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