Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

Favorite Video Friday – Igor’s Home Away from Home

July 17, 2015 7 comments

This week has been a tough one. My mother went into emergency surgery on Tuesday morning.  Thankfully, she seems to be doing better than even the surgeon expected, but she will be in the hospital for a week and then in recovery for another two to three weeks.

With her being in the hospital, someone had to take her dog, Jake, home to care for him. So, he came home with me. I am glad he and my dogs get along so well. It makes things a little easier.

He was pretty confused and unsure when I first went to pick him up at my mother’s place. He had no idea why my sister and I were there and not my mom. Luckily, his transition at my house has been easy for him and us. I credit the time he spent with me in March, when my mom went on vacation with my sister, for it being a little less stressful for him. I think he enjoys being around other Shelties.

Of course, I’ve also tried to bring a little of his home to my house so he can feel a little more comfortable. I think that’s why today’s video resonated with me. When you need to leave your dog with someone or at a boarding kennel, you want them to feel like they have a bit of you there with them. I think that’s why this week’s video resonated with me so much right now.

This Friday’s video is cute and very sweet. It features a dog, named Igor, and his loving family, who are about to go on a vacation to another country. How they make him feel a little less sad, and a little more comfortable at the kennel he is staying at, is very sweet. I hope you get a smile like I did when you see him with his new friend sharing his special space. It’s adorable.


Happy Friday everyone!

Dogs: Is Boarding Them The Best Option When You Are Away?

May 24, 2010 3 comments

Being a pet sitter, I tend to be biased about who should care for your dog when you go on vacation. (People like me, of course!)

The reality is that many people assume that boarding their pet(s) is the ONLY option (or the BEST option) available to them. After all, what dog wouldn’t love to go someplace where they can play with other dogs? The truth is that not all pets do well in a boarding facility. Having someone in the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, does not guarantee your pet will be safe or that your pet won’t be stressed.

Before you go on vacation, you need to determine if your dog is a good fit for a boarding kennel or would do better in your home with a pet sitter. So here are some questions to ask yourself…

– Is my dog easily stressed in new situations? Does he/she drool, pace, whine or pant excessively when in a new situation (such as a boarding kennel)?
– Does my dog have a special medication or multiple medications that need to be administered throughout the day or at specific times?
– Is my dog easily stressed around other dogs? Does he/she have issues with other dogs?
– Did my dog come from an animal shelter or similar facility? Was he/she stressed in this environment before I adopted him/her?
– Is my dog used to being at home with me or with another family member there most of the day? Is he/she most comfortable at home?
– Does my dog have behavioral issues that would make it difficult for a boarding facility to care for?

If you answered “Yes”, to any of these questions, then hiring a pet sitter may be your best option. Most dogs tend to be less stressed in a familiar environment (i.e., their home) and are more likely to be happier and healthier (no exposure to doggie illnesses) at home than in a boarding facility.

People worry that their dog will get too lonely while they are gone, but the truth is that in most households dogs stay home alone a good majority of the day. Even at a minimum of 3 visits a day and 3 walks a day, your dog may be getting more exercise and one-on-one attention than they get on a normal day.

I let my clients do the speaking for me and my profession. Over and over again I have heard the same comments from my clients (many of whom used to board their pets) – “What a surprise! Normally it takes my dog several days to re-acclimate after being boarded, but he was happy and acting normal right away!” or “My dog usually won’t acknowledge me for a few days after returning from being boarded, but this time she was happy to see me and didn’t seem stressed at all!”

Before you go on vacation, think about checking into local pet sitters in your area. Here are a few great directories:
PetSit USA
Pet Sitter’s International
Association of Pet Sitting Excellence
Professional Pet SItters of Minnesota

And, if you do decide to board your pet, do your research. Talk to other clients. Check the Better Business Bureau and/or Angie’s List to see if there have been complaints about the boarding facility. Ask them if they have ever had any pets die or get injured on their premises and why.

Then, make your decision.
Good luck!

Going on vacation: What to do with your pet?

February 3, 2009 6 comments

If you’re like me, you don’t trust your pet with just anyone.
When I used to travel for business (which was quite often), the one thing that worried me most was finding someone who could care for my cats. Cats can be quite self-sufficient, but they still require daily care – and in my case, a daily insulin injection for diabetes.

At the time I had never even heard of a pet sitter, so I had to rely on friends or family to care for my cats, and to give Sebastiaan his daily insulin injection. As you can imagine this became quite an ordeal. I mean who wants to bug your friends to care for your pets while you are out of town all of the time? They have busy lives themselves and don’t want to be a constant caretaker for someone else’s pets – even if it is for you, their friend.

And, you can only use family for so long before they get tired of it too. Luckily, I had a very understanding sister who loved my cats as much I did, so she was often willing to come over and stay with them or stop in to feed them and give Sebastian his insulin. Not everyone is so lucky.
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