What in the Doodle do I do when my summer vacay doesn’t include pets…
I am seriously considering doing something totally out of my comfort zone this summer. Been dancing around with the idea of taking off for a few days with my hubby and leaving the Boys behind #gasp
This has not been done since we moved to Charleston. What trips we’ve taken have always included them…
Living in a new city can be overwhelming when it comes to finding the pawfect place AND people, when leaving something as precious as your pets in their care.
YOUR PET’S HOME AWAY FROM HOME –
Millions of pet parents all over the world leave for vacation from time to time.
Whether it’s for fun adventures or business commitments, many of their travel plans don’t always include/allow pets.
In Virginia I was spoiled – Olde Towne Pet Resort was my one stop shop – it had everything. The Boys played there, bathed there, and boarded there!
We love our vet – but they do not board. The groomer does not board. My home is still under renovations so bringing in a sitter will not work right now.
What’s a Doodle Mom to do?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOARDING FACILITY –
The burden of responsibility to give the very best care to pets is of course ours! Even when we’re not able to do so personally. Friends, neighbors and family mean well, but sometimes they do not possess the experience, patience or time to properly look after your pet.
For those reasons – it’s probably best to leave it up to the professionals. I can’t possibly be the only human dreading the thought of this search process, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned.
When you first venture out to find the right place for your pet, remember to inquire about the less obvious. Most pet parents will have concerns about the –
- cleanliness of the place.
- friendliness of the staff.
Those are all important questions, but don’t forget to ask –
- for a list of required vaccinations.
- to see all the spaces and places your pet may be taken.
- the sizes of the indoor and/or outdoor activity areas.
- length of time outside the kennel each day.
- if there is staff on sight during the night.
WHAT’S THEIR SPECIALTY? –
With so many pet boarding facilities in most cities, do a little research on those that advertise a speciality.
This will be a vacation for your pet as it is for you, so he/she should be in a place that caters to an activity they enjoy.
If your dog loves splashing in the water, and racing around a huge yard then find a facility that offers either a pool or some avenue to ward of the summer heat with a little water fun and a place to run around.
One size fits all facilities are popping up all over the place. They will customize your pets stay to meet their needs and fit your budget. Overnight options to include private suites sized just right for your dog or pet sharing families have become quite popular. Some even offer packages with spa baths and pet-cams for you to catch glimpses of your pup in action during his/her stay.
PREPARING YOUR PET FOR BOARDING –
If you’ve never boarded your pet before or the chosen facility will be a brand new experience, it is always good to prepare your pet before the big trip.
First make sure your pet is comfortable around strangers as well as strange dogs. If he/she exhibits any signs of fear or aggression towards either, please convey that to the boarding facility staff.
If financially feasible, take your pet there for a short visit. Try a doggie day camp afternoon. If possible maybe even one overnight while you are still in town. Ask for feedback from the staff and monitor your pets behavior upon his return.
I’ve already started my search and found two places I’m excited about. Haven’t taken the Boys to either of them yet – still looking for a few referrals from folks who are “like-minded crazy” pet parents like me. #owningit
If all goes well – later this summer, I will be able to exhale, relax and start packing knowing both Doods will be well taken care of…
Anybody else have anxiety about leaving their dogs?
Stay strong – the weekend’s coming ❤