Dog Featured: Jake
Toothbrush (check), hairbrush (check), snacks for the road (check), headphones for the road (double check!), and caretaker for my pup Athena (uh-oh) ...
There's nothing like the excitement of going on vacation! There is so much to look forward to, so many memories to make, and so many stories to bring back to share. Before heading out on the open road, I always like to make a list of what to pack (I'm sure everyone else does as well). Our overflow of joy and excitement can sometimes lead us to forgetting the important things(like a razor or sunscreen!). However, the most important thing on our lists should be, "how is my pet is going to be taken care of while I am away?"
To me that's simple ... In-Home care is the best choice and here are some reasons why:
For the Pets
Benefits to your pets include:
Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
Having play time
Receiving love and personal attention
Maintaining medical treatment, when required
Having someone responsible in case of an emergency
Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
Helping to ensure good health (no exposure to other animals' illness or parasites)
For the Pet Parent
Benefits to you include:
Knowing that your pet is in caring, loving hands
Having the confidence that the pet sitter can deal with other issues - such as grooming, vet visits
Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave your pet
Not having to impose on family, friends or neighbors
Feeling your home is more secure (with someone going in and out several times a day)
Not all pet sitters are created equal, nor are they all professional. In hiring a pet sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal.