You’ve got the time, you’ve got the money, you’ve got the destination…….the only thing stopping you is the puppy dog eyes looking up at you!!!!!!
Dean and I recently returned from a Cruising holiday to Tasmania! Which was awesome!!! The only issue I had (& always have) is leaving Billy behind.
My relief was knowing that my dear friend who loves Billy as I do, was able to look after him for us.
Billy was happy to see us return but he was clearly well looked after while we were gone.
With the holiday season fast approaching it’s important to have plans in place for your fur kid/s if you’re thinking of going away.
Here are 9 Options to consider when YOU go on HOLIDAYS and leave your FUR KIDS behind!!!
ALWAYS plan which option you’re going to do well in advance.
ALWAYS have a back up plan!
Billy is happy being in his own environment and doesn’t fret if we’re not here. So it only makes sense to us to have someone come in and feed him while we’re away.
My dear friend Amanda (who loves Billy as she does her own dog) looks after him so well, (& spoils him so much) that I’m sure he barely missed us.
She lives close enough so she was able to call in before and after work to feed, play with and spoil him.
If you’re looking for someone to do the same for your fur kid/s, or house sit as well, then ask yourself these questions: –
If you’re still not sure, have the person do a trial run. Ask them stay over at your place (with or without you there) overnight and see how it goes.
Then, if that works, try again for a whole weekend and see how that goes.
ALWAYS leave your itinerary and emergency numbers behind, as well as any numbers for the dog’s i.e vet numbers, medications, another person in case they can’t reach you etc.
It comes down to TRUST. If you’re thinking of leaving your fur kids with someone else, then ask the following: –
If you’re unsure of this, definitely have a trial. Take your fur kid/s around to this persons place and stay there for a few hours just too see how it all goes.
And if it does work then, try it over night. There might be other dogs in the surrounding yards of this person’s house that sets your fur kids off etc.
It’s definitely best to do trial runs, well before your departure date.
As a dog lover, over the years I’ve heard mixed stories about Boarding Kennels, some are awesome and some dogs have come home much worse for wear.
It’s all about doing your research well in advance before you head off.
Questions to ask –
Again, if you’ve checked off the above and are pretty happy with the facilities and the people, give your dogs a trial run.
I can’t stress enough to go with your gut, remember you’re leaving your fur babies with these people.
Some Vets and Doggy Day Care facilities in our area will board their client’s dogs. So you could call your local trusted vet/doggy day care centre and ask them all the same questions as above.
My main concern would be whether or not they’ll be left alone overnight. If your dog’s aren’t use to that then there could be an issue.
Also are they going to be caged the whole time or will they get exercised outside?
If they do offer it, again, go for that trial run first.
Ask other dog owners what they do with their fur kids when they go on holidays.
Ask for recommendations, word of mouth is the best advertising.
Look up reviews.
If you can’t find anyone or anywhere you’re comfortable with then the next option is to take your fur kids on a dog friendly holiday!!!!
It means when you plan on going on holidays your fur kids will be safe and happy while you’re gone. Which also means you’ll be able to relax while you’re gone.
All the questions may seem extreme but for any dog lover it’s covering your bases.
Always, always ask the trusted person to send you updated pics of your fur kid/s while you’re away. Why? Because knowing your fur kid/s aren’t fretting and are having a good time while you’re away, will help you to enjoy your holiday that much more.
Have you been on holidays? What arrangements did you make for your fur kids? We’d love it if you would share with us. Drop us a line.
J & B