If you read my blog on a regular basis you already know that I am a big time animal lover. We have five cats, a dog and some fish. I would love to have another dog but our condo is not big enough for another pup or I would get one in a heartbeat. One day if we are ever blessed to buy a house with a yard I would certainly consider getting another dog. I think our dog would enjoy having someone to play with. Our cats sometimes get annoyed with him when he wants to play. Plus cats are not really into playing catch.
I have always had animals in my life, and I always will. They bring a lot of love and joy into our lives.
Sadly there is a “downside” to having pets – they can hinder you from going away on vacation. That is the biggest issue we have with our pets.
We’ve looked into taking our pets to a kennel but the cost would be astronomical. With five cats and a dog at an average of $25 a day we wouldn’t have any money left over for a vacation. We also have two cats with health issues and we need people who are able to care for their medical needs.
We were fortunate to have a lovely neighbor who would watch our dog for us whenever we were going to be gone for a long time (several hours – not days). If it wasn’t for our neighbor coming over to walk our dog a few times and feed our pets we would have had to miss our cousin’s Sweet 16 birthday party in Pennsylvania (we live in New York).
To be honest, I wouldn’t want to put my pets in a kennel anyway. Our dog is especially sensitive to things. The poor little guy freaks out going to the groomer. He is so excited to see me when I pick him up that he races (literally!) out of the store and into my car. He doesn’t like being away from home. For that reason I couldn’t imagine leaving him some place where he’s be in a cage and missing the comforts of home.
Have you heard about DogVacay? It’s a great option to kennels for dog owners.
DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with wonderful pet sitters across North America. All of the pet sitters are vetted and insured. They are waiting to welcome your pup into their home and treat him/her like a part of their family.
I love this idea!
Which would you rather do with your dog when you go away on vacation – leave him/her at a kennel to spend their time in crate or drop them off at a pet sitter’s house where they can enjoy all the creature comforts of home. a yard to run around in and plenty of pets, scratches behind the ears and belly rubs? It’s a no brainer! It’s like your pet is going on their own little vacation.
DogVacay is simple to you. Simply visit the site, enter in your zip code and DogVacay will pull up providers in your area.
DogVacay will provide you with information about providers in your area. You’ll be able to read about the family, see actual photos of their homes and four legged family members, and learn about the services they offer. You can also read reviews from other pet owners who used their services. For me, reading reviews is important. I love to hear about other’s personal experiences. It would make me feel better knowing my pet is staying with a family who will take great care of him.
I also like that all reservations include FREE pet insurance, 24/7 customer support and a daily photo update of your dog enjoying his time at his DogVacay pet sitter’s home.
Once you find a sitter that interests you simply make arrangements for a “meet and greet” to help you decide if it’s the right place to leave your pup with.
I’m glad I learned about this service. The next time there is an opportunity for my family to go away – even if it’s just overnight – I am going to look check out our local DogVacay providers.
You can even make money with DogVacay.
Whether you are a professional pet sitter, or simply someone who loves dogs, you could become a part of the DogVacay community and open your heart and home to dogs. Best of all you’ll earn money. Who wouldn’t want to make money playing with dogs?
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I would LOVE to become a DogVacay provider, but sadly our home is too small and we don’t have a yard. If/When we are ever fortunate enough to have a house I would do this in a heartbeat!
If you are interested in opening up your home to dogs from your community simply create a free profile on the DogVacay website. You can decide your own rates, decide on what types of dogs you are willing to care for and create your personal profile to let people in your community know that your home is available for their pet.
If you find that you need help setting up your profile DogVacay’s Host Happiness Team is happy to help you with everything from changing profile pictures to handling emergency situations. Call us 24/7 at (855) 364-8222, or email email@example.com.
Remember, each DogVacay pet is covered with FREE pet insurance 24/7 too.
If you have questions about becoming a host you can check out the FAQ page too. You can find it here.
For more information please visit DogVacay.com.
What do you think about DogVacay? Do you think you’ll check out the services the next time you need to board you pup?
Do you like the idea of making money caring for dogs in your home?
Feel free share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.
*I have partnered with DogVacay to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.