Let’s face it – vacations are not always pet-friendly and it can be stressful for both you and your furry companion to think about them being left behind while you’re away. It is our ultimate mission as pet parents to make sure they are happy and well taken care of, especially when we can’t be there for an extended period of time. But don’t get yourself down worrying about all of the to-dos and what-ifs… there are plenty of things you can do to prepare ahead of time so that both you and your furry friends enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Boarding is one plan-ahead option that you can consider, which is kind of like a mini vacation for your pet, too. They will usually have their own room or kennel where they will sleep and eat and they will also get their daily walks and maybe even some group playtime with other furry guests. There are a ton of options out there that can fit your budget and needs, you just have to research the right fit in advance (some even come with all the bells & whistles to make for an ultra-luxurious experience).
If you want a bit more of a “homey” or one-on-one experience for your pet, you may also choose to hire an in-home sitter or even a family member to watch them while you’re away. This works best for your furry friends that may have separation anxiety issues as it will allow them to remain in your home where they are most comfortable and close to all of their favorite things and familiar spaces.
If you do choose to board, most boarders will allow you to send them with some of their personal items to make their stay most comfortable. This would include their favorite toy, a familiar smelling blanket or garment, and anything else familiar to them such as their usual kibble or favorite snack-time treat. Whatever you decide, I think we can all agree that they deserve some extra loving before you head out. Tons of hugs and kisses are definitely in order as you’re preparing to head out. Believe it or not, our pets can often equate physical touch with a feeling of love just like us humans! They will certainly miss you, but you will leave them assured that they are in good hands and that you will return back to them soon.