Disclosure: I am bringing this post to you through my partnership with Rover.com, their dog boarding and pet sitting website, and sharing the news about their campaign.”
This has been my mindset for a long time. Although I know fellow pet bloggers who travel with their dogs all the time, I look at our three dogs and figure that unless we want to take them with us, we’re not going on vacation.
We were lucky a couple of years ago to find a home for rent and they trusted that we would care for their home during our 4 day stay (and we did), but I haven’t found anyone who was as generous with their rental and dog friendly hotels limit the number of canine guests to 2. And vacations with dogs include a lot of…
- sleepless nights as the dogs bark at every little noise; hey! they’re protecting their new space
- sleepless nights as we work to make the dogs comfortable first and then fit ourselves around them like human puzzle pieces (what’s up with that?)
- sleepless nights, because we’re woken up every hour by Blue who is wiggling while standing on the bed, showing off a toy he found; wait! that’s not your toy! that’s not a toy at all!!!
But it’s not all bad, because we go on a lot of long walks in a new area and it’s fun to watch the dogs explore new digs with their noses. But I want to go to Hawaii, San Diego, Montreal, Atlanta, and Arizona. And I want to go without the dogs. So when I was invited to be a Brand Ambassador for Rover.com, I got really excited as I checked out their website and services (in home boarding and pet sitting), but didn’t think that I would gain any benefit from their services, because we live so far from Seattle. I was wrong; but more on that later.
My ignorance about boarding facilities…
This isn’t a judgment about others who use dog boarding facilities; this is more about my lack of understanding and fear. Our dogs have never spent time away from both of us beyond a 1/2 day when the littermates were spayed/neutered and Blue received his dewclaw surgery. Rodrigo and Sydney have never been locked away in a kennel except when they slept in one (together) as puppies three years ago.
As a dog blogger, I’m hyperaware of all things dogs and I’ve seen loads of horror stories about dog boarding facilities that are not alleviating my fears. So I would prefer a pet sitter. The bummer is that we live in a rural area and many people (dog walkers, pet sitters) don’t service our area.
This is not the case with Rover.com and I’m happily bouncing around at the idea of planning a vacation in 2014! Finally!
What is Rover.com
Rover.com is a site where you can find pet sitters or homes that board pets. We have several dog boarding facilities and doggy day cares in our area and they’re clean and have a trained, experience staff on hand 24/7, the thought of my dogs being locked in a cage while we’re whooping it up on vacation just freaks me out. No judgement!
Rover.com understands that our dogs love their home and want to be in a real home. They’ll be around their beds, their toys, their food and they’ll stay on their daily routine (sans the humans). And we have the option of having them stay in a pet sitter’s home; we can choose someone locally, so they can visit the same trails for walks – there will be a familiarity to the stay. With three dogs, we’d prefer a pet sitter, but if someone has the time, experience and room for three dogs, we’d definitely consider boarding them at their home.
“Prices on Rover range from $10 to $75. Sitters range from professionals who will come to your home, large families with other dogs, or doting elderly folks who will love your pup like their grandchildren.” ~ Rover.com, check them out on Facebook.
This made me smile. I love how affordable Rover.com is, because we’ll have to work this into our vacation budget and the vacation won’t happen if boarding/pet sitting trumps the trip in cost. And if it works out, then we have a sitter for life and the dogs can grow the love this person and enjoy their time with them so that we can relax and enjoy our vacation. And YOU can save $25 when you schedule your dog’s first sitter – use the Code KTTW25.
Visit Rover.com today to redeem your discount – holiday season is approaching fast!
Update! This is exciting. During the Rover.com Twitter Chat on Thursday October 3rd, there will be prizes. 1 person will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and 4 more winners will receive $25 Amazon gift cards! Crazy righ???? Mark your calendar for the chat at 6-7 pm PST!
I still feel a little guilty leaving them behind, but it’s getting better. Do you vacation without your dogs?