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New Option in Budget Friendly Pet Care

By DealPro(view all posts by Valuesval)
at 8:30AM Wednesday May 30, 2012
under Money Saving Tips

You know how some people treat their pets like children? I used to be like that. Sadly for my Daisy Doodle, she is now much like a middle child.  Easy going, anxious to please, and sandwiched in between The Firstborn and The Baby (My actual children.)

Recently, we found ourselves headed to the beach for 5 days. We planned to leave after work, drive four hours to Hilton Head, South Carolina, so we could celebrate the end of homework, a seemingly endless stream of school events, and my second tour of duty as The Oldest Kindergarten Room Mom Ever in World History.

Oops.  What about Daisy? I made a quick, last minute call to our expensive Doggie Day Care, only to find there was no room at the Inn. So, I put out an APB on Facebook. While there were lots of suggestions, the clock was ticking, ticking, ticking. Hours before our departure, a 13 year old neighbor ended up volunteering, saving our vacation, and a lot of time and money!  $5 per day for letting out and feeding Daisy, plus bringing in the mail and newspapers.  

I recently found another option as well:  A Dog Sitting Exchange.  DogVacay.com is a start-up in Santa Monica, California that has now expanded into 20 major U.S. cities. Dog lovers post their profiles, experience and rates, and fellow dog lovers contact them for a meetup and trial run, if needed.  The people at DogVacay organize the stay and provide insurance, for a small commission, and in exchange many dog lovers live happily ever after. 

I may try this out next time.  Daisy would most likely have a more fun-filled vacation if she were a house guest in a pet-friendly home with playmates and humans.

Some potential dog sitters listed on DogVacay.com charge around $15 per day, some much more. Compare that with $5 for a teenager or $25 per day (not including food) for the Doggie Five Star Hotel and it could be a nice middle of the road option.

How do you arrange for pet care while on vacation?  I have a feeling a lot of you are much better planners than me  :).