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 :).