The hardest thing about getting ready for Japan hasn’t been packing for mountains, beaches and everything in between, or the language and distance hurdles, or making sure our co-workers won’t let things descend into anarchy while we’re away.
By a wide margin, it’s getting ready for a whole month without our pets.
Whether you’ve found a doggy day care for your furry family, or have a human family member (or friend) looking after them, there’s a lot of particulars you know of your animal companions that your chosen pet sitter may not.
Making sure you’ve provided what you can to keep your pets comfortable is only half of the equation – you also want to provide you pet sitters with as much information as possible to make them comfortable.
If you’ve done your best for both parties, you’ll have the best scenario possible.
So what information should your pet sitters receive? Here’s a little list you can follow (not including the obvious stuff!):
This week has been beyond crazy. We know, we’re a bit behind! We’re sorry! A combination of unexpectedly hectic work, and expected things at work being unexpectedly time-consuming or draining, have us both reeling a bit. But, regular service resumes – with some make-up posts coming, too.
Another thing that’s conspired against me this week as been a few broken nights thanks to a certain agitated, whiny husky.
Not pictured: agitation and/or whining.
But it serves to illustrate a point we’ve found ourselves talking about recently – how pets ‘talk’ to us, and how sometimes they train us as much as we train them.
It’s hard for one to leave the furry ones behind when you go on vacation – but it’s even harder for them. Animals can’t comprehend the separation, and will need some special care while you’re gone.
Our three are completely different personalities. Juju will cuddle with just about everyone and on the outside will probably seem fine. But at home she gets to sleep on the bed with us and gets regular wrestling she will probably not get while we’re gone – and she will notice.
Kooky is a pack dog, and we’re the pack he’s been with the longest. From experience we know he lasts about 12 hours before he starts waiting by the door for us to return. Minette is our little queen, but she’s been my girl wince elementary. Last time I was gone for an extended period she properly learned to meow to get the affection I normally gave.
Such a tough life for this royalty… she needs spoiling 24/7.
When we first got Juju, we inherited her old clothing… and we were not a fan of all the pink. Edward was not a fan of dressing her at all, but I knew that as a small dog, in the colder weather she would need some covering.
We tried a couple things over the years, having never been the dress-up-your-dog type we didn’t know what exactly would work for her and for us.
Finally, an impulse purchase of mine led to the best thing we had to put her in over the fall – a knit sweater. We told ourselves if we could find anymore we’d buy them for her, because they were easy to get off and on and she didn’t mind them at all.
So guess what she got for Christmas this year.
She’s too cute in a sweater.