When The Pet Sitter Goes On Vacation

A few weeks ago I went away for a few days without my dogs.  Yes, even the pet sitter goes on vacation.  Luckily my staff is aways ready to step up and help me out and that certainly gives me peace of mind when I go away, at least on the business level.

Louie G
Louie G

The other level is the same experience that my clients have when they leave their pets at home and go out of town.  I miss them, I worry about them, I wonder if they miss me, if all their needs are being catered to, and then of course there is the guilt that I feel for leaving them.

It was 2009 the first time that I left my dogs for vacation and totally in the hands of the pet sitters.  Previously when we would take a vacation either my husband or I would go away, never both together because we didn’t want to leave the dogs alone.  So after having owned Calling All Dogs for 5 years and having a staff I decided it was time to go away and let my staff take care of my dogs.

Walter and Pippen
Walter and Pippen

I was your typical  insane pet parent, I checked in on them daily, worried about them obsessively, missed them desperately. One night I woke up in the middle of the night disoriented and  in a panic because the dogs were not on the bed.  Where are the dogs?  What happened to them?   In about 5 seconds I realized I was not at home and knew everything was alright.

One thing I will never do when I am away is talk to my dogs over the phone.  I did that one time to Spike. The poor dog was in a panic barking and looking for me all over the house.  I felt so bad to have played such a trick on my the poor guy who had no understanding of phones or Facetime.

Now I go away on a regular basis.   For short trips they go to my brothers and visit their “cousins”, for longer visits one of my staff will come and take care of them.  I’m sure they miss me as much as I miss them.  When I come home we are all happy and excited to see each other.  And perhaps enjoy each other a little bit more because of the separation.

Penny Lane
Penny Lane

If you are interested in getting started with professional pet care that will give you peace of mind when you need to be away from your furry friends, contact Calling All Dogs to set up your free in home consultation

Rainy Day Fun with Your Dog

Rainy Day Dog
Rainy Day Dog

OK, it’s been raining now for what feels like a month.  You, your kids and your dogs are just about over being cooped up in the house.  Boredom is settling in which only means one thing, trouble is brewing.  Well here are a few things that you can do with your dog to help them and yourself have a little fun and get some exercise.

HIDE AND SEEK:  This has been one of my go to games for a long time.  It’s easiest to

You can't see me
You can’t see me

start with two people but one person can do it.  Have your dog sit and stay.  (If your dog will not hold the sit this is where the second person comes in) Hide near by, try not to let the dog see where you go but don’t make it hard in the beginning.  Have a treat handy and call your dog to you.  Call only once, if they are having a hard time finding you, give them a hint and call them again.  As the game progresses you can hide in more challenging place.  This is also a great training technique for teaching your dog to know where you are at all times.

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