Friends of mine are big fans of Airbnb, the site that lets you rent someone’s home for your next trip instead of booking a hotel room. Now there’s a pet-oriented site that reminds me of that model. DogVacay, now operating throughout Canada and the US, allows you to look up a host for your dog in the city of your choice. The hosts will care for your dog in their own home while you need it, usually for $25 to $30 daily.
One of the things we quickly realized when we got a cat was that we couldn’t just leave town for a couple of days without thinking about how we’d make sure he was cared for. People who are willing to come over and put out some kibble in exchange for cheap booze from the duty free are very much appreciated in our family. Dogs, however, need walks and bathroom trips, so they require even more arrangements for care when their owners are out of town. Most of the people I know who don’t have a regular dog sitter rely on kennels or hiring someone to come to their home, but a lot of dogs hate kennels and doggie babysitting can get quite expensive. I can see DogVacay being a great option for a lot of my dog-loving friends.
Would you use a service like DogVacay? What arrangements do you make for your pets when you’re away from home?
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