It’s a Dogs Life

By Cheryl Ryan

I love our dog. She’s a sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (quite a mouthful for a little dog) that, at 13 years old, sprints to her dog bowl like a starving hyena, insists on fetch until she can’t breathe, and begs better than any dog I know.

Everything is roses until it’s time for us to take a trip. Finding pet care is stressful.  If I use a house sitter I feel like I need to clean the entire house, prepare a room and fill the fridge – on top of all the other travel to-dos. If I take her to an outside dog-care facility, I worry that they won’t know that she will eat anything and everything in sight, toxic or not. She snores like a truck driver and I can’t help but worry that there may be other animals that aren’t nice to her.  Honestly, by the time I figure out pet care I’m so exhausted I don’t even want to leave.

What I really want is a Mary Poppins for dogs.  Someone to show up right when I need her (dropping from the sky with an umbrella would be preferable), that can produce delicious dog potions from a bag, and clean the house with a few songs and magic.  Then I could walk out the door knowing our house will be better off than when we left and my dog will be better trained and happier upon our return.  Does anyone know someone like that?  I’m in the market.

In lieu of Mary, does anybody have sage dog care advice?   Has anyone used Fetch or Rover?

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  • Reply Kelly September 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Great story.I totally understand what you mean. We have used Rover. We were gone for 2 weeks. I got photos, at first. Things seemed to be working fine until we got home. This woman started the job strong, but we came home to a lot of dog poop that had not been picked up.

    I won’t say that I wouldn’t use those companies again, I would however get to know some of the providers and use them short term here and there until I found one I liked and trusted.

    BTW, we had 4 dogs, 4 cats and chickens at the time.

  • Reply zestandplomb September 18, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience!! Wow you’ve got a full house :). You really need the best pet care.

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