I hope you had a pawesome weekend!
Summer is around the corner, and many of you are probably now planning your travels. Are you planning to travel with our without your pet? will you consider leaving them and going without them? Today’s guest blogger Emma Lawson, a passionate writer, teacher, mother to two boys and a proud owner of one beautiful German shepherd.
Traveling is discovering the world and experiencing new, extraordinary places; no feeling in the world can compare to that. Getting out of your comfort zone and leaving behind the people you love can be difficult, but eventually they get used to it; but can your loyal and devoted friend-for-life get used to not having you around, or even worse, will he forget about you after some time? Still, we cannot say that taking your furry friend with you is an option, especially when you know that the conditions of the journey will not suit his needs or when there is no pet-friendly accommodation in the place you are visiting. So, can people with pets actually travel without them?
Yes – but Not Spontaneously
Let us get one thing straight, it is possible to travel when you have a good friend who is willing to endure that responsibility of babysitting and whom your pet knows. Just forget about those spontaneous weekend travels with your friends. No way you can find someone so soon and even if you do the adjustment period for your dog can be too short. Of course, you can leave your pet in some of the hotels that take dogs, but that has its issues too, especially if the dog is 100% dependent on you. Expect that look of overwhelming sadness as soon as you start walking towards the door, and perhaps you even give up your spontaneous journey.
… But If You Plan Everything…
And we mean actually plan some time ahead. As soon as you adopt your furry friend you should focus on socializing him with your guests, friends and family. This way, you will always have at least one person that will be able to take care of him when you take off. You can also leave your dog at a doggie daycare just to check will he be able to stay in a doggie hotel during your travels. If you are leaving your pet to someone, make sure you give clear instructions about food, walking, pampering and all those things to have in mind, including bathing products and Bravecto flea treatment, just in case.
… And Relax…
If you have done everything right you deserved to enjoy your travel without any kind of abandonment guilt torturing you. Now, that does not mean that you should forget about your pet while away. On the contrary, you can ask your pet-sitter to help you reach out to him via Skype, and give him just a glimpse of hope that you will not forget about him. You would not believe it, but there are some countries which are not very dog friendly, so leaving your pet behind has been the right choice. Now, perhaps you decide to boycott such states, but who on earth would not love to visit Hawaii, Mexico, China, French Polynesia, etc. On the other hand, if you find it heartbreaking to leave your furry pet, and decide to take him with you, opt for some of the most pet-friendly countries of the world, like France, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Australia, and others.
It is truth that your dog needs your companionship and interaction during the whole day, and you will probably never avoid feeling guilty about leaving him to someone else, but if you leave him to good hands and plan everything in advance there should be no problems.