A time to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect with spouse and family.
But what about our furfamily? How do we go on vacation, or even an overnight getaway when we have pets that rely on us?
This is the conundrum I am currently faced with.
The last time we spent a night – yes, 1 whole night away, was 5 years ago, before that, don’t even ask! My husband and I were given an overnight stay at a hotel in Niagara Falls, a casino no less, and we thought it would be great fun!
We where fortunate to have my mother-in-law offer to stay with our then underage boys, and care for our dog at the time and 2 cats.
Times have changed since then, people get older, children grow up, have their own lives and schedules and the decision to go on vacation has given us a new set of issues.
Who will take care of the animals if we go away?
Although we get along with our neighbours, they have no pets of their own and would not be comfortable caring for ours.
Some people opt for daycare/boarding for their dogs, but since Edie has never experienced this environment we felt this wasn’t an option for our first time away.
So what are our options?
Do we stay at home and enjoy our garden?
Do we go on day trips, always checking our watches, making sure we are not gone too long so Edie isn’t left without a “bathroom break”?
Do we book a vacation that allows us to include Edie!
As much as it would be a lovely thought to spend a week or 2 lounging on a beach, being pampered, sipping on drinks with umbrellas in them, I would be just as pleased, after such a long time without a vacation, to go somewhere local, even though there may not be a beach to lounge on, we can still be pampered, have a drink with an umbrella in it, and get that all important break from the everyday.
So my mission has begun, to see if such a place exists in Ontario, one where I can relax with my husband, include Edie, and not have the worry of wondering if she’s alright and being cared for.
I would love to hear back from other pet parents.
How did you deal with pets and vacations?
Where did you go?
How was your experience?
Would you do it again?
What can I expect and what do I look out for when booking a pet friendly resort/get away?