A question I often get is “What do you do with Pippi?” Well, she usually is with us all the time, even on vacation. The only time we don’t take her with us is when leaving the US (she does go to Canada). In those rare situations we prefer to use a more hands on care service. I’m certainly not opposed to commercial kennels or daycares but why put a dog who likes people at a facility that has more dogs than people. What we prefer to do is go with someone whom has a daycare in their home. She gets lots of attention, the cost is lower and she can usually sleep with her sitters. Pippi does not have separation anxiety but we still want to make sure she is getting the best care possible. A few years back we used a service in Minneapolis ran by two wonderful ladies, they actually took field trips every few days. Pippi crowed up a storm and raced around the house when we came to pick her up, after that we were sold. In Atlanta our sitter will even met us at the airport to get Pippi between our connections.
I bring all this up because we had to complete a daycare interview this weekend. For the parents of non-fur children the experience of a daycare interview is not a new thing but it was a first for us. We have found a service in Detroit that seemed like a good fit, a family with children and five years of experience. However we had to schedule an interview, to cover her history and let them see how she behaves. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous, what if they didn’t like her. I know, I know, who wouldn’t fall in love with Pippi. I am excited to say that she passed her interview and we have a daycare service in Detroit now. They will be caring for her while we are in Mexico next week. So not only do I have groomers in about six states I have dog sitters.
***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***