Animal lovers often find it difficult to leave home for any length of time for fear their precious pets won’t be able to handle the environment of a kennel or a doggie day care facility. This problem has been solved by creative travelers who truly enjoy pets so much they want to spend their vacations enjoying the company of pets who’s owners are on their own vacations or work trips. No matter whether the home will be vacant a few days of a few months, there are people looking to make a trip to your town to care for your home and most importantly your pets. Pet sitting is one of the newest travel trends that is opening the doors to new and exciting destinations for those who would otherwise not be able to afford the expenses of hotels, dining out and other things that cant be avoided when traveling.
Pet sitting can be really exciting if you are interested in experiencing a whole new lifestyle. Some homes have chickens, or other small farm animals such as pygmy goats or potbelly pigs and others are full-fledged farms complete with horses and cows. Most of the available homes however come complete with the typical house pets such as dogs and cats or gerbils and guinea pigs. One of the most important aspects of pet sitting is having a knowledge and experience of the type of animal that will be in your care. Other important factors include preparations such as finding out the diet, medical needs and history, and habits or schedule of pets in the home. The more knowledge present, the better the pet sitting experience will be for the sitter and the pet.
Travelers interested in opportunities for the perfect combination of animals, locations and homeowner personalities are finding their perfect matches on the Internet. Networking pages are popping up to provide prospects lots of resources for checking references, discussing past experiences and ensuring the fit is perfect for both parties. One of the most important things to remember if you want to establish yourself is that reputation is everything and you have to always leave a good impression with each family you work with. This is a job wherein the lives and health of pets is in your hands and for many their animals might as well be children. These people are putting not only their homes and belongings in your care but the well being of their most treasured companions and this is not typically taken lightly.
No matter where you would like to travel or what you hope to see and do while there it is possible that pet sitting might offer you an opportunity to spend more time and less money at your desired destination. This is also a great choice for those who like to cook for themselves or try to eat a particular diet that isn’t very compatible to eating out all the time. Most hotels don’t offer full kitchens without being very expensive and for those looking for work and travel opportunities this type of expense is out of the question. The benefits of pet sitting can be great but it is important to be sure the pets and sitters experience are a good fit.
Disclosure: This post was written by third party writer Sophia Addison and each photo is linked to the photographer for appropriate attribution.