Dog Daycare: What’s Your Plan If You Have an Emergency?

Dog daycare may not be on your top priority list until your 85 year old uncle falls down the stairs, spends 4 days in the hospital, requires 3 weeks of physical therapy and needs to install a stairlift before he can go home and care for his dog who’s now your responsibility or even worse, you’re franticly in need of someone to foster your uncle’s 10 year old dog for several weeks and have no idea how your uncle and his dog will deal with  separation.

This news brief gives you an example of one dog owner’s emergency situation so you’ll have a strategy to create a care team for an injured dog owner and their beloved dog.

Dog Daycare: 8 Helpful Tips for Emergency Coverage

  1. Dog Foster Care – You never know when you’ll need a trustworthy dog sitter who can take over full responsibility for your loved one’s dog in an emergency.  A good strategy would be to have a dog sitter and a foster home in case you need a temporary or permanent solution to care for a senior’s dog when something goes wrong.
  2. Keys – You’ll need at least 5 sets of keys to give out to your care team to handle things like taking out trash, picking up mail or retrieving personal items for your loved one.  You may need to give keys to your dog daycare manager, housekeeper or a service company if work needs to be done.
  3. Phone numbers – Emergency numbers including dog sitters, family members, friends, doctors, home care facilities and financial planners should be kept in a safe place that the care team can access readily.
  4. Dog food & treats – Your care team needs to know where the dog food and treats are kept as well as the daily portions.  You may want to put notes on the refrigerator for easy reference.
  5. Leashes, harnesses and jackets – To make things easy, keep the dog’s leashes, harnesses and jackets in one place near the door you’ll use to take the dog out.  Don’t forget the doggie waste bags too!  You may want to have an emergency kit ready in case you need to bring it along to your dog daycare facility so your senior’s dog will have all the things he needs including one of his toys.
  6. Medications – It’s critical to know all the medications taken by your senior and their dog.  You can keep a list of these items in the kitchen on the refrigerator  with instructions for dosage and where to renew prescriptions as needed.
  7. Veterinarian – Another much needed item on your checklist is the contact information for your senior’s veterinarian including the number for your local emergency animal hospital.
  8. Instructions for dog care – Your senior might have special daily routines with his dog.  A smart idea is to write them down and give them to your care team, dog daycare facility or foster dog parents so everyone has the same instructions for dog care. 

Fred and Sasha’s Story

  • Fred – The good news here is that Fred had a care team in place and were able to put a plan together immediately. Since Fred managed to dial 911 to get emergency help for himself, the next top priority was finding a foster home for his dog, Sasha, a lively 10 year old Cairn Terrier who looks like Toto from the well known classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.  After a long discussion with his care team including what to do about dog daycare, of High Energy Dogscourse, Fred agreed to the installation of a stairlift as the first step to safe-proofing his home.  Fred can’t wait to come home from from the rehab facility so he can be reunited with his best pal Sasha.  He’s grateful for his care team beyond words.
  • Sasha – As part of Fred’s care team, I’m lucky to be able to take Sasha for weekly walks by the ocean.  Even though I know Sasha could literally lift me off my feet if I let her pull me down the street, she is a perfect example of a well behaved dog.  Fred says that Sasha loves anyone she’s with, however I’m certain her heart remains with her owner and I bet she can’t wait to come home soon and be with Fred.  Dog daycare in Sasha’s case would be only for emergencies.

This short story gives you a heartwarming story and tips for emergency coverage so you can put together a care team for your loved one and their dog in case something unforeseen happens.

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Dog Sitting: Dogs I’ve Loved and Left Around the World

Dog SittingDog sitting services require experienced people who take over responsibility for your dog along with an understanding that with someone else’s dog, sooner or later they have to wave goodbye to their new four legged friend even if it breaks their heart and your dog, who doesn’t know why they’ve been deserted, may go through an extended period of separation anxiety after your dog sitter is long gone.

Thanks to guest blogger, world traveler and author, Gabrielle Yetter, this news brief gives you a description of what its like to care for other people’s dogs when you know you have to leave them at some point.

A Dog Sitting Journey told by Gabi Yetter

Our first was Noisette, the chocolate Labrador who loved to hike in France. Then came Bengy, a feisty spaniel who leaped four feet onto stone walls in the Italian countryside. Lulu was a nervous little terrier who wanted Parmesan cheese sprinkled on her food and Fritz was an enormous Belgian Malinois who guarded the ecolodge in Nicaragua with a ferocious attitude, sprinting after anything that threatened his space.

House-sitting for other people’s dogs is rather like having grand-children – or so they say. You love every minute you spend with them then hand them back when you’re done. Thing is, with most of the dogs we’ve had on our dog sitting travels, we don’t want to hand them back at all.

Our house-sitting adventures began after we quit our jobs, sold our home and moved to Cambodia in 2010. After almost four years, we decided to spread our wings and spend time in new parts of the world. Staying in other people’s homes. Taking care of other people’s pets.

Dog SittingI’d grown up in a houseful of dogs and cats, Skip is an avid animal-lover and in Cambodia our landlord didn’t allow pets. So, for us, living with other people’s animals was a special treat.

We signed up with a house-sitting site, contacted places that appealed to us and jumped in.

As to be expected, along with the pleasure of animal companionship and dog sitting comes responsibility. In France, we had to take Noisette to the vet when she got a stick in her eye, and in England we hauled Rufus, a 120 pound Golden Retriever into a taxi to go to the animal hospital when he seemed unwell. While out running in the countryside in Italy, I needed to carry Betty (a Maltese poodle) when she was being pursued by another dog and, in Florence, during a dramatic Easter firework display, I had to huddle in a corner of the street to console a terrified Lulu. Fritz scared the daylights out of us one day when he sprinted down a path on the volcano in pursuit of a creature in the jungle. We never learned what he found but he returned to the lodge with blood on his paw and a victorious look on his face.

Dog SittingDog sitting in France, we cared for two skittish rescue dogs whose owners roasted and froze 72 chicken legs for us to feed them while they were away. In England, Brownie the Springer Spaniel chewed up a doctor’s receipt, making it impossible for us to get reimbursed by insurance. And last Christmas, one of the five Chihuahuas we were tending nipped Skip on the leg when we first met.

Although once was enough for the Chihuahuas and the French rescue dogs, we often fall in love with our surrogate dogs and it’s always hard to say goodbye.

We have our list of dog sitting favourites and it’s getting longer: Rufus, the soppy slobbery Golden, who leaps enthusiastically into ponds and rivers, dragging five feet-long tree trunks in his jaw then shaking himself all over us; Bolle the enormous Mastiff who weighs more than I do and is a huge soppy bundle of love; Betty the Maltese who is a powder puff of fluffy happiness; Bengy the spaniel who ran with us in the countryside then slept on our bed; Alli the Ridgeback in Nicaragua who was as loving as she was large; Meg and Nelly, the elderly Labradors in Portugal who slowly meandered along dirt roads as they were losing their eyesight.

And while we’ve now been dog sitting and house-sitting for more than three years and have doggy pals scattered all over the world, I’m pretty confident there are many more Bettys, Allis, Nellys and Bengys in our future.

Dog SittingGabi Yetter, guest blogger, is a lover of dogs and all animals, an author, a foodie and a traveler.  Photos in this article feature Gabi and Skip Yetter with their doggy pals.

This news story gives you Gabi’s account of taking care of other people’s dogs while traveling around the world.

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