Airbnb for Dogs

Dr. J is almost done with his first rotation of PGY2 (post graduate year #2)! Yippee!

Thank goodness I have our dog, Luke Skywalker, to keep me company sane. Getting a dog during intern year was probably the best decision ever, even though I do most of the care taking/walking/feeding, our little guy has definitely our lives much happier. That said, for residency we find ourselves in a city without much family around and our only friends are other residents (or attached to other residents). This leaves us in a conundrum of what-to-do-with-the-dog-when-we-want-to-go-to-a-wedding/weekend away and can’t take our furry child with us.

Enter Rover.com

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This awesome little website is like Airbnb for dog sitting and is available in most big cities. And is awesome.

How it works:

Enter in the dates you need a sitter for your dog and your city.

Pick one of the reviewed/vetted/background checked/dog-loving sitters in your area to set up a meet-and-greet

If all goes well, pay via the website and voila!

Your dog gets to stay with a loving family/person and doesn’t have to go to a kennel during your vacation!

And! Doggies are covered by Rover Pet Insurance during their stay (just in case)

Rates are determined by the sitters but are often much lower than the cost of kennel (and without all the risks of a stay at a kennel!)

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Luke having fun with his staycation family!

Luke now has his own “staycation family.” We found a lovely young couple who live just a few blocks away from us who are our go-to Rover sitters. We were initially a little worried about leaving our separation-anxiety-prone-previous-shelter-dog Luke with strangers. However, because he was allowed to meet them and explore their home first, and he was the only dog in the house (aka center of attention), everything went great! We have four weddings this summer/fall, three of which we both get to go to (!), so Luke’s going to get several staycation weekends with his second family.

Wedding season here we come,

Bridget (& Luke Skywalker)

p.s. I have no affiliation with Rover.com nor did they pay me to write any of this, I am just a happy customer!

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