When it comes to planning a vacation, or going on vacation, not much about it stresses me except for one thing. I don’t worry about the flight, where I’m going to stay, how much money to bring, or even the language barrier. The one thing I worry about with vacations is my dog. Who is going to watch my dog while I’m gone?

You would think it should be relatively easy to get someone to watch a pet. Maybe a friend who also has a pet could do it, and then I would watch their pet when they go out of town. Or perhaps a friend who is in his 30s and still lives with his parents would want to have a place to stay for a week or two, or maybe a friend who would do it just to be helpful.


Leaving your dog
I want to go with you.

When it comes down to it, it’s not that easy, because like a parent leaving a child. I worry. Are they going to do a good job? Are they going to walk her enough? Is she going to escape from the yard and wander off into the streets looking for me? A parent who leaves a child doesn’t have to worry about these items as much, because people place a higher value on children. When a person leaves a child, the watcher (usually family), is going to take care of that child, because no one wants to be the person who has a friend’s child ran over by a car.

But to lose a friend or family member’s dog isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just a dog after all; except of course to the owner of that dog. To some dog owners that dog is a member of the family or the child, and to lose that dog or have that dog harmed would have a similar effect.

What happens when people like me go on vacation? We stress about the one thing that most people don’t stress about, and we hope that even if that dog doesn’t get as much attention as it usually gets from us, that at least it will be alive and well when we return.