What to Do with Your Dog When Vacationing This Winter

Book a doggie vacay and call in sick to the kennel

By Christina Doyle


Planning to get away this holiday and dreading the kennel boarding of your furry friend? If you haven’t heard of the latest trend in the dog hotel world yet, you’re about to. And we confidently say ahead of time, you’re welcome.

Founded in 2012 by a dog-loving husband and wife, Dogvacay.com is now available to North American dog owners who are looking for a special someone to care for their pooch while they hit the beach or the slopes this holiday – guilt free. Why not give yourself some peace of Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 3.59.35 PMmind and give your dog a fun vacation while you are enjoying yours?

How does it work? Best described as an Airbnb-style of dog sitting, you can search the website for the perfect caretaker with a loving home near you. Pet sitters are organized by their pre-set daily rates and include their image, bio and details. You can schedule, book and pay online, and reservations even include free pet insurance. If you are feeling uneasy about the ‘stranger factor,’ try the option to set up a meet-and-greet before booking. If you prefer your dog to stay in your home, caretakers can accommodate that too. If desired, they can even send pictures and updates while you are away.

Hosts may also range in their service offerings and could include doggie day care, walking, and training. Essentially, this is an online network of dog lovers and enthusiasts who are ready and available to love your dog as their own. For more information, watch the video on their website.