As a pet parent, there are several options available for pet care when you go out of town. You can leave your pet at a boarding facility, pet sitter, or leave them with friends or family. As a Veterinary Technician, I have cared for many boarding pets in the past at our hospital boarding facility. I know many pet parents like to check in and see how there pets are doing during their stay away from home.
Recently, I was introduced to a service that connects pet parents with their furry friends while they are away. The service is called "How's My Dog" and it allows you to receive daily updates from your pet and the boarding facility they are staying at. The best part? It's easy to use and free. There are 4 simple steps to using How's My Dog.
1. First of all, ask your boarding facility or pet sitter is they use How's My Dog. If not, it couldn't hurt to ask them to sign up! The How's My Dog website does make it easy to search and see if you're pet's boarding center is already registered too. They will add your contact information and you'll receive a welcome email.
2. Each day, your boarding facility or pet sitter will generate a special message to you from your pet with an update on how they are doing. Below is a sample update message from How's My Dog.
3. Check your email each day you are gone to be connected to your pet instantly and find out how they are doing.
4. If you so desire, you can send a reply message to your pet. The boarding facility staff or pet sitter can then read your message to your pet out loud.
How's My Dog makes it simple to stay connected with your pet while you're away. I know it's easy to miss our pets when we go out of town, so it's nice to be able to know how they are doing on a day to day basis without having to call and check on them everyday. Plus, when you automatically receive a daily email update on your pet, you won't have to call all the time and won't look like one of those "crazy pet owners". Don't worry though, it's completely OK if you are! (We are too.)
If you are a pet sitter or boarding facility owner, I would recommend checking this service out as well. Clients love to feel at ease and be reassured that their pets are in good hands under your care. What better way to gain their trust then by sending them daily updates on their best furry friends? It's a commodity many pet parents will appreciate. There is a small monthly fee associated with the How's My Dog service. To register your boarding center, just click here.
We would love to know your thoughts about the How's My Dog service. Does your boarding center, doggy daycare, or pet sitter offer a service like this? If not, is it something you'd like to see them use in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!
This post is sponsored by How's My Dog. I am being compensated to help spread the word about How's My Dog, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Update - This post was supposed to be sponsored by How's My Dog. However, we were never reimbursed for our services. I could just take the post down, but it did take time and work to write and create. Therefore, I am adding this update just in case others are considering doing business with this company.