Tomorrow I will be traveling to Phoenix to attend the annual BlogPaws Conference. It’s a wonderful opportunity for pet bloggers because we get to network with each other, meet professionals from the leading pet brands, check out the latest pet industry trends and attend educational sessions from top professionals in the blogging field. I’ve been planning the trip for months and I am excited to attend, but there is a part of me that feels guilty about traveling without my pets.
I don’t know if this feeling is a universal emotion that all pet parents have, but it is definitely an unsettling sensation I get whenever I plan to be away from my furry family members.
The feeling is heightened for this trip because it will be Bailey’s first time as an only dog while I am away. (My husband Ken will be attending the conference too.) It is always hard to leave the fur kids behind when we travel, but up until now Bailey’s had her big brother Cody to watch her back. This time she will have to rely on our two cats Spike and Tiger and their friendship with her is lukewarm, at best.
Of course, the three of them won’t be on their own during the 48 hours I will be away. Their good friend and pet sitter Claire will be at their side taking care of them and pretty much catering to their every whim.
That said I still had to do something to soothe my guilt about traveling without them so I bought all of their favorite treats. I bought so many treats I am positive Claire will think that is all they eat, but it made me feel better.
How To Prepare Your Pet
There are lots of great tips on the Internet about how to prepare your pet when you have to travel. They offer solutions like:
- Plan your pet’s care well in advance of your trip.
- Make sure they are in a safe and caring environment that fits their temperament.
- Have your pet’s favorite bed, toys and food available.
- Leave instructions about any medications or special diet that needs to be administered.
- Leave your contact information.
- Make sure your dog or cat is up-to-date on vaccinations if you are boarding them.
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My Personal Travel List
In addition to the tips above, I have a few favorite ways to prepare my pets for the time I will be away. They are all designed to stop any feelings of guilt you are experiencing.
- Pack your suitcase while your pets are in another room. This prevents your dog or cat from building a bed inside your luggage or lying listlessly beside it.
- If your pet happens to see you packing, Do Not look them in the eye. You run the risk of seeing the expression of hope on their face that says, “Maybe I get to go too.”
- Once you are packed put the suitcase in the trunk of your car so you don’t succumb to that hopeful look and change your mind.
- Give you dog or cat lots of treats and hugs until it is time to walk out the door.
- Go back in the house for one last hug.
- Sneak them on the plane whenever possible.
Watch for the next post on Monday because I am sure it will be full of information about all of the amazing people and brands I met during the BlogPaws Conference.