Today I changed the picture on my computer to a lovely landscape scene of a national park in Utah. I’m wishing I were out west on vacation, but that is not going to happen so I have to settle for a picture and my imagination. One advantage of not going on vacation is knowing we don’t have to make plans for our dogs while we are gone. Boarding facilities for dogs have come a long way, though, which is great for pets and their people.
I remember some years ago feeling terrible for leaving Max at a kennel that, up close, did not look at all as I had imagined after reading about it and saving a spot for him over the phone. Every day we were gone I felt guilty for leaving him there, yet hoped it was better than it looked when I dropped him off. Max was an easy going lab and he was fine when I picked him up, but I knew I would be much more careful after that to check out whatever kennel we would use in the future.
Pet boarding facilities have taken on a whole new look since then, so now it is possible to get about anything (and more!) for your dog/s when you need to leave them someplace. I don’t know if there are as many options for other types of pets, but clearly, people love their pets and are willing to do whatever necessary to see that they are well cared for.
One other thought about pets and vacations – I think every day is a vacation day for pets who have a loving home and people to be with. They get to eat (that’s the first priority), play, and sleep, and the cycle goes on and on, regardless of the scenery. So, since I can’t go on a vacation right now, I will look to Kona and Legend for a lesson on how to make the most of each day.