Would you leave your dog with a stranger?

DogVacay - a place where you can find a sitter for your dog.
DogVacay – a place where you can find a sitter for your dog.

“A cozy home with a loving sitter – meet the animal lovers who will treat your pet like family. With DogVacay, your pet stays in a sitter’s home or yours, whether you’re traveling or just out for the day. We have the right sitter for every type of pup, from puppies to seniors to those with special needs:”

This is DogVacay’s slogan. It is a site where people like you and me can register to become a dog sitter. Since I’m a dog lover, (as you all already know from my previous blog posts) I created a profile. I added contact information, a description, pictures of my apartment and informed the dog owners what kind of experience I have and what kind of dogs I’m willing to sit.

However, what surprised me was that no one actually checked if I’m really a dog lover or if I  know anything at all about our furry friends. Even though you have to meet the dog owners and the dogs before you sit them, they can’t for sure know that I’m not a crazy person who beats animals and abuses them. Since everyone can create a profile I’m shocked that the people at DogVacay don’t do a background check before they approve peoples profiles. They write in their slogan that pet owners will meet animal lovers who will treat their pet like family. But how can DogVacay really know that the people who are registered are animal lovers? Since I’m not from America they can’t do a background check on me. But it didn’t take them long to approve me either, which I think it’s crazy.

Everyone can be a sitter at DogVacay.
Everyone can be a sitter at DogVacay.

Even though it is amazing for me to get the opportunity to be a dog sitter, I would never ever let a stranger watch my dog. What if he got beaten and I didn’t know about it? I wouldn’t know if I, week after week, delivered my dog to an abuser. I understand that it is a great offer for busy people. But if you live a busy life and don’t have family or friends you can ask for help when you need it, why get a dog? That’s something I don’t understand and never will understand.

What do you think about how DogVacay operates, and would you leave your dog with a stranger?

Till next time!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. sarahhjorthol says:

    I think you should meet the person who wants to look after your dog, and also see the apartment for yourself. There are a lot of sick people out there, but there are also good ones who just loves animals and needs the company.

    1. Lise Hanssen says:

      That’s true! But even if you meet them, you never know. It can be a crazy person who is good at hiding his or hers true self.

  2. Efrat Shamban says:

    As a beautiful Ridgeback owner, I think the same as you. It’s hard to leave your pet with a stranger and not knowing what’s going on with him. My friend did it 3 months ago and the dog run away. She found him (thank to Facebook) after 2 weeks.

    1. Lise Hanssen says:

      I’m glad it’s not only me that think it is crazy leaving your dog with a stranger. And your friend got (unfortunately) experience the downside doing it. I’m really happy to hear that she found it again! 🙂

  3. saleh8 says:

    I like pets but I don’t know how I can handle them specially dogs I remember when I was in Florida last year I had met my friend with his lovely doge. However, I don’t know why the doge has bad attitude for me, I thought it doesn’t like me at all and when my friend had left the apartment for a while, it was one of my bad moments 😩😩 I could not handle it the was angry and I couldn’t do anything😕😕 I just protect myself 😂😂😂

    I think that doge wasn’t friendly or maybe me 😁😁

    So I think the doge doesn’t like to be with stranger too

    1. Lise Hanssen says:

      The dog could have sensed that you were nervous, which often makes them nervous. And that is also something to think about when you leave your dog with a stranger.. You never know who they will react.

  4. Monoploy says:

    If I had one dog, I would never let him be with someone I don’t know. I think if they could let their dog with the stranger, they are better to not having a dog

    1. Lise Hanssen says:

      I totaly agree with you! Don’t get a dog if you don’t have time!

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