I never look forward to a holiday quite as much as other people.
Don’t get me wrong, the thought of being on a beach in the sun sipping a cocktail makes me feel very excited and I love packing everything and feeling that holiday buzz- but there is always something that looms over me in the months leading up to setting off.
I have 11 pet rats and I absolutely hate leaving them. I don’t just mean that I feel a little bit sad, I worry for months prior to setting off about leaving them. I worry about every detail; what if something happens to one of them whilst I’m away? What if one of them falls ill prior to leaving? What if someone escapes whilst I’m away and I’m 1000 miles away and can’t help find them and they are gone forever and ever and I didn’t get to say goodbye?!?!!! Ok, the fact is I am so dependant on my pets and the time I spend with them that I really do find it extremely hard to spend any time away from them. I do usually find that, once I’m at the airport or on the move, I calm down slightly and manage to enjoy the moment, although the thought of what my boys are up to never fully leaves my mind.
And honestly, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It is normal to worry about people and things that you hold dear to you, and feel sadness when you have to spend time away from them. The reason I have my pets is because I enjoy giving them as much love and attention as they require and deserve. The only way I have managed to combat my fear of leaving my animals is by leaving them with people that I really trust. And by trust, I don’t just mean trust. I trust quite a lot of people in my life; my closest friends, my family.. But I feel the word ‘trust’ holds extra meaning when we are talking about leaving our pets. I trust the people that I leave my pets with to understand how I am feeling, how upset I am about leaving them. I also trust them to understand my pets and to know the signs of when something might be wrong. Ultimately, I also know that my pets trust that person.
This is all something very important to me, and it is something that I have thought long and hard about during the process of setting up Petscapades. For me, being able to offer a service to people who feel like i do when leaving their pets is what it’s all about. I want my clients to be trusting of me, and to know that I understand how they may be feeling about leaving their pet. I also enjoy keeping in touch with people whilst they are away (should they wish) so that they are constantly assured that their pet is fine and having fun.
Millions of people have pets, but I feel that pet ownership is a very personal thing. No pet is the same, therefore no relationship between owner and pet is ever the same. However- we all want what is best for our pets. Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit or smaller friend, please get in touch with me if you wish to discuss your holiday plans. Wherever you are going this year, we hope you have a fantastic time.