My daughter and I just got back from a 11 day trip to Japan, leaving our dog Dewey and our cat Angel at home.
Travel can be fun but could also be stressful if you are leaving your pet family members behind…I was a mess!!
Having a Sitter Stay Over
This time, I decided to have a trusted pet sitter stay over at our house to care for Dewey and Angel.
Angel is now 13 years old and more free-spirited than ever (LOL).
Dewey is 5 and has never been separated from his mom (me!) for more than a couple of days.
Soooo, it made sense to have them stay home where they feel most comfortable and have a great pet sitter stay with them.
What to Do with Food…
So, the next thing I had to decide was what to do with Dewey’s food.
I was cooking for both Dewey and Angel, but Angel is now back on cat food per her request. (LOL)
There are many options as you can imagine.
What I decided was to meeting in the middle; making feeding time as simple as possible for our sitter and also providing home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients with the help of pet food from the store.
Our sitter would take a 1/2 cup of the base mix and add warm water.
Then, add a pouch of protein to it. I had 3 varieties: tofu & eggs, a seafood mix and tofu & ground turkey.
Pretty simple, isn’t it?
Have Some Meal Options For Different Situations
I normally stay away from store-bought dog food in efforts to eliminate preservatives, additives, artificial coloring, etc. in diet.
But, I do think that dry kibble or even canned food make sense sometimes, for example, an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or in the owner’s absence for whatever the reason may be.
I want Dewey to be able to handle dog food even with undesirable ingredients and not get diarrhea (LOL) in case he has to live on it for whatever the reason.
So, I do not stress about feeding him ideal food all the time.
I even switch ingredients often and change the type of meals to help his system get used to processing food flexibly.
Well, going off subject here…
Anyway, there are many ways to prep meals that work for your dog when you have to leave them behind.
What do you normally do for your dog’s meals when traveling?
Please share your meal ideas!
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