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Pet tips
June 24, 2013, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Unfortunately, our family’s travel plans this week don’t include Murray, our four-legged companion. Sea World and Legoland aren’t dog-friendly. And, the eight-hour car ride wouldn’t be much fun either, though I imagine Murray would be the best-behaved, least needy of our three little passengers. I can’t complain about our other two; we’re all going to have a blast. A big part of relaxing and having fun includes knowing Murray’s in good hands while we’re away. And, we’re totally set there. My brother and sister-in-law have watched Murray before and are looking forward to it. Anyone in my situation can do a few things to make life easy for the pet sitter. First, we had Murray bathed and groomed yesterday. Next, I prepared his “Care Sheet” for my relatives. This includes his feeding schedule and amount per meal, acceptable snacks (since he has food allergies), a line about his evening walk routine, a phone number and address for the pet emergency clinic closest to them and some other helpful pieces of information, like “If you want to get Murray really tired, try this…” and “If you encounter another dog while you are out walking, expect this behavior…”. And, in big, bold letters, I include this: “Never allow Murray off-leash except when you are in your home or a secure yard.” I would feel terrible if they ever got separated from Murray and know they would too. His weekend bag includes his food/food and water bowls, treats, bedding, leash and favorite toys. When I go to drop Murray off, I’ll take a quick walk around their house and yard, looking for potential hazards — things that non dog-owners might not consider. Gum or candy left in a dish on a low coffee table, for example, could be a real problem. I don’t think Murray would explore, but don’t want to take that chance. 

 

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Customer Service, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff. His companion, Murray, oversees him.

 

 

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