The District Magazine LIVE.WORK.PLAY 2018 - Page 28

5 Pet-Friendly Preparations FOR WHEN YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home - as it often does - are you thinking of them before you head out the door? 28 28 With so much to pack and prepare for your trip, it's easy to forget about those you'll leave behind, like your pets. That's why if you're planning to leave for a day or longer, you should make sure to employ these five tips to make sure your pet is happy and safe while you're away. 1. Find a quality pet sitter. Dogs need to be walked and let out during the day, so when you're gone, you'll need a pet sitter to fill these duties. Finding a quality, reliable pet sitter can be the difference between a happy pet and damage to your home when you return. Try to trade sits with a fellow pet owner, and if that's not possible, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters is a nonprofit organization with resources to help you find the best pet sitter for you. 2. Be mindful of the temperature. Knowing the temperature patterns of where you are traveling to plays a big role in how you pack, but have