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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Expert advice on pet sitting from PSI

7/12/12 Aloha from Maui, Hawaii. Today I would like to welcome to Travel to Maui our guest blogger: Kitsey Burns, Communications Specialist for Pet Sitters International

A wedding is a most joyous occasion for any couple, but there can also be a lot of stress involved in planning a wedding, especially when travel is involved. One of the many things to consider is what to do with pets when planning a trip.

While many pet-owners are now making an effort to include their pets in the wedding festivities this is not always feasible. Especially if you are having a destination wedding! Pet-owners should have the peace of mind that their pets are being properly cared for while they are celebrating their nuptials.

More people are turning to professional pet sitters to assist in the care of their precious family members. PSI pet sitters currently make more than 10 million visits to pet-owning homes each year.

Pets typically experience less stress and anxiety over their owner’s absence when they can remain in a familiar environment. Pet sitters make this possible with daily visits to your home.

In addition to meals, exercise, playtime and cleaning, pet sitters may also administer medications, walk dogs, and perform overnight visits as well as any other pet care duties. Pet sitters also provide vital home care and crime deterrent services such as mail and newspaper pick up, plant care and watering, rotating lights, opening and closing blinds, and placing trash outside for pick up.

Most importantly, you can relax and enjoy your wedding or vacation knowing that a knowledgeable professional is caring for your home and pet.

PSI makes it easy to find in-home pet care from a pet sitter with tailor-made services to care for your pet while you are away. The Pet Sitter Locator contains a complete listing of over 7,000 members worldwide. Be sure to ask for a bonded and insured pet sitter!

PSI also offers a wealth of resources for pet-owners including tips on conducting a pet-sitter interview, information for pet-owners who do plan to travel with pets and much more! Pet Sitters International Founded by Patti Moran in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 7,000 independent professional in-home pet care businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad.