As a pet owner you’ll know the dreaded feeling when you think about leaving your pet. There are times when your pet’s age, health or travelling regulations make taking your pet with you impossible, times when you have to look at the prospect of leaving our pet in the care of someone else. I am an owner of a loving older dog and know all too well the hassle of trying to figure out what to do with my pet when I travel.
Founded by Sheena, an animal loving entrepreneur on a mission to provide safe options for pet owners when they have to leave their pet.
My baby Summer came into my life in 2011 during one of the hardest times of my life! When I seen Summer on an adoption listing in a Spanish newspaper I knew I had to meet her. At our introduction I knelt down and she sniffed me and started wagging her tail like nobody business, I even got a kiss. All I knew about Summer is that she was a 3 year old chihuahua who had been abandoned by her owner. I knew at first sight she was the one for me and on that day I promised I would love her forever and never leave her. I felt I had a duty to give her the best life I could. It wasn’t long before she became my sidekick, going everywhere with me – to work, social events,restaurants and even holidays. We made such a crazy bond over the comfort we’ve both been able to provide for each other and her gratitude for being rescued is visible every day, and in a way she rescued me too.
Life in Spain was very different, you can take your four legged friend pretty much anywhere you want and we did a fair amount of travelling, Summer has always been my shadow, accompanying me to Dubai, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Portugal, Greece and all around the UK. Yes, she is one well traveled pooch!
When I moved back to the UK I realised we didn’t have as much freedom to be together as much as we did in Europe, UK regulations seemed to be a lot stricter. She was also in her senior years now and didn’t really have the the energy she used to for travelling. She preferred to be in the comfort of her own home relaxing and sleeping. I’ve always dreaded the thought of Summer travelling in Cargo and could never put her through this at her old age. She also suffered with separation anxiety, which added to the difficulty of my traveling and having to leave her occasionally.
Fortunately, I am blessed to have a wonderful mum that also loves our furry friends and will happily have Summer whenever she can. But Mum can’t always be there and I’ve had to cancel my travels on occasions to stay with Summer. I did try searching for pet sitters online but it all seemed very confusing. I didn’t know where to turn and who to trust. Summer is my world and maybe I’m over protective, but I couldn’t bear the thought of something happening to her whilst I was away from home. That’s when I had my eureka moment!
Why isn’t there a trusted professional pet care service in my area, or for that matter, the UK? Why isn’t there a place that matches pets with their ideal pet carers, a website that uses a sophisticated search facility to find vetted carers?
So the House My Pet idea was born and things have been moving pretty fast ever since!
All of the services on the House My Pet platform are individually assessed to ensure every pet care match is perfect for each pet’s needs. It was created to put nervous pet owners and their pets at ease. I for one cannot wait to share this revolutionary pet carer service with you.