Top 5 Ways to Spoil Your Pet While You’re Away


If you had small children and were going away on a vacation, you wouldn’t leave some cans of soup on the counter and leave (we hope.) The same can be said about dogs. Lots of people have upcoming vacations, with the arrival of spring and the idea of summer coming into the picture, RentMoola has some ideas for how to treat your pet while you’re away.

1. Release The Hounds

RentMoola has partnered with Release The Hounds as one of our MoolaPerks. Release The Hounds is one of the largest and most respected dog care companies in the Greater Vancouver region. They provide a range of services including dog walking, and boarding/house-sitting in a safe and fun environment. They also provide event sponsorship and workshops as part of their commitment for whole dog well-being. To give you peace of mind, their staff is committed to the fundamental principles of safety, reliability, and being trustworthy;al our dog walkers are bonded, licensed, insured, and canine first aid certified. Since their inception in 2005, we have safely completed over 120,000 dog walks. We offer a variety of group walking programs in the Greater Vancouver area that takes your dog from the beaches and parks of Vancouver to the mountain trails of the North Shore. Release The Hounds is so confident that you will be satisfied with their services, they offer a “100% Dogtastically Happy Guarantee” which ensures that if for any reason you are not happy with the days service, they will move mountains to make it right or your money back. RentMoola members’ receive a 10% discount on any 10-pack of dog walks. That’s 1 free walk! For more details, visit our website and sign up free to see a full list of our MoolaPerks!

2. Jet Pet Resort

RentMoola has also partnered with Jet Pet Resort. Jet Pet Resort has quickly become one of Vancouver’s most trusted luxury pet hotels. Based at YVR airport, they are conveniently located about 20 minutes’ drive from downtown. They accommodate both cats and dogs in a variety of comfortable suites in order to give you peace of mind while you are away. Their services include not just overnight stays, but an exciting daycare service as well. They have a team of trained and experienced Pet Specialists to cater for your pet’s individual needs in their fun, safe and friendly environment. They provide webcam access, indoor and outdoor play areas, relaxing lounges, spa treatments and plenty of cuddles and playtime. With their opening hours from 6:30am to 10pm 365 days a year, they are there when you need them. They recognize that caring for the family dog or cat is a privilege that comes with great responsibility and they continually strive to offer an experience that promotes their wellbeing, and your peace of mine. RentMoola members’ pets receive a free luxury bath (up to a $75 value) OR a free room upgrade during their stay at the Jet Pet Resort. For more information on this perk, and a full list of our MoolaPerks, sign up free to become a RentMoola member. For more information on Jet Pet Resort, visit their website.

3. Pipsqueak Pups

Owner Sonja is passionate about small dogs, and started her dog daycare business out of a desire to have the perfect spot for her pooch Charlie. Originally a block from the Olympic Village SkyTrain Station, she just opened a new and improved 2,400 square foot facility at 5th and Manitoba.

Testimonial: “I take my dog Murphy here once in a while, and he sleeps for two days when he gets home. The best part is that Sonja is constantly taking photos and videos of the wee ones interacting, and she posts them onto her Facebook page.”

The facility is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and I haven’t met nicer staff anywhere in the city. Everyone is friendly and seems genuinely thrilled to be hanging out with your tiny dog.

4. Heather’s Place

Heather’s Place, just off Main Street, is separated into two floors: one for the big dogs and one specially suited for the wee ones.

Testimonial: “Heather told me once it wasn’t to protect the small dogs — it was to make sure the petite pooches didn’t annoy the bigger ones. Think of it as passive conflict avoidance.”

The facility has a great backyard, and dogs spend every other hour chilling outside. Come the nice summer months, the yard is filled with beach umbrellas and Kiddy pools to keep your wee one shaded. And all three indoor playrooms are air conditioned, should the need arise.

This is a spot that really understands the quirks of small dogs. Knowing that dogs get really freaked out by Halloween fireworks, it offers a by-donation after-hours “safe haven” on the holiday.

It also caters to senior dogs and dogs with disabilities. Service dogs are always treated to a free nail trim and get discounts on services.

5. Canine Adventure Den

This Mount Pleasant haunt has a 1,000 square foot facility especially for small dogs, including an outdoor area. This “Disneyland for Dogs” sets up sprinklers and pools in the summer so wee ones can run and play and soak up the sun in a front patio area. There’s a daily nap hour from 1 to 2 p.m. so pups can take a much-needed rest.

This is a great spot if you’ve got a new puppy too. The daycare has a separate puppy facility where it welcomes wee ones aged eight weeks and up. The pups are kept separate from the other dogs and staff work on socialization skills. All daycare includes a free bath with every day purchased.

Bonus: This spot is open on Saturdays, and Sundays too, as long as you make an appointment. It also posts photos and videos on Facebook and YouTube.

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Rich Elliott

The author Rich Elliott

Rich is the Marketing Director at RentMoola, he enjoys rugby, food, and his pet Corgi Prince.

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