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A LEG UP PET SERVICES 756 Bathurst, 416-538-3800, alegup.ca
So you're off to some exotic locale or forced family vacation in the middle of nowhere. What to do with your pets?
Pawning them off on friends always leaves you a little anxious - they'll never let you forget it if Fido empties his bladder on their pristine white carpet/bed sheets/walls.
This is where professionals come in. But who to trust?
A Leg Up Pet Services has been in the biz for over 70 dog years, has cared for just about every breed of dog and cat, and is fully bonded and insured.
Staff are police checked and receive ongoing training, and there are enough of them so your pet won't be stranded in case of bad weather or illness. They also check in with you via email or journal to let you know how your furry friend is faring, and have a sense of humour. (My cat's last report card said he was as friendly "as an ostrich with his head in the ground.")
For canines, A Leg Up offers three "un-kennel" options for when you're away: homestay (a staff member comes to your home), homestyle (your dog stays in a staff member's home) and a Leg Up North (your dog stays on scenic rolling acreage in the Hockley Valley).
For cats, they offer half-hour cat visits to your home, where they're also happy to water plants, bring in the mail or rotate lights.
A Leg Up picks You don't have to leave town to take advantage of A Leg Up's pet care. The team says puppy visits are one of their most popular services. "For pups under 16 weeks, we'll go to a client's home, take the pup out, encourage bathroom breaks, tire him or her out and support basic training."
Look for For those who have long days at work, doggy daycare comes in handy. It's especially great in the summer, because dogs get socialization and exercise with the benefit of air conditioning at A Leg Up's 4,000-square-foot location. They play games designed by an Animal Behavioural College-accredited trainer, like Tic-Tac-Paw.