What are your tips for reassuring yourself and your pets while you are away?

A SUMMER OF TRAVEL

During the warmer months many will go on trips, vacations, and travel for work. There are occasion when we (Linda and Allen) travel and we always make sure our animal family members are taken care of if one of us is not home with them. When one of us is traveling and the other is at home, the absent partner calls.

We’re not only checking in with each other but we take this opportunity to exchange small talk with the dog and cat. All right, it would sound silly to someone overhearing us chatting with Leaf while his tail circles as he wags

If you have a speakerphone for this type of call, that is even better. Then the at-home recipient doesn’t have to sit for five minutes holding a phone to the dog’s ear. (Our bird hears telephone conversations all the way from the other room!)

If you have a pet-sitter (who won’t think you’re nuts), you can arrange to phone home when the sitter will be at the house. Then your animals will get their daily dose of love and encouragement.

If you have a video cam, you can videotape yourself talking to your dog or cat and have it played once a day by the at-home person or pet sitter. (Record an audiocassette tape also so you can speak soothingly and reduce your pet’s separation anxiety.) The reassurance of your voice and image will be the highlight of your animal companion’s day.

What are your tips for reassuring yourself and your pets while you are away?

Allen and Linda Anderson
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THE MOST UNUSUAL DOG BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ

A DOG NAMED LEAF: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
By Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson
Lyons Press (November 6, 2012)

THE MOST UNUSUAL DOG BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ

Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were forging a friendship with visits to dog parks and bonding time, Leaf’s emotional issues overwhelmed the couple. Shortly after Leaf’s arrival, Allen, who had spent eight years as a big city police officer and survived so many close calls that Linda called him “Miracle Man,” received a diagnosis from his doctor that made him think his luck had finally run out. Allen had an unruptured brain aneurysm that could be fatal, and the surgery to repair it might leave him debilitated. Having seen his father live for years with the effects of a massive stroke, he dreaded that the worst fate might not be death. What Allen didn’t know is that he and Leaf, like comrades facing the ultimate battle, would be there for each other with the miracle of this man and this dog coming together at exactly the right time.

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