If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might be familiar with my pup, Bruno. He’s the sweetest little guy, but like a lot of dogs, he gets pretty upset when I have to leave him alone.
He stays by himself for most of the day when I’m at work and I usually feel too bad about leaving him at home to go out and do anything in the evening. I used to be able to leave him with my roommate once in a while, but now that I’m living on my own, it’s not an option any more. Enter, DogVacay.
DogVacay is a website/app that helps you to find a great pet sitter! They contacted me about trying their service and sent me and Bruno for mini vacays for the night. The process was really simple. I just did a search for sitters in Seattle and found several nearby to choose from. You can read sitters’ bios, including what type of home/yard they have, whether they have pets of their own, what training courses they have completed, how many years of experience they have, and more. Best of all, you can read reviews from their past clients to see if they would be a good match for you and your pet. I chose a sitter with great reviews who lived close by and we arranged a meet and greet so that she could meet Bruno and I could see where he’d be staying. She seemed great, so I went ahead and booked an overnight vacay for Bruno and he stayed with her on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, my boyfriend Aaron and I got to have a night out on the town without worrying about Bruno being sad at home! We went to a nice restaurant called Tilth that he suggested. They had an impressive menu which boasted a wide range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and some crazy good cocktails. We each ordered the seasonal Vegan Tasting Menu, which was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. It included Watermelon Gazpacho, Chilled Sweet White Corn Soup, Mixed Baby Lettuces, Pot au Feu, Carnaroli Risotto, and Chocolate Sorbet… and it was absolutely delicious.
If you go (and you should), you MUST try the lavender daiquiri. It’s slightly sweet, light tasting, and deceptively strong. I want to be drinking one every night. We had also planned on going to the Sci-Fi museum but didn’t make it there in time, so we’ll have to save that for another night. Don’t worry, we still got our nerd fix by curling up with some cups of tea and watching Firefly later on.
It was beautiful patio weather, so we sat outside. It was too dark to get any good photos once our food started coming out and I failed to get a picture of us together, because I never remember to do things like that when I’m out, but here is a portrait of us that I commissioned from a local artist.
While we were enjoying our vegan feast, Bruno’s sitter, Kelsey sent me occasional “pup”dates so that I knew he was having a good time on his mini vacay and I could see what he was up to. All DogVacay reservations also include 24/7 customer service for owners and sitters, and free pet insurance. It was so much easier to enjoy the night knowing that he was in good hands!
Want to try out DogVacay for yourself so you can have a getaway? They’re generously offering all Brighter Sides readers $10 off their first DogVacay with the promo code KELSIBSIDES
We are very thankful to DogVacay for sending us on our mini vacays and will be using them again to find a sitter in September for a few days. Alas, Kelsey will be back in school then and won’t be available to watch Bruno, but I’m confident that I can use DogVacay’s website to find another awesome sitter for Bruno!
By Kelsi Eldredge