Summer Time

Have you heard? It’s big news. Summer IS coming! Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. That big yellow thing in the sky finally showing is proof. Planning summer travel with your best fur friend? We’ve got a few reminders to ensure a successful trip.

Autumn Colunga · May 28, 2019

Sum-Sum-Summer Time!  

Have you heard? It’s big news. Summer IS coming! Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. That big yellow thing in the sky finally showing is proof. Planning summer travel with your best fur friend? We’ve got a few reminders to ensure a successful trip.

Remember to call ahead

If you plan to stay at a hotel or motel along the way remember to call ahead. Many resorts do make accommodation for pets, but they may have size or breed restrictions. In addition, there may be a surcharge for bringing a pet. Sometime it’s a daily charge, sometimes it’s a deposit. Either way you’ll want to be prepared and calculate this into your travel budget.

Call the Babysitter

If you plan to board your pet, you will want to reserve your space early. You can make arrangements through one of the larger online companies such as Rover at They have many options for you. Some of the agents will have you bring your pooches to them, some will come and stay at your pad. You’ll want to specify your preference. The fee schedule is customized to your particular needs.

If you prefer to board your pets at a larger facility, they may require proof of vaccinations. Bordetella is generally non negotiable. Bordetella is the bacteria that causes respiratory infections in dogs, most commonly known as “kennel cough”. If you don’t want to give any special meds or vaccinations, you may need to go with a private sitter. Always negotiate pricing ahead of time. Most pet sitters charge anywhere from $25-$50 per day PER pet. This can make a major dent in a vacation budget, so make sure there are no surprises.

Leave Clear Information

No matter what arrangements you make for your pet you’ll want to make sure they are prepared. Leave a list of important information. In the event of an emergency, what veterinarian would you like them to go to? If you can’t be reached immediately, discuss in advance a dollar figure you are ok with them spending without question. You may even consider a call to your regular animal clinic ahead of time. You might want to leave a credit card on file for them and provide them with the dates you will be away in the unfortunate event something comes up. They are usually more than happy to play a role in keeping your pet safe and healthy until your return.

Make sure to clarify any medications, allergies or special needs your dog may have. If they are taking a medication or supplement, what quantity? How often? How do you usually give it to them? In a treat? In their food? This should all be clearly reviewed with your pet sitter ahead. Skipping medications or over and under medicating can be very dangerous.

Stock up on Food

Is your dog eating the best food on the planet? The BARF World® diet, of course! Unfortunately some boarding facilities won’t work with frozen raw food. If this is the case, make sure to pick up plenty of freeze dried ahead of time.  It’s available in three delicious flavors: lamb, beef, and chicken. It requires no temperature control and has a shelf life of 18 months. It’s also a GREAT choice for the road if you are taking your pet with you. Simply rehydrate with water and serve. Your dog won’t skip a beat enjoying his or her healthy raw meals even on the road. If you have a BARF World® membership we’re happy to deliver food directly to the facility or sitter’s location free of charge. This saves time and energy dragging heavy food across town. It also ensures your pet won’t run out of food while you are gone. Staying in a wummer home on the beach? Simply call your Raw Food Specialist at 866-282-2273 to schedule a delivery.

Hit The Road

Preparing ahead is the key to a great vacation with or without your pets. Make sure all of the arrangements are taken care of well before your departure. Once you do leave, keep the dialogue open. Check in with your sitter a few times while your gone. It will give you both peace of mind knowing your pets are in good hands, well taken care of, even when you can’t be with them. Most of all, have a great summer vacation and enjoy your journey wherever it takes you!

Raw Food Tip:

All raw meat products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if mishandled. Treat the BARF® Diet as you would any other raw meat product. Wash working surfaces, utensils and hands with hot soapy water after each feeding. To thaw, place in a container with a lid and defrost in the refrigerator. Food will spoil if left unrefrigerated for an extended period of time. Excess food should be refrigerated for the next feeding or discarded.


Autumn Colunga

Autumn Colunga

Autumn's relationship with BARF World began in late 2015. She has been a lover of all animals, great and small, her entire life. She credits her parents with allowing her to have many pets growing up including rats, birds, fish, cats and dogs. Her zoo is currently at full capacity with four dogs, (one of which has a pet cat named Leonard), husband! A passionate believer in the benefits of the BARF World diet, Autumn tries to talk to as many people as possible. A recent convert to Pescetarianism, Autumn enjoys trying new eateries and has traveled over 25 countries.


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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!