Balancing Life with a Pet

July 01, 2024
By: Adriana Valle

Finding freedom for you and your pet

As Independence Day approaches, we got to thinking about balancing pet parenting and the desire to live life to the fullest. The urge for adventure and thrill of spontaneity can often be hindered by responsibilities, pet care included. But, your wanderlust doesn’t have to collide with your pets’ needs. You can have a fulfilling life with a furry friend without sacrificing your independence. Today, we’re discussing finding freedom for you and your pet so you can live your life to the fullest with your furry best friend by your side (or safely back at home.)

Maintaining independence as a pet parent

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Owning a pet is a commitment, one with many benefits. They bring unconditional love, laughter, and a whole lot more. A well-trained, happy pet can enhance your life and offer endless fulfillment. As long as you set out to find the right pet, train them properly, and find a village to support you, you can enjoy a pet-friendly life while remaining social, focusing on your career, and traveling.

Following are some ways to ensure you maintain your independence as a pet parent:

  • Train for Independence: Invest time in training your pet from the start. A dog who walks well on a leash opens doors to hiking adventures and dog-friendly cafes. A cat comfortable with a harness and in a backpack can join you on a stroll through the park. Training builds trust and communication, making venturing out with your pet a joy, not a chore.
  • The Power of Pet Sitters and Boarders: Don’t underestimate the value of professional pet care. Responsible pet sitters and boarders provide peace of mind when you need to travel. Connect with a reputable service from day one. And, introduce your pet during a trial stay or two before leaving them for longer periods.
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  • Embrace the “Pet-cations”: Look beyond traditional vacations to explore pet-friendly options. National parks offer trails designated for leashed dogs. Many hotels and vacation rentals welcome furry guests. Researching pet-friendly destinations can open up a new world of adventures with your companion, plus inspire you to visit cities and towns you may otherwise have overlooked.
  • The Joy of Routine (with a Twist): Pets thrive on routines, but they don’t have to become shackles. Instead, incorporate your pet’s routines into your independent pursuits. Take your morning jog with your dog or turn your solo bike ride into a dog park visit. By adjusting your routines slightly, you can ensure your pet’s needs are met while still enjoying your favorite activities.

living life to the fullest with a pet

Independence is about having the flexibility to pursue your passions while including your pet when possible and safely leaving them at home when they can’t come along.

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Following are some additional tips for striking the perfect balance:

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  • Choose the Right Pet: Consider your lifestyle when choosing a pet. If you crave long hikes, a high-energy medium to large dog might be a great fit. If you travel often, however, especially by air, a cat or small dog would be a better match.
  • Invest in Enrichment: Combat boredom with interactive toys, puzzle feeders, and mental stimulation. An enriched pet is a happy pet and is also less likely to wreak havoc while you’re away.
  • Deploy Tech: Consider pet cameras or interactive feeders that allow you to check in on your pet remotely. These can offer peace of mind and are a great layer of security for when you’re at work or at play.
  • Leverage Pet Products: These days, pet products to meet the dynamic needs of pets and their parents are everywhere. Visit sites like Travel Cat and WilderDog have carriers, accessories, and portable feeding supplies to make your pet-friendly adventures go off without a hitch.
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pet-friendly travel ct shoreline

Ultimately, the key to maintaining your independence with a pet is finding solutions that work for both of you. With a little planning, training, and creativity, you can have a fulfilling life full of adventures, both solo and with your furry companion by your side. Being a pet owner doesn’t mean giving up your freedom; it simply means adapting and expanding it to include a new best friend.

As professional dog walkers and pet sitters, we provide support to pet lovers with full lives. We make sure your pet stays at home – where they are most comfortable – and get all the love and attention they are used to while you meet your many other commitments!

New Shoreline Happy Paws clients can create an account. We will be in touch to further discuss your needs and set you, your family, and your pet(s) up for success. Existing clients may book dog walkingdog hiking, or pet sitting services by logging in to your client profile.

Shoreline Happy Paws serves the following areas of the Connecticut Shoreline:

  • Old Saybrook
  • Essex, Ivoryton & Centerbrook
  • Deep River
  • Chester
  • Westbrook
  • Clinton
  • Old Lyme
  • East Lyme
  • Niantic

Certain Parts and Certain Service Hours in:

  • Lyme and Madison
  • Waterford, New London, Groton
  • Uncasville, Gales Ferry, Mystic, Noank

By Adriana Valle

Adriana is the owner and Chief Pet-Loving Officer at Shoreline Happy Paws. She has been a Professional Pet Sitter for over 10 years.

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