One of the downsides of being a dog owner is dealing with situations that involve leaving your dog when you’re traveling. You want the best for your pup, which definitely involves disrupting his routine as little as possible.
For some people, this means having someone stay at home with Fido or come by each day to visit. For others, this means bringing the dog to a friend or family member’s home. For quite a few people, these arrangements are either not suitable or not preferable. That’s where Goodnight Lucky comes in.
Goodnight Lucky (GNL), a network of dog sitters founded and run by Debbie Gruber in 2011, is one of the best local dog-sitting services in Long Island. Gruber’s purpose is “to bring peace of mind to other dog parents who travel.” Yup, Gruber is mom to Lucky, a 10-pound Havanese (you can meet him in the slideshow), who’s always had a fantastic dog sitter to count on.
Gruber explains on the company website:
GNL was created because every dog parent needs a “Cindy”. You’re probably wondering . . . “What in the world does that mean?” Cindy is the person who takes care of my dog, Lucky, whenever my family and I travel. Cindy is a gem, and we trust her unconditionally. She’s a true dog lover who pampers Lucky with attention and affection. Just like he’s accustomed to at home, Lucky even sleeps with Cindy (she has a very understanding husband!). Because of Cindy, I can travel with peace of mind.
Figuring out the best part of using this network is tough. GNL offers
- a sitter-to-pet matching program
- almost-full-time dog care
- sitters who have been screened and will adhere to your pet’s schedule
- a free meet-and-greet visit at the sitter’s home, where the pup will be staying (and free re-placement with a new sitter, if necessary)
- plus a price that’s hard to beat for this level of service (and they donate some of it, too!).
The questionnaire and matching program that ensures your dog is placed with the right sitter covers the needs and wants of both dog and owner.
Each sitter’s environment is different, and GNL takes care to see that each dog is staying where he most belongs. A small, calm dog who doesn’t need a lot of exercise may do best in the home of a retiree who loves to cuddle on the couch. A 2-year-old border collie, on the other hand, may prefer a home with a teenage athlete and another dog to play with.
Dog sitters in the GNL network will follow along with everything your dog normally does. When you book, paperwork for the sitter-matching, your dog’s vitals & general information, and daily routine is filled out beforehand. Walks and meal times will be adhered to, medications will be administered, etc.
Your dog’s transition to his time away from you should be a smooth one, especially because you’re encouraged to bring whatever you think your dog will need for his comfort and safety. Large dog bed shaped like a couch? Bring it. Bag full of toys? Bring it. Enough treats to sustain doggie life on a desert island for a month? Bring it.
And because these sitters are all “dog people” they’ll understand if you want to call them to check up on the pup (or even talk to your furry child on the phone!).
Stays can be anywhere from day-care length (up to 10 hours) to a week or more and are generally $50 for every 24 hours, but there are often promotions running for discounted stays. More detailed rate information can be found here.
The current promotion is for reservations completed by April 20th and includes a FREE $25 PETCO gift card when you book four or more nights (mention promo code P95J).
If you’re interested in learning more, booking a stay, or becoming a dog sitter, call 516-439-5070. The current service area includes eastern Queens, Nassau, and western Suffolk, but GNL is hoping to franchise and expand.
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