You may have heard of Rover.com – a site that promises to “find you the perfect dog sitter” that takes your dog into their home while you are away on vacation….usually at a much cheaper rate than a professional sitter that comes to your home. The website claims to be a mediator that will put you in contact with safe homes to care for your dog while you are away. “No more lonely cages, just happy homes full of love!”
I wanted to share with you what happened to a family that recently used Rover.com’s services. If you ever consider dropping your dog or cat off for a stranger to care for outside your home do your research. Websites like Rover.com may have reviews, but you’re giving away precious cargo.
Before going away on a holiday at Christmas, this family decided to board their 3 year-old Shar Pei Akayla. Akayla’s dad used Rover.com to find a family to watch her. The couple found a dog sitter with positive reviews. She was advertising herself as looking to start a professional dog-boarding business. On December 24th, Akayla was dropped off at the woman’s home.
On December 27th, only three days after being dropped off, tragedy struck. Source: imgur.com
The couple received a message, telling them to call the woman boarding Akayla. There was “an emergency.”
While the woman was gone from the house, her own dog attacked and mauled Akayla severely.
It took 3 hours of surgery and 9 packages of sutures to patch up her neck.
Akayla stayed at the vet’s office until her family could fly home on December 30th.
This is how bad her neck was, even AFTER surgery.
She had drainage tubes placed in her neck (which is why this is so wet).
On New Year’s day, Akayla had to be taken to an emergency vet.
Her wounds began to emit a foul odor and the sutures were separating from the skin on the back of her neck.
Some of the skin was infected and needed to be removed in a second surgery.
Poor Akayla had to be put on antibiotics to try and stop the infection before it got too serious.
Then, after another surgery to remove the dead and infected skin, she was back on the road to recovery. The vet also placed an additional drainage tube into her wound.
Almost 4 weeks after the attack, Akayla is looking much better.
She even got a little bit of a face lift from all of the skin removal surgeries.
Putting your fur-kid in the hands of another person is always frightening. Thank goodness she survived the vicious mauling and was able to recover.
At Paws Pet Care Pet Sitting & Dog Walking we take care of your fur-kid in the privacy of your own home. They are kept in their own familiar surroundings….around the sites, smells and sounds that they are use to and not in the presence of other animals. We don’t even “pack” walk dogs together! All of our services are private services, meaning that we are taking care of your pet in your home only.
We would love to serve you! Call us at 502-802-5052 or visit our website at www.pawspetcareathome.com for more information regarding our award-winning services.
By Beth Green
Pack Leader At Paws Pet Care Pet Sitting & Dog Walking