The Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Owning a Pet

May 10, 2017 | Frequent Flyer, Tips

The Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Owning a Pet

Traveling without your pet doesn’t mean you love them less.

Being a pet owner is like being a parent. You love your pet, and for that reason, you make sacrifices to provide a good life for them. However, just like parenting, you deserve to have a fulfilling life too. It is important not to feel trapped or limited, just because you have a pet. Furthermore, do not feel guilty for having interests in activities that your pet cannot accompany you on.

It’s true, you will have to take some time away from your pet for traveling. The good news is that there is a variety of options for your pet to stay safe, healthy and happy while you’re away. This guide will provide tips on how to prepare for a trip, research alternatives to bringing your pet with you and give you the freedom to travel while still being a fantastic pet owner.

Tips for a Successful Trip

Reward Points

Pay with your travel credit card to earn extra points or choose a care provider who partners with an airline to earn extra miles for your next adventure.

Book Early

Book your pet’s care accommodations the same time you book your airfare and hotel. The last thing you want is to be left without a sitter.

Take a Tour

If you are on the fence about a new kennel or sitter, set up a tour or a meet and greetso you know exactly what to expect while you’re away.

Vet Records

Keep a set of up to date vet records handy and make sure there are no upcoming vaccination expiration, or get them updated.

Choosing a Care Provider

Keeping your options open while choosing a care provider will allow you to stay on budget and determine what is best for your pet’s individual needs. Below are a few essential factors to consider when making your decision.


If your pet has suffered a recent injury, has a chronic condition or requires medication daily, you will likely want them to have 24/7 care.


To avoid a negative impact on your pet, you will want to ensure they are getting the proper level of exercise and mental stimulation while you’re away.


While some pets are friendly, some pets don’t enjoy the company of other animals. Choose a provider that can accommodate your pet's needs.


Many care providers offer competitive pricing. Try not to obsess over getting the best deal, or thinking that a higher price implies better services.


Traveling requires much preparation. Choosing a care provider that has a convenient location will eliminate extra running around before your trip.


Always schedule a tour or a meet and greet. This way, you can ensure that your pet will be taken care of with the highest of standards.

Don’t Forget...

To make things easier on you, we have put together this handy checklist for you to use before heading out on a trip.

  • Washable Bedding
  • Three Favorite Toys
  • Measured Servings of Food
  • Medication with Instructions
  • Vet Contact Info
  • Emergency Contact Info
  • Vaccination Records

Why Choose Us?


Hillrose is located at 2040 S 142nd Streetin SeaTac, WA. We are just 5 minutes from the airport, making drop-offs and pick-ups easier than ever.

All Pets Welcome

We offer boarding and daycare to dogs, cats, and exotic pets. There are no breed restrictions either. We mean it when we say we are a full-service facility.

Full-time Monitoring

We monitor your pet’s boarding areas 24 hours per day 7 days per week using state of the art surveillance cameras and a highly trained staff.


Each dog enclosure has a private, indoor, climate-controlled sleeping area. Each dog kennel is connected by a doggy door to a private fully covered exercise area.

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