Dog & Cat Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Professional All-Breed Dog & Cat Grooming & Fun Activities For Your Pet




 Pet Checkers
The term "pet sitter" implies someone “sits” with your
pet the entire time you are gone....

In most cases, however, it would be better to use the term “pet checker” as most only check on your pet once or twice during a twenty-four hour period. Many times there is little or no supervision, exercise or companionship. Emphasis all too frequently is placed more on the quantity of calls rather than the pet’s welfare since pet checkers are usually paid by the job or visit..... there are differences, and you should know about them before you leave your pets home alone!

Misconceptions Many misconceptions exist between what pet care professionals can provide, and what a pet checker does in the absence of pet owners. Since Countryside Kennels has a genuine interest in the welfare of the pets they care for, here are some points for consideration.

At Countryside Kennels our kennel staff is available throughout the entire day, and during the night time hours, to provide care should the need arise. Evening bed checks are performed every evening to make sure your pet is safe and secure before retiring for the night.


        Pet Checker Situation

  • Pet left alone 23 out of 24 hours.

  • Pet may suffer from separation anxiety and extreme boredom.

  • With no social interaction or routine the pet may become ill or howl or bark nonstop.

  • Pet may suffer needlessly due to delayed treatment for illness or accident.

  • Pet may bar entry into your home - "protecting" his home, or hide under a bed preventing adequate care.

  • Pet may destroy your home, yard, belongings, or even forget basic house training.

  • Pet may escape and run away to find his owner, or hurt himself trying, especially during thunderstorms, or fireworks.

    Countryside Kennels

  • Structured social environment with care givers and other pets present.

  • Pets are encouraged to participate, eat, eliminate several times a day, and are NOT left to fend for themselves.

  • Social interaction & routines are designed for the pets physical and emotional health: i.e. playtimes, treats, toys, walks, frisbee sessions, tennis sessions, and grooming needs.

  • Immediate treatment of illness, injury & stress-related symptoms are identified quickly.

    Special Care - Countryside Kennels provides extra services for old, young and sensitive pets to alleviate anxiety through the use of kind words, raised beds, and special preparation of diets.

    Security - As most dogs that end up as strays or in pounds have escaped from their own yard while the owner was away, escape from Countryside Kennels is almost non-existent as we are double fenced.  The entire staff at Countryside Kennels is dedicated to providing the very best care for your pet while they are in our care. We look at pet boarding as a fun-filled vacation for you pet while you are away!  Pet checkers can't match this routine without several costly trips to the owner's house and just may miss or overlook important signs during the short time they are in your home. 

    Costs - One of the primary reasons pet owners revert to a pet checkers is price. As you well know, good quality care does not come cheap, but consider that Countryside Kennels has invested a great deal of capital into their facilities. Countryside Kennels is financially motivated to provide excellent pet care and services which lead to long-lasting relationships with the pet owner.

    Boarded pets are observed by full-time staff and the Countryside Kennels owners live on the premises. The pet's well-being is our 1st priority. Health or behavior problems can then be referred to the right specialists. Countryside Kennels staff regularly notices symptoms even the most attentive owners might overlook at home. Boarded pets may receive flea treatments, skin, coat and medical care as needed or as directed by their veterinarian each time they board.

    Boarded pets are required to have all vaccinations current for contagious diseases. Pet checkers going from house to house may introduce virus to a pet in another house on their route. Boarded pets do not destroy carpeting, drapes, landscaping or your relationship with your neighbors while you are out of town.

    Home Security - While the care and well being of your pets is your main concern, you should also consider the risks of strangers (whether bonded or not) having access to your home and personal property.

    Separation Anxiety  - Pets suffer emotional stress when their owners leave whether they're left at home or placed in a boarding kennel. It's how those providing the care respond that makes the difference in the pet's emotional state.

    Health & Welfare - Stress brought on by the pet owner leaving may cause an illness to come on quickly. Disorders such as bloat, diarrhea and heatstroke need prompt attention or the pet may suffer needlessly. Home accidents such as ingesting household poisons, injuries or bee stings can be fatal if not treated immediately. Pets on medication should receive it on schedule and be monitored for side effects and other symptoms. Extra effort must be made to keep the convalescing pet comfortable, clean, eating, eliminating and to make follow-up visits to the veterinarian.

    At Countryside Kennels pets are monitored by staff trained to recognize early signs of illness. This prevents problems from escalating. Staffing at Countryside Kennels allows the pet to be taken to your veterinarian immediately if needed, and ensures the veterinarian's instructions are followed throughout the convalescence. A pet checker may not notice a problem until a late check, at which time the pet may be critical and need the services of an emergency clinic, at a greater cost to the owner. Should problems occur moments after a pet checker leaves, it may be many hours before it is noticed - a very serious and possible deadly delay.



Countryside Kennels, Pet Resort & Spa
"A Family Owned Pet Care Facility - Spanning Over Three Generations"

1458 64th Avenue,  Zeeland, Michigan  49464
Phone: 616-688-5821  |  Fax: 616-688-5734

Countryside Kennels is located in Zeeland, Michigan.  We are near and a very easy drive from
the South West Grand Rapids Metro Area, Holland, Jenison, Hudsonville, Grandville, and Byron Center, Michigan
You are NOT a long distance from a premium pet care facility !