Rover pet parents were eligible to win round-trip airfare and four nights in an ocean suite hotel in Maui, HI; daily breakfast for two; a Hawaiian canoe experience for two; and of course, Rover is footing the cost of a loving sitter for their pets while they enjoy their travels.
The results are in: Carmen C., a Rover pet parent—and recent Rover sitter, too—is our winner! Carmen and her husband, both Chicago-area teachers, will be hitting the road on this awesome vacation. Carmen took a little time to chat with us about Rover, dogs, and her upcoming trip to paradise.
Rover: Congratulations! We’d love to learn more about you. Could you tell us a little about your dogs?
We have two old dogs, both rescues. The first is Belle, one of two beagles found as strays in 2006 around Christmas time. The workers at the animal shelter named the first beagle “Jingle” and the other one “Belle.” The name stuck.
Our second dog is Bart, a basset-lab (and who knows what else)-mix who is at least 13. He was in a foster home and we are his third (possibly fourth) home, though we can’t imagine why anyone would want to surrender such a sweet, loving, funny-looking old friend.
Rover: How did you and your dogs discover Rover?
Historically, our dogs have stayed at “Spa Grandma and Grandpa” when we are gone. This year, however, my parents treated the whole family to a cruise over winter break, which meant they were also unavailable to dog sit.
We needed someplace close to home and Rover.com came up through an internet search for dog boarding. I loved that potential sitters could be sorted by zip code and price range, and the pictures of people’s homes made a huge impression on me.
We’ve used Rover for our dogs twice and have been very happy both times. Our dogs came home happy and well-cared for. We look forward to continuing to do so in the future!
Rover: We hear you recently went from being a pet parent to also being a pet sitter with Rover. That’s awesome! What inspired you to become a dog sitter on Rover?
After using Rover’s services and thinking about what’s important to me when looking for someone to care for my pets, I realized that my own home and family had much to offer: a large, fenced-in yard, older children who love animals and know how to treat them, and significant common-sense experience with real-world pet care.
Rover.com became a family operation. Everyone has a part, and money earned through pet-sitting is set aside for something special for our family.
Rover: Could you share a highlight of your Rover experience to date (either as a Rover customer or as a dog sitter)?
We live in the western suburbs of Chicago, with an area population of over 300,000. We had hosted a lovely house guest named Lola for nearly two weeks, and though I had communicated extensively with her ‘mom’ during that time, sending pictures of Lola and text messages about her activities, I had only met her once—during the Meet & Greet.
I’m a teacher, and one day, at lunch while on a field trip with over 100 of my students, I ran into LOLA’S MOM! The chances of this meeting were so very slim, I knew it had to be serendipity!
The icing on the cake was when, on the way back out to the bus, I walked right past her truck and there was Lola, tail wagging, happy and excited to see me. She remembered!
Rover: And lastly…You’re going to Hawaii! Any big plans for the trip?
Where should I start? I hear the fish is excellent and we definitely like to eat good food! We have never had the opportunity to sit on the beach and…do nothing. That may have to be on our list. The canoe trip sounds wonderful—it all sounds wonderful. Thank you, Rover.com, for making this a reality. We’re grateful!
When I was a young teen my grandparents, hard working Missouri farmers, took my family on a vacation to Hawaii. It was an incredible sacrifice for them and a wonderful opportunity for us. I have not been back since then; my husband and I are both teachers and vacations to exotic places like Hawaii are not part of our regular plans. We travel a lot during the summer, but usually we drive our old van and sleep in a tent. This will be a real treat!