For lots of us, a "welcome home" from a pet is yet another reminder of why we work hard and lead busy lives. Actually over 57% of American households own pets. That's more U.S. houses with pets than with youngsters. And if you are one of the average pet owners that can't always take their pets with them on business or pleasure trips, you will be facing the necessity to find quality pet care while you are away. People today are taking better care of their pets than ever seen before. Nearly 45% of owners of pets carry around photos of their pets. Half of all owners of pets report that they consider their pets to be family members. Pets are part of the family, and we are expecting them to be similarly cared for. And caring owners of pets love the extra security and attention pets receive from professional care. Many dog lovers work long hours, get stuck at the office often, or endure long commutes on a daily basis. Professional pet care is an alternative to leaving your pet home alone for extended amounts of time. This is a perfect option for puppies being housetrained and new pets just learning the routine. Did you know 76% of pet owners use some type of pet care while traveling. Many pet care professionals have developed websites that can answer the most asked and important questions pet owners would ask – including Are they insured? Have they got references? Do they have staff? Are overnights available? What are their rates? Are there any coupons available? And how long have you been in operation? So if you are one of the married owners of pets who greet their pet first when you come home from work, or are one that has sung or danced with your pet, think about contacting your local pet sitter or home-run dog boarding and day care to line up an "initial consultation" (generally free). You'll be glad you did the next time you find yourself stuck late at work knowing your puppy is not waiting patiently by the door with crossed legs! Lyn Jones has been offering home dog boarding for over 10 years. Her Oregon City dog boarding facility is convenient to those looking out for a dog boarding Oregon City facility and doggie day care Portland .