Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Protecting Your Pet: Pet Taxi
Today's hectic schedules make it tough to run our own errands much less get things done for our animals. When you are in jam the pet taxi can come to the rescue. Health specialist Marilyn Mitzel with the details in today's "Protecting your Pet."
WSVN -- This is no ordinary taxi. The driver is always smiling, the customers are only four legged.
Pet taxis are among the newest and fastest growing services in the pet care industry.
Trish Minnich from Magic CarPet Ride: "I offer pet transportation in order to take pets to and from locations that the owner cannot get them to."
It's making a world of difference for Rusty Atlas.
Rusty Atlas: "They can be picked up in the morning -- taken to vet so he can take his time with them and I don't have to sit around waiting all day -- I know that they're being transported safely to and from."
Businesses catering to animals also use the transportation service to make daily life easier for their two legged clients.
Ron Funt from Bark Avenue Pet Resort: "We call pet taxi. They come right over pick up their dog -- it's great. I take them to the vets. I take them to the groomer, I take them to day care, I take them to other people's houses."
But make sure the pet taxi company is insured.
Get references. The driver - good with animals. The vehicle set up properly.
Rusty Atlas: "She's got a great little van set up with cages."
Trish Minnich: "I have three options for transport."
Some pets do okay just riding on the seat, strapping them in is safer.
Small creatures do well in their own carriers. Whatever the route it's a win win for pooch, felines and mankind.
Rusty Atlas: "As much as I love this big one he is a mess in the car and so its a real convenience to me not to have him slobbering and flicking his stuff all over the car."
The cost depends on time, distance and number of pets. It's about $15 dollars a ride per animal.
Rusty Atlas: "It's very reasonable considering the time and care -- I think it's a real bargain."
The animals seem to like it too!
Trish Minnich: "They enjoy the ride."
Rusty Atlas: "When they come back they're very happy."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Magic CarPet Ride
Bark Avenue Pet Resort
1400 S. Federal Hwy
Hollywood, Fl 33020