I'm going to be gone for 3-4 days at the end of next month and I can't decide where to leave my dogs while I'm gone. I've basically got 3 options.
1. Friend of mine - The pros of this are that she is a dog owner and would probably be more than willing to feed the guys while I'm gone. I am nervous about having people in my home while I'm not there though. It's something I'm paranoid about. The cons are she's never met Brutus. She owns a pair of dogs herself but I have no clue how well behaved they are. Leaving them at her house probably is not an option as that would give her four dogs and she doesn't have a fenced yard. So, she would have four dogs inside running around all day and one of them is Brutus. Bad times.
2. Neighbor across the street - The pros are obviously proximity. She also owns a GSD mix that Zero loves to death and she has a fenced yard. I could give her food and their crates and they'd be fine over there I think. The cons are that she has two inside cats. Zero absolutely loves to chase cats more than anything on the planet. Nothing short of dragging him the opposite direction will work. He will pull you for half a block or attempt to do so if he sees a cat. She says the cats will simply hide or that Zero will learn to ignore them. I really, really doubt this. I told her about Brutus and she stated that once he figures out there's nothing on the counters he'll be fine and they'll have no problems. Clearly, she's never met him. Also, she's always struck me as a little odd. I can't quite put my finger on it, but anyone who stays at home all day long yet doesn't appear to be old enough to be retired seems strange to me.
3. Board the dogs - There's a local kennel that looks pretty good. For $30 a night I can board both dogs in the same kennel. Kennel's are air conditioned have a TV and Radio on and have access to the outside. Plus, for an extra fee, one or both dogs can have access to an indoor swimming pool and/or agility equipment. The only real con with this is Brutus (sensing a pattern here). I don't know if they would be able to feed both dogs separately. Brutus tends to finish his food in a hurry and will then try to steal Zero's food. It would also be a big change of environment for him which I'm reluctant to do at his age and with his health. I'm not sure what their policy is on giving dogs medications and how well they'd do at giving him his meds.