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    Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    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.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I would do neighbor across the street. You might want to let them have a key so this way the dogs are where they are used to being.

    Now if it were me i would take my dog with me and if I could not then I just simply would not go on vacation.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Lol...not go on vacation. It always makes me laugh when someone says this. Hulk, I assume you don't, but please don't feel guilty about going away without your dogs. They will be absolutely fine without you and you deserve to have a life outside canine activities.

    I prefer to leave my dogs in their, ahem, natural environment, so my first choice is always to have someone come and stay at my house with them. It sounds like you have something approximating that with option #1, but I would want my friend to spend the night, which yours probably can't do if she has her own dogs.

    My second favorite is to leave them someplace else that there are familiar with. For me, this is my parents' house. For you, it sounds like option #2. The cat is a problem, though. To a certain extent, it's your neighbor's problem...if she thinks she can handle it, I would be tempted to let her try. You don't want Zero to spend the weekend being estranged from the family because of the cat, though, or being totally stressed trying to kill it all weekend.

    If I could have my first or second choice, then I sadly would have to decide not to go on vacation, because I would only board the dogs I have owned at a kennel under an emergency type situation where I HAD to go out of town last minute. Yours honestly sound like they would do okay, though. I would check out the kennel ahead of time. Tell them that the dogs have to be fed seperately and that Brutus needs medication and see how they react. Most places aren't going to have trouble doing either one of these things.

    For your situation and your dogs, I think I'd go with the boarding facility. You have plenty of time to prepare. Get yourself aquainted with the staff and facilities, then take the dogs down a few times and get them familiar with it, as well!


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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I would board them. Neither of the other situations sounds ideal. And they will be in the hands of professionals who have experience dealing with other people's dogs. That's what I would do, but it's hard to say what would be best for you.
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I'd board them. You don't sound comfortable enough with the first two situations. Check into the kennel a little more. I'm sure you can request that they feed the dogs separately and more than likely they'll give meds (all the kennels around here do). If not, check into other boarding options. Our vet boards, and I like that idea for many reasons (if anything were to happen, they're right there at the vet already... and they're at an office where the staff knows them and their entire medical history is on a shelf) but that's just me.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    If it helps, this is the place I'm thinking of boarding them - http://www.wagentail.com/

    My vet boards too, but I'm not that happy with their boarding options. Basically the dogs are kept in crates all day and are let out in a fenced yard to relieve themselves a couple of times a day. That's about it. Brutus was not too fond of their hospitality last time.

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    No contest. That looks like an excellent boarding facility! Jeez. I'd like to stay there!
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilleBelle View Post
    Lol...not go on vacation. It always makes me laugh when someone says this. Hulk, I assume you don't, but please don't feel guilty about going away without your dogs.

    Well I did not say it to make anyone feel guilty about not taking their dogs with them on vacation. I was stating that if it were me and that is all I said. I have taken Lola with me when I went away for a week but it was planned that she would be with me and the friend, his wife and children knew about it beforehand. They had no problem with me bringing her their and if they did I would not have gone. When we went to the drive in theater it was planned by me to leave her in her crate but they insisted that I bring her with us and so I did bring her.

    Some people leave their dogs home with proper care in their absence, some take them with them and some board them. I am just one of the ones that take mine with me that is all.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I'm one that doesn't go on vacation. I HATE to leave my dogs and it's not because I feel guilty, it's because I hate to be away from them. My motives are purely selfish. But if I did go on vacation, my first preference would be to take them. Next would be a good boarder.
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Taking my dogs on this vacation isn't really an option. I have to go to Chicago for a cousin's wedding. I don't know this cousin very well and what I do know of him makes me think he's a complete idiot. (He's got a master's degree yet is unemployed, not really looking for work and living rent free in a home my grandparents own and driving a car they gave him. He hasn't worked a day in his life that I know of, but that's another thread.) Anyway, I kind of have to go for family reasons. There are things you just do to keep family peace.

    So, since I'm there anyway, I figure I might as well enjoy it. I don't think the dogs would be welcome at the wedding. I really doubt they'd be welcome at the Shedd aquarium or the Museum of Science and Industry or Wrigley field of the Sears Tower or any number of places I plan on seeing. They would basically end up crated inside a hotel room and I would have to work my vacation schedule around taking them out on a regular basis. Plus, I'd have to hassle with getting them flown there on a plane and would have to deal with any, shall we say, gastrointestinal issues that might arise from the whole endeavor. I'd like to avoid all of that.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I'd go with the boarding facility too! It looks awesome! The place I take Bridgette is really nice....but not quite this nice

    I have people come here to feed my cats (they're SO easy) but I don't trust anyone with walking Bridgette. She either stays at my work (vet clinic) or the kennel.That's just me.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    I personally would board them. Most places can separate your dogs for feeding and give medication without extra cost.
    I've boarded my dogs at several different places, all ranging in price, but all have given excellent care. My dogs need to be feed separately (Leroy has food issues) and meds needed to be given. We like to board them in the pricier places that allow them to play with other dogs: play= tired & happy dogs.
    As long as you are comfortable with the boarding facility and the people working there...Less worry with them boarded, imo, and you can call to check up on your babies!
    Have a fun and safe trip!
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy&Lucy'sMom View Post
    you can call to check up on your babies!
    Probably not an option. Brutus would eat the phone.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Another vote for boarding....I'm struggling with this myself, and honestly if I could afford to board mine I would, I just feel like they'd be so much safer, especially if you have a bunch of special instructions like I would.
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    A good boarding facility, such as the one you're considering or a bonded in-house Pet Sitting service would be my choice if I'd had to (or have to in future) vacation without my dogs. Of course I'm speaking theoretically for the most part since I've only boarded a dog once and that was over 30 years ago.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Have you completely resolved the meddling neighbor issue?

    I'd been inclined to board anyway, but if you're still a bit wary - in the slightest - of the meddling neighbor I say board them. It keeps them in a "clean" environment. As for the facility...dang, I don't think MY last vacation was at a place so nice!
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    Everyone that seen that place so far from the link you provided seems to like the place but I have to weigh in. If it were me there is no way I would ever board Lola at that place.... She probably would not want to come home living a life of luxury like that.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    We are taking our pupster with us on vacation. We found a pet friendly motel in the town we are staying in.

    There are lots of pet friendly hotels now. Check it out.

    If I wasn't going to take him on vacation, though, I would board him with professionals.

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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    That place looks great! No question, I'd leave them there for a mini vacation of their own.

    Plus you wouldn't have to worry about dogs getting loose or eating someone's chair etc!

    Some say dogs have short memories and don't know if we have been gone for one hour or 2 days. While I don't agree with that, I tell myself that when I have to leave them!
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    Re: Where should I leave my dogs while on vacation?

    My sister lives about 2 miles from me, so when my fiance and I had to leave town for a funeral, we brought Gir over to her house. I missed the dog terribly while we were gone, but it was good to know that she was with someone who cared about her. I could never in good conscience leave Gir at a kennel. I've heard too many horror stories about kennels.

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