Post # 1
We had a friend stay at our house with our dog while we were at our semi-destination wedding for a week. Friend & Dog apparently had a blast – went for runs, went hiking, took outings to the local coffee shop – I loved getting the happy updates, made me a little less stressed! Buuuuuuut…Friend *also* apparently spoiled Dog rotten – let him sleep on the bed whenever, let him snark at the angry neighbor dog through the fence, let him spend hours in the yard (rather than ‘do his business’ on-leash), gave him people food snacks. We came home to a blissfully tired (and gassy) dog who was less than enthused to see us – but ECSTATIC when Friend came by to pick up some clothes he had left behind. Sorry, Dog, back to following the rules!
Anyone else experience any unintended consequences of leaving a pet behind? 😛
Post # 3
@loveandapitbull: LOL, this made me laugh. I am worried about this when we leave furbaby for our honeymoon. We are currently in the training process and I am sure that no one will be as diligent with it as we are. I figure it will be a vacation for him too.
Post # 4
We leave our dog with my parents whenever we go out of town. She LOVES it there more than anywhere in the world. She is obsessed with my dad – as he runs around in their huge yard with her (we live in the city and don’t have a yard), lets her CHEW ON HIS ARM like it’s a toy and feeds her better food than I usually eat (I’m not kidding. He will grill steak JUST FOR HER). She’s always super exhausted and disappointed when we pick her up, but after she sleeps for a day or two and gets her energy back, she’s back to normal. Every time she sees my dad or my mom, she get so so so excited. It’s cute, but it also hurts our feelings kind of! I feel you, but your pup will be back to loving you as much as she did before really soon.
Post # 5
I don’t have any pets right now but my grandma actually just had this happen. Apparently their dog sitter have the dog people for snacks and took it for really long walks. She also slept on the for with it as the dog wouldn’t get on the bed (at least the dog remembered that!)! When my grandma got home the dog barely even looked at her!
Post # 6
My situation is a bit different. My FI and I went home for the weekend 6 hour drive each way and took our guinea pigs with us. They lived in their play pen at my parent’s house for the weekend. They were kinda freaked out while they were there and didn’t like all of the new people looming over them. My mom really wanted to get them to warm up to her and kept feeding them goodies from my parent’s garden when FI and I were out doing things like meeting our photographer and visiting his parents. Since we brought them home they’ve been crazy little beggars and keep getting in angry, teeth chattering standoffs with each other. I’m hoping they calm down and go back to normal soon.
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: Hah, yeah – if this friend volunteers again for our honeymoon, we may have to leave stricter instructions 😛 Really, the only problem was the fence-snarking – we’ve worked SO HARD to get our dog to be able to ignore the bad neighbor dogs, I hate to think that was all undone in a week!
@nber0815: OMG her own steak! Too funny 😀
Post # 8
I spoil my cat pretty hardcore too… but he doesn’t get to go outside because our fence has gaps he could squeeze through. Recently my parents babysat him for us and let him outside to play in their beautifully landscaped and securely fenced yard while they sat on the deck. My mom was sending me pics of him sprawled on the deck soaking up the sun and chasing bugs through the grass. Now that he’s back home… he cries when I go out on our deck to BBQ because he wants to come too. Sorry baby, it’s for your own safety! Outside can be his treat at “grandma’s house” 😉
Post # 9
Oh man, I’m really worried about this…
I rescued my dog. She’s been abandoned before, and it kills me that I have to leave her with my mom when I go… I’ve never left her alone for that amount of time (a week and a half…). One night she spent at the vet for heartworm treatment… but other than that, I’m terrified. More for me than her… 🙁
Post # 10
@loveandapitbull: when we leave my dog for like a week or so, whenever we come back it’s like she literally is mad at us. she is more distant. she is usually SUPER loving. it really bummed me out the first time but after a day or two she comes around. good luck!