Post # 1
Ok, my fiancé and I are beyond attached to our little rescue schnauzer, Alfred. We’ve never left him overniget before and I have found myself in tears thinking about leaving him at the kennel. Has anyone else dealt with this before and what did you do? I’m so worried he’s going to think we aren’t ever coming back. I know this is silly I some people but he’s like a child to us. The kennel we chose has very high rating and has 24-hr cameras along with an app you can download to watch your pup anytime of the day. But still.. I’m a little nervous to leave my baby.
Post # 3
@dreamer1288: Do you have any friends that would be willing to stay at your house and watch him? My parents always pay my dad’s old student the same rate as the kennel to stay at their house and look after their very sensitive dog.
Post # 4
This is actually my biggest impediment going on our honeymoon. I don’t trust local pet sitting places with our apartment but I don’t want to board my two cats.
Post # 5
I have never brought myself to leave mine in a kennel, though some dogs really have no issues. Last time I went away, I was able to find a “in-home” kenneling service. They are people throughout the region who will dog sit (for a fee) in their own homes as opposed to a kennel. It’s run like a business, with a service handling the bookings, payments, reviews, etc.
My rescue dachshund is older and very unsure around other dogs and people, etc. He was much more confrtable staying in a house with a backyard and such for the time. He slept in bed with the homeowner’s daughter 🙂
We were able to go meet them the week before with the dog to make sure he seemed okay there and see the place. They said it’s a way for the family to get to spend time with animals, and make some extra money, while not having to own their own pet, at least in their case. I really liked the whole experience.
And I didn’t have to let anyone in our home while we were away 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2016 - Poulsbo, WA
I used to work at a dog daycare/boarding place and I loved looking after all the doggies. I’m sure these folks will take good care of Alfred. Like AllieBee12, I think getting someone familiar to the dog is ideal, but if that’s not possible, a good boarding place will make sure he’s happy and comfortable. In my experience, it’s pretty easy to read what a certain dog is comfortable with and what they’re not. We had a big yard for the energetic, gregarious dogs to play in and a separate group for puppies, old dogs, or ones that just liked it a little quieter. Some dogs chose to stay inside and nap and cuddle, and that was ok too. I hope the place you’ve chosen is able to dedicate enough individual attention to Alfred and that he has a good enough time that he wants to go back! I don’t know if your facility can do this (some choose to and some don’t), but we had owners bring the dogs’ usual food, meds, treats, and even a blanket from home if they wanted. It sometimes helped make the transition a little easier. I’m sure they will take great care of your boy, but no doubt he’ll be happy to see you when you return!
Post # 7
You are going to be more upset about leaving him than he is. You could take him to the boarding kennel for a day or overnight one night so he is used to the place and the staff.
My cats stay at home and a friend/babysitter came twice a day to feed and play with them. They were fine. They were happy when I came home and acted as if nothing had happened.
Post # 8
I did not enjoy myself as much as I could/should have on my honeymoon due to worrying about the dog. Sad but true.
Post # 9
This is one of my biggest worries too! We will probably leave them with MIL/FIL but it is a long time to ask someone to take care of your pets for you. That kennel you have chosen sounds very nice. When I was younger and we would go on family trips, we would leave our pups at a local kennel and they always seemed fine with it. Maybe you can bring your dog’s own bed and some favorite toys?
My biggest issue is what to do on the wedding night! We are staying at a hotel and everyone we would normally ask to watch the dogs will also be at the wedding and many are staying at local hotels just for convenience. It’s also awkward to ask someone we know to watch them if they haven’t been invited to the wedding.
Post # 10
We are going to be gone for 2 weeks and had this dilemma too! We found a college grad who lives in our neighborhood who is going to stay at our house with our pup for $20 a day!!
Post # 11
Maybe this is crazy too, but my rescue dog Bean I hated leaving at a kennel, and the first place we ever left her I don’t think was very good because she was desperate and wild when I picked her up. So I started her in a dog walking group with a great walker and now I board her with him. She knows him really well, she associates him with fun times, and I know she’s happy and comfortable when I am gone. I think she may have more fun with the walker than she does with us now! It is, however, easy to leave on vacation knowing that she’s going to be taken care of so well! It is perhaps a very pricey solution, but to us it was worth it!
Post # 12
I’m worried about doing this with my cats too. One is friendly and loves everyone, but the other is super shy and sensitive and is absolutely terrified of strangers. A friend visiting our house for a few hours is enough to keep him his under the bed, on a separate floor of the house for hours even after the guest left.
We recently moved to a new city and don’t have anyone to stay at our home with them. I considered paying a coworker or teenager from the neighborhood association to stop in and feed them and make sure there’s no problems, but little guy also has urinary problems, and there’s no way to know if he’s having a problem unless you spend time with him and actually watch him use the litter box occasionally.
I think the best thing for his safety is to board them, but I’m worried about how unhappy they will be just sitting in a little cage for 10 days. Paying for playtime won’t be worth it cause he’s so scared f strangers, he’ll just hide in the corner of the room. I’m afraid it will take a long time for shy guy to get over that after the fact, and act like himself. I don’t know what to do!!
Post # 13
It isn’t silly at all!! We are not going on a honeymoon because we can’t bear to leave our dog. I can relate.
That’s nice about the camera – can you leave a sweatshirt with your scent on it, or take his own doggy bed and some toys?
Post # 14
@eeniebeans: This was my husband and I too, we had never left our lab alone before ever and we had never gone on a vacation before besides going once a year to see his parents for a few days. Thankfully his parents came in from Michigan for our wedding and stayed at his house and watched her while we were gone.
From what they told us, she was fine, she was whiny the first night though and had to sleep with them. I actually had a dream the first night of our honeymoon that she was with us and it made me happy, then I woke up and realized she wasn’t with us and I got sad. 🙁
Post # 15
We slowly introduced ours to it. Our daycare/boarding place is great. He went for a few half days and then a few full days of daycare and finally five nights. He was so excited to go that he didn’t even want to say goodbye to me. He was even more excited to see us though after boarding.
It’s tough but a necessary if you don’t have anywhere else to put him.
I liked the daycare aspect of it because he loves to play. I figured that daycare would wear him out so he doesn’t miss us as much.
Luckily, my little sister and her husband are moving to my town so they’ve offered to take him whenever we need. They love our little Bacon.
Post # 16
We left our dog in a kennel for a week while we went away for our wedding and honeymoon. She’s a rescue who had been rehomed several times, so we were really afraid she’d be freaking out the whole time. They said she did really well, and when we came back, I noticed a shift in her. First, she was STOKED to see us, but afterwards, it was like she knew that she was in her forever home. She relaxed a lot more after that, so it ended up being good.
Aaaannd because I can’t talk about my dog without showing a picture: