Post # 1
I am getting married in July and going on our honeymoon shortly afterwards most likely. Our wedding is out of town, and we will be hiring a pet sitter to take care of our two dogs and cat. I am having a hard time dealing with leaving our pets for such a long time (about 5 days for the wedding, coming back for a couple days, then leaving up to a week and a half for the honeymoon). We have left them with a pet sitter and boarded them in the past, but never for this long. I know they are in good hands but it’s making me sad thinking about leaving them for so long. Who else has had to deal with this? How do you not go crazy from missing your babies so much?
Post # 3
Tell me about it! Our honeymoon was a month long. We left our dog with my in-laws, and our cat with a housesitter, but I missed them terribly. We travel fairly often, so I’ve had to leave them for 1-2 weeks at a time since then. Of course you’ll miss them, but you’ll be having such a fun time on the honeymoon that they’re sort of in the back of your mind. And the reunion is great!
Post # 4
I also had a really hard time with this. We had to leave our cat and dog for three weeks! We missed them a ton and the only thing that helped was to call the kennell every few days to check up on them. The lady at the kennell must have been so annoyed with me, but they are our babies! I totally know how you feel right now, but don’t worry it will be totally worth it to have someone taking care of them during this busy time for you. Your furbabies will just love you even more when you get home 🙂
Post # 5
I’m going to have a hard time with this too and we only have one kitty (who’s more like our son). We’ll only be gone for 2 days for our wedding (which isn’t an issue) but the 5 days for our HM will be rough. We’ve decided to set up a nanny cam type of thing and stream it to one of our websites that we can watch on our iPad. It’s a little extreme but I think it will give me peace of mind that Lincoln is fine while we’re gone.
Post # 6
We didn’t and honestly, I like having a break away with just me and my DH. We can sleep in without the dog waking us up to go out and play, we can relax without her bouncing off the walls, we can go do things in places where she isn’t allowed to come, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, we love our dog. But sometimes it is good to get a break away.
Plus, she LOVES going to the kennel (aka “Doggie Camp”). She is only in a pen at night to sleep and for meals. The rest of the day, she gets to run around outside in their play area and play with all of the other dogs. She comes home exhasted!
Post # 7
I hear you. When we go away we leave our dogs with the woman who takes care of them during the day at the doggy daycare. She’s awesome and they sleep in her bed the entire time we are gone (spoiled!). She takes pictures and videos of them and them up on Facebook and her blog everyday. It’s fun to look at the pictures from work but it’s even nicer to be able to look at them when you are out of town so that we know they really having a ball without us (even though I am secretly hurt that they don’t seem to miss us at all! Lol).
Maybe if you are going somewhere that you will have internet connectivity you could ask your dog sitter to do something like that for you, even via email? Just a thought.
Post # 8
I have no idea what I’m going to do when FH and I go on our honeymoon. We won’t be gone too long, but I’m still a little anxious. There’s a Pet Nanny that’s watched him before and I know Gus has a great time being with the other dogs, so I’m not too worried but he still is my baby. Our cat will stay at my place but someone will come by to check on her and feed her. I know I’ll miss them, but I also know I’m going to enjoy myself on the honeymoon. And I can’t deny that it’ll be nice to be away from the animals for a while.
Post # 9
We leave our dog with my in laws when we go away. My MIL took all sorts of pictures of him doing “things.” Really she just put different objects in front of him and took a picture. There was Teddy reading a book, Teddy playing an instrument, etc. It was so cute and a fun surprise when we came home!
Post # 10
We were really lucky to have our friends stay at our house during the honeymoon. I felt okay with leaving for a week under those circumstances. (Although my friend did say that I was a bit of a psycho with all my lists of ‘care’ instructions…..we still laugh about it.)
Post # 11
I’m freaking out about this as well. Our dog loathes other dogs, so leaving her with my sister or parents is out of the question, and FIs parents don’t have the room. We’ve been thinking about either a kennel (but she doesn’t like to eat unless someone is “watching”–she has issues) or having one of our friends stay at our house with her for the week we are gone.
Post # 12
I am extremely worried about leaving my cat at home for two weeks. I can only home my fiances cousin will watch him again.
Post # 13
@UpstateCait: That’s a great idea! My FI and I have talked about setting a nanny cam up because we have always wanted to know what they do while we’re away. I think we just may do that. I know I would feel better.
I also spoke to our good friends yesterday, that live around the corner. They said that they would love to come over and play with our babies (they have four kids that love our pets!) while we are away on our honeymoon. We will still hire a pet sitter to do the necessities (and love on them of course!), but it makes me feel so much better knowing that our friends want to come over here while we are away.
I see that I’m not the only one that is having a hard time dealing with leaving my pets. It’s sweet to see how much we love our babies just like they are our children. I didn’t understand why people were like that until I became a pet owner.
Post # 14
I am dreading that too, we have left them for 2 weeks before when we have been on holidays, and its funny when we come home because they wont have anything to do with us…….they just give us that look as if we are the anti-christ. it takes a good week to 10 days for them to forgive us for leaving them. LOL
but i would love to take them with us, i miss them so much whenever i go away.
Post # 15
@UpstateCait: Great idea! I used to Skype with my puppy all the time when FI and I were living separately (the dog was with him, and while he was at work I kept an eye on him that way). It definitely gives you peace of mind but made me sad at the same time because he was often alone. It’s so funny to see what they’re up to when they’re alone, though!
We’ll be boarding our dog for our out of state wedding, then my parents are watching him while we’re on our honeymoon. I’ll be sad without him but I’m sure the break will be enjoyable!
Post # 16
Our pup is staying with my parents while we’re on our honeymoon. I know they’ll take good care of him, but I’m a bit worried as he doesn’t like to follow the rules while he’s at their house. He’s so good here, and then all of a sudden once he gets there he’s peeing all over the place and running away with shoes. My parents are going to want to kill me.