(Closed) Only dog people could understand…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@CorgiTales: I’m not sure where you are in Cbus, but if I have to board my pup (and like you, I HATE doing it!) I really like Top Dog Daycare up in Dublin. It’s not super cheap, but Lola always comes home happy and exhausted and the owner is a really knowledgeable, fun dog person. 

 

I feel you on this one – my FH’s family are not dog people, so every time we go over there (which is frequently, because they’re close and my parents are in Chicago) I have to leave her home. She’s also got a loud bark that scares my niece, so I’m not allowed to take her to Cleveland when I go up there either. It drives me crazy because if she could just hang out for a little bit she’d stop barking and just love on everyone πŸ™ Hope you find something!!

 

EDIT: I also lived in Michigan for 2 years for grad school and the thought of leaving a dog – and a small one at that! – outside in that kind of brutal weather is just insane!!! I’m pretty sure had someone asked me to do that there would have been some accidental F bombs dropped πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I totally get you!  I’m much more attached to our dog than DH is and the other day she was accidentally left in the sun room (where she hangs out while we’re at work) without her toys.  When we got home she had chewed some of the wood on the door frame and he freaked out.  He was talking to a friend on the phone later that night and said that if the friend knew anyone who wanted a dog to let him know.  Apparently he was joking, but I didn’t know that and FREAKED OUT!  I cried like a small child for about 1/2 an hour until he confirmed that he was just frustrated and joking. 

Moral of the story, I’d feel the exact same way you do!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

No, I completely understand.  My in-laws go up to Detroit, Michigan, every single year to visit my Fiance’s awesome grandmother for like 10 days (she’s really great) BUT it requires me to board my cats.  I don’t like boarding them.  I did one year when I only had my oldest, she came back scared and upset (and developed some really bad behaviors during that).  I never want to put my cats through that again because I don’t want them to think I gave them up.  They all been through the shelter and to me, boarding is a similar environment.  So I don’t go, it’s as simple as that.  I can use the excuse of “work.”

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Aww, I totally understand.  My puppy Toby is like my baby.  It’s so frustrating when people don’t get that.  I would NEVER tie Toby up outside when it is cold.  He might be a dog, but he hasn’t spent a day in his life outside in the cold, no way.

Is having him boarded an option? We went to Florida for a week last year, and boarding him was the only option since we were driving.  We did some research and had him boarded at his vet.  He loves his vet, and recognizes her in an instant.  She called me everyday to give me updates, and even sent me iPhone pictures of him! (I still cried a few times, but whatever…)

How long would you be gone? I wish I was closer to Ohio, I would be more than happy to pet-sit for you for free! I love dogs, and Toby would love a playmate.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@CorgiTales: Oh no no no – he’d be out all day playing with the daycare dogs πŸ™‚ Lola only goes in her crate at night – and I think that’s optional because they have rooms for boarding dogs. She likes to sleep in hers so we go for that. They also have a webcam so you can check in on him throughout the day. 

Post # 10
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

@CorgiTales:  Two weeks is a long time, I’d stay away from places that stick dogs in cages.  My cat came back traumatized, and I’m not just saying that–my sister and Fiance both saw a difference in her demeanor. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

This place is in Columbus.  An old teacher of mine lives there, with three puppies, so I called her πŸ™‚

She gets them boarded here, and she said she has had really good luck with it and likes it.

Hope this helps.

http://www.alltails.com/pages/tour.aspx

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I understand completely!  I have a dog who is very much a mommas-boy and would melt-down in a kennel. I can just see the ‘look’- “but Mom, I sleep under the covers!?”

My other dog has separation anxiety so she will actually hurt herself if kenneled.  Luckily FI is VERY attached to his dogs as well, so that helps.

His family are not dog people.  I suspect they would not get the cabin that allowed dogs cause they do not want him there.  I try to remember not to take it personally.  Even at my house I can see that the dogs make them uncomfortable and they try to hide it (which I appreciate!)  They just do not understand the relationship.  In fact we just started chemotherapy on FI’s dog, and I know they will think that is just ridiculous. 

Anyway, if the lodge is too far to just go up for the day, I would look at staying at a dog-friendly hotel and just go spend the daytime with the family.  Not ideal, but they may see that if they want you and hubby around they need to accept the dog.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I wish we were closer – we’d take Stew!  I totally understand and I think that would drive me nuts!  We spend a lot of time with hubby’s family, but they have three dogs and love ours, so it’s not a problem, plus they’re 8 hours away (sucky, but doable) This year we’re not leaving until Christmas eve to go visit my parents in Oregon and we’re scrambling with what to do with Eva.  She’s a hair to big to go with us on the plane and I’m hesitant to crate her and ship her with the luggage, particularly since the last flight we’d take is on a TINY plane and I’m not sure that they have the facilities to handle a dog in cargo.  I’m hoping a friend of mine can come and stay with her while we’re gone, otherwise I’m nut sure what to do. 

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i think edgypeanut’s idea is an excellent one, if the dog can visit the lodge/area where people are hanging out (maybe they won’t allow him to stay, but spend some time there?).  then you can have the best of both worlds.

i absolutely know what you mean — everytime we have boarded the pups for christmas (we have to fly across the country, so they can’t come)  i am actually doing some research on local kennels today but it is just depressing….

one year i had to travel a lot for work, and i looked into having a dog sitter come to my home/keep sammy at her place.  she ended up staying with the dog sitter at her house, where she basically had the run of the place and got to play with the sitter’s dogs for the week.  i LOVED that arrangement and sammy seemed to have a great time, but unfortunately we moved and have not found anything similar here…. our new dog, luke, is also a rescue and he HATES being crated and is really afraid of new people, so i am really worried about him….

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know it’s hard to leave your pup, but I promise, at the most he would be upset for a day after you got back.  Most likely, if you took him to a kennel, he would be so happy to see you when you picked him up he’d forget all about the fact he doesn’t like a crate.

A few tips if you choose to board him:

I would just recommend chosing a kennel that has designated playtimes (mine does 4 30 min group play sessions for boarding dogs, same as daycare) or all day play outside of the crates/runs.  It gives great mental and physical exercise and eases the stress of being caged the other times.  You can also request and pay extra for the bigger runs that larger dogs get. You just pay the large dog price for the run instead of the small dog price.  He’d have tons of room to move around in those.  Just check out a few places first and make an educated decision and you’d feel good about it.  You could also try boarding him for a day/night to see how he does before making the decision to do it for a week. Also, bring in a blanket or his bed from home to put in his crate/run so he has something familiar.

Good luck! You can do it, and your dog will be fine.

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