Out of town wedding, where to leave my doggies? Tips?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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3011 posts
Sugar bee

atreyu547:  I have used Best Friends pet care and boarded at Pet Smart. My dog always came back perfectly healthy & cared for, but shipping him off always made me feel bad. I have 2 younger friends that love him and I alternate having them stay over with him. 

Post # 3
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917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We usually have a friend come stay with the dogs while we’re gone. If that’s not an option, I would ask your vet if they have a boarding place they recommend.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We have a great pet sitter that my parents use & we take him there.  She’s awesome & has dogs of her own so our puppy always comes back happy & worn out ;].  If we’re only going to be gone for the day, like a long 8+ hour day, we have my 16-year-old old sister watch him.  She loves our puppy & extra spending money, so it’s a win-win haha.

I would ask around [friends, work, etc.] for pet sitter recommendations before resorting to PetSmart.  Honestly though, it can’t be that bad there otherwise such a huge company like that wouldn’t be able to operate if it was so awful & so many pet owners didn’t like that.  

Good luck!  I know how complicated this feels.  I fear the day we have “real” children because I stress so much over leaving our puppy for no reason as it is haha.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 Call your vet office and ask for recommendations. Many vet techs and assistants also pet sit, and they have the advantage of knowing your dog, and also being in the veterinary field in case of emergency or illness. I used to work with our pet sitter at the emergency clinic, so I have no concerns leaving our boys in her care. I actually have her as an authorized person at my local clinic and at the emergency clinic. Obviously, she would attempt to contact me first, but if there was an emergency, she has authorization to have them treated.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do you have any friends that you could help you out? We only ever leave our dogs with my parents or my fiance’s brother and his wife (that’s much more rare though). I just don’t trust anyone with them and that might make me crazy but I could never forgive myself if something happened while they were in a stranger’s care. Reading one or two bad experiences is enough to make me paranoid.

If not, then checking with your vet like other posters have mentioned is the next best thing. Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

atreyu547:  Would your friend be willing to house sit or at least just come by a few times a day to walk and feed your pups? That way they stay at home where they’re comfortable and you don’t have to worry about his neighborhood. We are lucky that my fiance’s brother and his wife live across the street from us (literally) so in those instances our dogs get to stay at home. I hope you can work something out! It’s tough with doggies in these types of situations, I totally feel you.

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