Post # 1
We have a pit/lab mix who is 5 and a golden retriever/irish setter who’s just 7 months old.
We REALLY want to have them both at the wedding, but I’m afraid I will be worried about them all night and not be able to enjoy myself. They both did excellent at a party of ~20 we had Saturday night, but then again that was at home.
If you aren’t bringing your dogs to the reception, what will you do with them?
I also kind of wanted them to be “out of the house” the night before the wedding since BMs and I will be staying there, but I don’t know if I can put them in doggy daycare for 2 nights! They’ve never even been once.
Post # 3
i have a german shepherd that is a big baby and has major separation anxiety so he does best when he is around people he knows rather than bringing him to like petsmart or something. so my Future In-Laws are going to keep him at their place. they have two golden retrievers so he is usually too distracted to care when he is there.
Post # 4
If your wedding isn’t until October, try giving them a day or two at Doggie Daycare here and there to see how they like it.
We had a neighbor let our dog out while we were gone, but he is trustworthy at home alone. I wanted him to be part of the wedding, but he would either be afraid from the sheer number of people (due to an abusive past) and/or be running from person to person for attention. He is fairly well-trained, but I knew that those circumstances would probably be too much for him. I still want to do an anniversary shoot or something with him, my hubby, and I.
Post # 5
Awwww.. our pit/lab was adopted and has an abusive past too 🙁 that’s another reason I think we shouldn’t have them there.
FIL’s are out because they have 3 cats. Everyone else in town we wouldn’t trust with our pets or can’t because they have pets of their own.
Good idea to “test” the waters and take them to doggy daycare for a trial run. I am worried about out pit/lab, though. She plays well with others most of the time, but sometimes not so much.
They are both pretty excellent at home alone (esp the older) so that might be an option. We live in a duplex and know our neighbors.
Post # 6
We’re very lucky in that my best-friend bridesmaid is crazy in love with our dog and that she and the dog know each other extremely well, due to her having lived with us since we adopted him as a puppy. She’s the major push behind having the dog present at the wedding at all, and therefore will not mind at all being primarily responsible for him and his behavior at the wedding. Our puppy is also not as high-energy or high-strung as some dogs, and won’t mind being shut in the upstairs bridal apartment at the venue for part of the evening. I’m going to ask her to bring him out for like 15-minute intervals every hour or so or whenever she feels like having him with her during the reception. I think this will be a great way to put some smiles on people’s faces, get some great photos, but not have him dominate the evening by being present the entire time.
Also, he will not be a part of the ceremony. That would stress me out. He’ll be having alone-nappy-time in the bridal apartment during the ceremony for sure.
Post # 7
Everyone keeps saying that our dog should be a flower girl, but our venue is a glass pavilion right in the middle of downtown. No way would I be comfortable trying to keep our 40 lb mutt on a leash all night! Thats just one level of stress that I don’t need!
I think she’s going to end up staying at home Friday and Saturday night. Fiance is staying there on Friday night and we’ll have to invite a guest to house sit for us on Saturday night. We’d board her but there is no kennel in town that is open on Sundays, and FI’s parents have to pick her up on Sunday morning. She is staying a couple hours away at thier super dog friendly farm while we are on our honeymoon. They are gonna spoil her rotten!
Post # 8
Hey day twin!! I have a pomapoo and I would love for him to be in the wedding, but he is so hyper that it wouldn’t work, lol. He’ll just stay at home while the weddig is going on.
Post # 9
Hi Old Date Twin…. (grrr lack of venues!)
We’re really lucky…. My pup goes to a Standard Poodle Breeder that has a farm they get to run free on! She has had him for more than 2.5 weeks multiple times on out of country trips… and shorter ones where he was the sickest I’ve seen him. She always returns him to me in better condition than I left him.
What about friends… relatives… or a farm? Some “kennels” are not very kennelish…
Post # 10
we figured our puppy would be best staying at home, since he’s most comfortable and familiar with our home. my husband stayed at home the night before the wedding, while i stayed at a hotel so we didn’t have to worry about him until wedding day. we got a dog walker (highly recommeded by a good friend of ours- you could ask friends with pets or your vet, she was awesome!) to walk him during the day of our wedding- we went over our normal routine with her so she knew everything about him and what to do. than my husband’s parents went to pick him up after the wedding- he always stays with them when we go out of town. he did great!
Post # 11
We researched kennels in our area, but ultimately our GSD stayed with my Father-In-Law for the wedding AND honeymoon. We didn’t bring him to the wedding, and I’m glad looking back because there was SO MUCH I was worried about, adding him to it all would have been TORTURE. Much easier to relax and enjoy when you only have to worry about yourself and your FH.
I had a rottie with some aggression (toy aggression) so I didn’t want to leave her at a doggie daycare. I think your best bet is just a boarding kennel. Your dogs can be boarded together, which will make them feel better than being boarded alone.
Post # 12
Our vet’s office does boarding. They have a little yard for them to run around in and I feel its the safest for them. If something were to go wrong, their vet is literally right there. We’ve gone on several trips and sent them there, it’s great.
Post # 13
We’ve got two doggies (our babies, my parents call them their “GrandDoggies” HA!), we’re having family stay at our house (we’re getting married in the town we live) and they’ll care for them. They will most likely be more spoiled with my family there than if we were there…come to think of it maybe I should consider hiding the treats so they don’t gain too much weight 😉 I hope you can find someone to watch them at home, I always worry so much about boarding them. I can only imagine how I will feel about sending my kiddos to daycare!
Post # 14
I also have a rescued pit/lab mix (3 1/2) as well as an almost-6 year old purebred pit bull. At my fiance’s insistence (I am nervous, of course), they will be in the ceremony. He asked a special groomsman to be in the wedding to escort them – this groomsman, aside from being a good friend, lived with the pit bull her first two years of life and his mom is a dog trainer, so I trust him to handle the girls. The girls will be on a leash for the entire ceremony, so hopefully there will be no jumping up on “great aunt Agnes” or knocking down “granpa Joe” etc. Said groomsman will then be driving them to the kennel between the ceremony & reception, where they’ll stay until Tuesday (delayed honeymoon ).
The mix (and sometimes the purebred) is sometimes not that great with other doggies, and I don’t think I would put either one of them in a doggie daycare. But we are lucky enough to have an excellent kennel in the town that we live. We know the owners, we know they are well taken care of, and they have a grand time when they stay there, even though Fiance and I usually walk out nearly in tears for having to leave them.
If I were you, I would start researching places for an overnight stay if you need one. Check out the kennels, talk a walk-thru, look at the conditions of everything and meet the staff.
Post # 15
We have reservations at a really nice kennel for the wedding weekend and honeymoon. No pets at our venue, and he does just fine at the kennels. My folks are taking our cats for the honeymoon since they hate being boarded, but the dog is a little too much for them right now.
Post # 16
@GoCubbies Are you located in the Chicagoland area??? There are a few businesses that offer in home pet sitting.