(Closed) Boarding dog during honeymoon.. So sad. What to do??

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@dreamer1288:  I totally understand! We thought our rescue JRT would totally freak about staying in a kennel overnight, but we ended up one weekend without a choice. Thankfully it was only for two days, and she was completely fine (tired, but fine) when we picked her up. She didn’t feem fazed too much. When we left her at the kennel when we went on a mini-vacation for a few days longer, I think she knew we’d be coming to pick her up. She was still eager to get home, but again, she was fine (we were happy, but definitely surprised).

If you can, I’d do a trial run with him and see how he does – it has the added bonus of reinforcing for him that when he goes to this kennel the second time, mom and dad will always come back 🙂 I think it’s always worse for the humans than the dogs!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’ve left our little Bo-bear in doggy daycares before several times (even overnight). She LOVES it. She gets to play with dogs all day and we usually get her treats (like doggy ice cream) and then they put them to bed in a kennel (the places we go usually have doggy beds, you can bring your own which we do, we bring her bed, her blanket and her favorite toy) usually around 7pm. They’re up early, running around playing. We really miss her when she’s gone, but it’s so cute to watch her play with the other dogs and she always, always has a blast. When we pick her up, we usually have her get an “exit bath” or a full groom or else she’s stinky from playing with the other dogs and she’s always exhausted.

We do not ever kennel her in a place where she can’t play during the day. The doggy daycares that have overnight stays tend to be a bit pricier, but it’s just so much more worth it for her. I don’t want her in a cage all day.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dreamer1288:  I am (obsessivly) attached to my two little yorkies, and had a verrry hard time leaving them for 5 days. The thing that got me through was finding a place taht was amazing for both my comfort, and the dogs… 

Our place they are daycared during the day(around 10-20 different dogs and 2-3 people) and then at night, instead of being in a kennel or a run they were left out on the day care floor with other dogs and handlers also! Knowing that they were getting attention and play time really helped ease my mind. Our place also has video that we were able to watch the pups on during the day, and they seemed happy.

 

My advice is to do a ton of research on places, ask around, and go with what your gut makes you feel comfortable with!

Post # 20
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Newbee

Me and my SO use Dogvacay and I love it. We have a rescue she is really shy and doesn’t do well in kennels. There are too many dogs and she gets overwhelmed and aggressive. Dogvacay is a pet sitting service. You schedule meet and greets with hosts whose profile you like and you can read reviews from other users. You check out their house, see how your dog does in the environment, ask any questions you have, and then make a reservation.

I think it is great because you know exactly who is going to be taking care of your dog. A lot of them are individuals who don’t work or stay at home so someone is almost always with you dog. I think it is much easier on our dog to be in someones home. Depending on who you choose they will send you photos and updates everyday. Also if your dog has special needs they may be more attentive than a kennel. For instance the first time we used the service she hand fed our dog cause she wouldn’t eat out of the bowl (she gets distracted and won’t eat unless everything is calm). Also in the future you can use the same person to host your dog which will make it easier for you and your dog will build a relationship with them. The host we use has really helped our dog socially.

And don’t worry every time we pick up our baby she nearly bowls us over from excitement and then passes out on the ride home from all the fun she had when we were away. I would check it out. I pasted the link below. Hope it helps.

http://dogvacay.com/

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper

@dreamer1288:  We always have friends stay at our house when we go away so that furbaby doesn’t have to have a change of environment in addition to his parents being gone. If that’s not possible, I do not recommend a kennel. We have left our pup in someone else’s home where he was treated like one of their dogs, not locked up all day. That is a huge transition for them and causes a lot of stress. I’d look for a daycare type place as opposed to a locked in a small kennel type place.

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I hate leaving my girls! We are very lucky to have someone that we trust very much, well it is my husband’s sister, stay at the house with the girls. This takes a HUGE load of stress off of us  as we know the girl are safe and cozy in there own house. Do you have anyone you trust really well to housesit?? 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

This is actually my biggest source of stress with regards to wedding planning. Our wedding isn’t until August 2014, but I have cried (and I mean CRIED, ugly cried, in fact!) multiple times thinking about leaving my dog to go on our honeymoon. Logically, I know he’ll be fine, but I just picture myself not being able to relax and worrying about him missing us at bedtime every night we’re away.  My dog is half Dachshund, half Chihuahua, so they’re nervous dogs anyway, and he’s a rescue dog with a lot of anxiety issues due to past hoarding and abuse. He has terrible separation anxiety and only trusts a small handful of people. However, I will say that the only time we had to leave him overnight, we left him with my future Mother-In-Law, and he did fairly well. She said he did spend a little time looking around the house for us and he did whine a little bit, but he eventually settled in and actually slept with her that night.  Sometimes they are much more resilient than we think!

We are very fortunate that the rescue we adopted him from runs a doggie daycare and kennel, which he goes to a few days a week when I’m a work. He likes going there and is used to it, but the times when I’ve picked him up later than usual in the evening, he is usually whining and crying and trying to break out from behind the counter to get to me. I just picture him doing this the first night we are away on our honeymoon and it breaks my heart. Again, I’m sure he’ll be a little anxious at first, but will eventually calm down.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’re definitely not alone in worrying about leaving your baby.  I’ve contemplated ways we could take our dog with us or even skipping a honeymoon altogether, but I think it will be worth it in the end to have that special alone time together.  I’m planning on calling the kennel to check on mine a few times while we’re on our trip, and I’m hoping to buy him a treat/souvenir of some kind to help me think happy thoughts of my little guy.  Just keep telling yourself to take a deep breath and that Alfred will adjust and be fine during your honeymoon. And just think about how happy he’ll be to see you when you return! 🙂

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Can you find a boarding place that has a doggie day care so they play all dat instead of being in a cage like a usual boarding place. My dogs thought it was the best thing ever and then were so tired they just passed out. And trust me he won’t forget you.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m pretty close with the woman who owns the “doggie resort” that our pup goes to, but our dog LOVES it there.  He gets excited to go, and he’s deaf so he’s weird around new people but loves everyone there. Only twice has he given me puppy dog eyes when I left… both times were after he had recently been there and we had to leave town again a few days after… They really love him there and know his “routine”, so I know they take good care of him.  Find a good place, get to know the people who work there and your pup will be fine.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We haven’t had our honeymoon yet because we couldn’t afford it.  The last trip DH and I took together was in 2007.  Now it looks like we’ll be able to pay for a vacation in the near future, but I don’t want to leave my pets either!

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

Our dogs had to be boarded and it was the first time for both. Both are rescue dachshunds and one has IVDD. He had surgery a few years ago but was partially paralyzed. He still can’t really empty his own bladder. It has to be manually done. Finding the right place was crucial. The good news is, there are awesome places out there. The place we chose has four, 30-minute outside play times every day. They get to stay in the same room with one another. They have fresh blankets and water four times a day. They have soothing music playing and staff play and cuddle with them as much as they can, which seemed pretty often. We called every day to check on them and were always assured that they were wonderful and perfectly content. We brought treats and a few toys for them to play with and they were completely happy. I’m sure they probably missed us and weren’t thrilled when they were left there, but if you find the right place, it really isn’t as bad as it sounds. A lot of kennels also offer doggie daycare, so you could try that out first to get your dog used to the staff and the play area. Then for lodging overnight they offer your dog a social play time during the day. There are places that offer doggie webcams, doggie spa services (massage! hair cut, nail trim, etc.). Seriously, your dog will be okay. It’s stressful, I know, but you can definitely find a good fit for your pup.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@dreamer1288:  Aww we have a rescue schnauzer too! And he’s a total crybaby who hates being away from us, but we’ve found a dog sitter he loves! IMO the one-on-one attention with a sitter, and being in a house, is so much better than a kennel. And he loves playing with the sitter’s dog too! We found her through a website called dogvacay.com that I highly recommend 🙂

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@dreamer1288:  I’m nervous too! FI’s cousin offered to watch our 1 year old lab but… They have a new baby and our dog is 80lbs of insane energy. She is A LOT of dog. The cousin is awesome and would take great care of her but I just don’t want to inflict it on them! 

So we did the same thing: found the highest rated kennel around with video etc. Ours has individual doggy rooms where she’ll have her own bed and toys from home and indoor/outdoor access. I feel good about it. We’re not going to give up travelling for the next 12 years, but it is really hard to think of her spending her evenings missing us and being lonely!

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