(Closed) Having a pet is fustrating!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2407 posts
Buzzing bee

How old is this dog? Is there anyone who can watch him/her for the weekend? Or is there a reputable boarding place nearby?

We hate to board our dog we do it when necessary. Usually when we travel our dog stays with DH’s parents. We’ve had to board him for a week twice. We go to this place that gives the dogs their own small rooms with windows and TVs. 

Personally, I woudln’t want to bring a dog to a place like that. It would be bored in the room all day. And although my dog is well behaved, I’d be afraid he’d ruin or destroy something because it is a new and unknown environment. 

Post # 4
3943 posts
Honey bee

@pinkshoes: Do you have friends that can take care of him for a few days? Or start checking out some kennels that you could board him at for the week?

Its really not that uncommon. We go away a few times a year and find someone we trust to take care of our furbaby.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah, getting a pet right before a vacation sucks. You should either stay home, or see if its possible to pick him up after the trip. Maybe stay a few days, come back early, and then get him??? We are really lucky, and my sister comes and stays at our house when we are away, so we get a house sitter and pet sitter in one.

Post # 7
2407 posts
Buzzing bee

I know it’s hard to say no to a vacation, but I think you should either not go or wait to adopt him until you get back. Puppies need a routine, especially in the very beginning. I don’t think it’s a good idea to leave him with friends after you’ve had him a week, it will just confuse him.

And I certainly wouldn’t bring him and plead ignorance. If they caught you they could  charge a fine or make the whole party leave. 

Post # 8
104 posts
Blushing bee

@pinkshoes: I agree..I completely understand. We just got a puppy a month ago and right after all my friends planned a weekend trip for this october.  We can’t go because we don’t want to burden our families by having them watch her for a whole weekend.  She’s too much of a handful and we just don’t feel right leaving her with them.  If she were older, we wouldn’t feel so bad leaving her but between house training and all her energy we just don’t feel like it’s fair to them.  I’m bummed I’m missing out on the trip, but I don’t regret getting her.  I do with I could go though. 

Post # 9
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@pinkshoes: Just find a nice kennel nearby.  Our dog LOVES to go to the kennel (I swear – she doesn’t want to leave).  The kennel we go to has a huge play area and the dogs get to run around all day playing.  They only time they spend in a cage is for meal time and at night.  She comes home completely exhasted from having so much fun playing!

ETA: Plus, a good kennel would provide great socialization opportunities for the new puppy!

Post # 10
3943 posts
Honey bee

Oh I didnt realize you were getting him right before the trip.

Ya, I agree with the others. I would either cancel your trip or postpone his homecoming for the week after. He will probably be confused and maybe even a little scared the first few days/weeks with all the change going on. 

Post # 11
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dog LOVES boarding. I found her a cage free facility, and the people there are SO SO nice. Maybe try to yelp a place in your area? Or ask your vet. When I go out of town, she goes and plays with other dogs all day, and then gets a bath and nail trim at the end of her stay. It’s like her own doggie spa trip!


ETA: We boarded Payton for a long weekend the week after we got her, but she was perfectly fine, and she was replete with shelter dog social anxiety.

Post # 13
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t board a puppy.  The transition to a new home after leaving his mom will be traumatic enough.  Being separated from you after a week is going to be really hard on him…AND YOU!

After I brought my puppy home, I took a week off (“pup-ternity” leave!).  I didn’t even want to go back because I didn’t want to miss anything.  They’re only puppies for a short period of time.  We would literally sit on the floor with him and laugh our heads off while we played with him.  It was awesome.  I still hate leaving my dog, but it’s easier now…and my office is reasonably dog friendly and they love having him come in.

Wait and see…you might not even want to leave your puppy once you meet him.  🙂


We take our dog everywhere.  We only stay at Kimpton Hotels (a dog friendly boutique hotel) and we drive for most vacations.  The only exception was for a big family trip to Florida and he stayed with our loveable neighbor for five days.

Post # 14
3799 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They sort of are like having kids. They do put limitations on certain things.

My dog has terrible separation anxiety and when we go to family functions he gets very anxious and mad at people when they come up to me, so I constantly have to worry about him biting someone (he stays on a leash near me) or I have to find a place to leave him where noone will bother him, since keeping him home alone is not always an option.

It’s crazy how much planning goes into going away, etc. with a pet. I am good at taking care of my dog, which oddly gives me confidence for kids (although it is probably a whole different game, I realize this). We had talked about getting another dog for a while, but somedays with the one we have now I just don’t know how I would do it.

Post # 16
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jeannine @ Small Chic: Too funny! I’m actually currently on pup-ternity leave. I go back to work on monday and feel super sad about it!

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