Post # 1
My wedding is not for a long while but I keep thinking about what we’ll do with the pup on our big day! She is like our child…lol. Everyone who I would trust to look after her will most likely be there.
Leaving her at home and having someone come isn’t an option because we’ll be about 2 hours east of our house for the wedding and then probably continuing east to leave for the honeymoon from my parents’ house in NJ. They’ll have no problem watching her for us then.
I really don’t want to kennel her because I feel like that’s just so stressful for dogs that aren’t used to it. But I guess if we have to I will.
What did you do / are you planning to do with your pup?
Post # 3
@kswiftbride: Have you checked to see about local dog walkers in your area? That is what we planned on doing with our guy. Unfortunately his situation changed 5 days before our wedding when he started having epileptic seizures for the first time (great timing!) and we ended up sending him to the “puppy spa” for the weekend where they had a lot of experience with that kind of thing.
Originally we found a local dogwalker who was going to come by and walk him/feed him twice on the wedding day and bring him to her place over night until he was picked up by our parents. It was very reasonable (i think it was going to cost us $50) and it was nice that she offered to take him for the night as well.
Could be an option? Good luck!!!
Post # 4
Our situationw as a little different because we get married only about 20 minutes from home and our dog was in our wedding, plus my inlaws were staying at our house. But what we did was my inlaws brought Stew to the venue for the ceremony, our day-of coordinator took him home after the ceremony and let him out/fed him, and then my inlaws took care of him over night. our reception was short-ish so he was actually only alone for like 5 hrs.
For my brother’s wedding he just boarded his dogs.
If you don’t want to board them, I’d check CL and see if you could find like a local college student who could come stay at your house for a day to take care of him?
Post # 5
I am in the same boat! We have two dogs – both boys – that are literally like my children! My FH is in the navy and is away on trips a lot, so often times, it is just me and the boys! I want to include them in the wedding in some fashion, because they are such a big part of lives, but our venue is right on the water and that wouldn’t go well! I am thinking about leaving them at home for the first half of the day (his parents will be staying there) and then doing pictures with them after the ceremony and before the reception and then having a friend drop them off at Petsmart for Doggy Daycare.
Have you looked into places nearby that offer boarding? When we board our dogs, we pay to have them out and playing with other dogs during the day, so that they aren’t stuck in a kennel all day. They love it and are always worn out after! We bring them to Petsmart for Doggy DayCare every Wednesday and they are soooo excited when they get there!
Post # 6
My chihuahua was snuck into our room, so he was with me all day while I got ready. The place didn’t allow pets (I’m bad, I know), but he never barks, sleeps 90% of the time, is potty trained- he’s basically a cat. So we got away with it & I’m glad I had him there. (I’m not suggesting you do this by any means.)
@CorgiTales: I wish we could have had him in our wedding- so jealous.
Post # 7
@kswiftbride: omg! This has been the debate in our house lately, too!
We have a dog walker that walks our dog once a week while I’m in class. I want to ask her to stay on board until the wedding, and then watch him the day of the wedding, since yes…everyone that puppy trusts will be there! My dog has a lot of anxiety issues and only trusts a handful of people.
Try calling your vet and getting the numbers of people in your area that dog walk. That’s how I got the number for our lady.
Otherwise, could you board your dog for the day? Is there an over night doggie day care type program in your area? My area is full of them…so we have a few options, just have to find what works best for him b/c of his anxiety.
Post # 8
You could look into “doggy day care” type kennels, like Camp Bow Wow. Is your dog good with other dogs?
If not, ask your vet if their techs do any pet-sitting or if they can refer you to an in-home petsitter.
We are bringing our dogs since our venue is my Grandmother’s house/place, but I’m not sure yet what we are going to do with them during the wedding. I want them in pictures but then they need to go away, LOL.
Post # 9
We got married in my DH’s parents city, but they were the only ones that were living there, so all the rest of us stayed in hotels. Our LD (littel dog-they’re should totally be an abbreviation for this!) was going home to another state with my parents during the honeymoon. So, LD came with us and stayed at his parents/in the hotel during the week. When we were taking pictures, DH’s grandparents who LOVE LD brought her so she could make an appearance at the wedding. Then, they took her back to their hotel room to hang out with their dog. She stayed the night with them and then my parents got her the next day. I actually felt bad about bringing her to the wedding because she was so excited to see us and after a couple of photos, she had to go back to the hotel. I feel really guilty and selfish . . . but I love our pictures with her! Just for fun, here’s a pic from the wedding with LD (sorry it’s so giant-can’t figure out how to resize on here):
Post # 10
I’ve been trying to figure this out myself. My reception venue is only a couple miles from my townhome, so I thought about asking someone to stop by and take the dog out. I don’t want it to be an inconvenience though.
Post # 11
My wedding is still a long way off, but my dog will most likely be going to the kennel for the day of, and then to my parent’s house afterward while my Fiance and I are on our honeymoon. At the kennel I take him to, he is walked several times a day and and has one-on-one play time with one of the kennel staff. (He used to just play with the other dogs, but this past year he’s apparantly gotten into a couple of fights there and has been banned from ‘ doggy playtime’… )
He seems to enjoy going to the kennel well enough, and always comes home exhausted – which is nice for me! Dog sitters (whether they stay in your house or just stop by a few times a day) are another good option! Good luck, and I hope you find something you’re comfortable with!
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
We boarded our dog at a pet “hotel” type thing that was very loving and allowed them to come out and play with the other dogs. He is really social and loved it!
Post # 13
We plan on boarding him at an awesome, awesome dog daycare facility for the wedding weekend…he’ll mostly be out and about playing in their indoor park…and then for the honeymoon my Matron of Honor will watch him for a couple of weeks (and we plan to watch her dog after her wedding in FL)
Post # 14
Totally depends on the kennel and your dog.
Our pup had never been boarded before, but we found a great one that we loved and used that for 24 hours. I would tour the kennels and see what they are like before making that judgement. And bring the puppy too. Your pup may love the interaction with the other dogs.
Post # 15
Same boat! Everyone I trust to care for our dog will be at the wedding. I’m not sure yet what we will do with our pooch…
Post # 16
Our dog went to a doggie day care / kennel and got to play with lots of other dogs all day.