Post # 1
Hello ladies! What are you going to do with your dog on your wedding day? We have a large (boxer mix) dog that we generally have to crate since she has major separation anxiety. We’re her 4th home if you include the breeder and we only got her at one year old so I think she feels like people are going to constantly abandon her. She’s 2 1/2 now and we’ve been trying to work on her, but she can only be left out of a crate for very short amounts of time when we’re not home.
I’m not sure what we can do with her on the wedding day… leaving her at a kennel makes me nervous, but I don’t want her crated ALL day. That’s just mean and not fair to her. : ( Everyone we know who would be willing to watch her will be at the wedding though. I think the kennel may be our only choice, but I just wanted to see if anybody had a similar situation and found an alternative.
Post # 3
I have thought about this too… I can leave my dog alone at home for the wedding day, but if you can’t leave her alone for an 8 hour day (for example) then yeah, I’d say probably a kennel. But go check them out, there’s some really nice places, and even if it’s kinda expensive, you’re only paying for one day, not a week or full vacation. Not sure how big of a city you’re in, but I’m sure there’s somewhere that’s acceptable. You can bring your dog there ahead of time to get used to it; sometimes they have doggie daycare or socializing or something.
Post # 4
We ended up having to crate ours. :/ It was for about 8-9 hours because Darling Husband got ready here and then Brother-In-Law came and slept over so we didn’t have to take them to a kennel for the honeymoon. I felt bad but it was better than a kennel for them – our youngest has some separation anxiety and kennels are not his friend. :/ He gets way too wound up and doesn’t get sleep and barks, poor little guy. We bribed Brother-In-Law with his favorite snacks and free reign of the game systems and tv. Lol.
Post # 5
What about a doggy daycare? Is there anything like that in your area?
Post # 6
Our dog will probably hang out at home, flopped on the couch like a slug–as always. 🙂
I know you said that the people who would be willing to watch her will be at the wedding. Have you considered having an acquaintance come and watch your doggie for you day-of? That seems like it’d be less taxing on your pup than a kennel. A dog loving friend-of-a-friend could work out quite well, I believe.
Post # 7
How about a friend of a friend? Ask your friends/family if they know anyone who’s good with dogs. That way, you don’t have to worry about someone being angry that they’re not at the wedding (because they won’t know you) and you have someone to give their full attention to the dog instead of a kennel.
Post # 8
@FloretteLiz: this sounds just like our story. We have a rescue boxer who has been bounced from place to place and then was left in boarding for like a month…. 🙁 We are getting married at a B&B about and hour from our place and everybody who could watch him is going to be at the wedding.
We have been looking into boarding places that have big out door yards and his own private room. He is very people shy and I just know he will hate boarding but we have found some great options that pamper your pet! We are also looking into companies that have people who will come out to your home, or take your dog to their home. WE only have a few weeks left to figure this out so we have to get a move on
Post # 9
What about a dog sitter. you pay them and they will come to your house and play with the dog and let her out. you can tell them to come twice a day or whatever you want.
Post # 10
On my wedding day my late pup, Cody, was 15 years old and didn’t do well outside of our house at all (he was blind and deaf).
I asked my neighbour, who has 3 dogs, if she would be willing to come over to let him out and feed him etc. throughout the day. She was more than willing and I must add that this is a neighbour who is just an acquaintance, we have never asked anything of this nature before.
Do you have anyone like this that you could ask so your pup can stay in the comfort of his own home. People are usually more than happy to help you out on your wedding day!
If this is not an option what about hiring in-home doggie care for the day?
Post # 11
We’re having our dog stay at the kennel we like from Friday through Sunday, and then she’s going home with my in-laws while we’re on our honeymoon. We try not to kennel her for more than a long weekend because she gets a little stressed with all the other animals around her.
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro
Our dog was at the kennel! We take him to a cage-free kennel that also has a doggy day-care component to it.
You could also hire someone to take care of your dog in your home. Typically, you can either hire someone to stop by multiple times per day, or you can arrange for that person to spend the entire day + night in your home. My friend has done work like this on the side through ads and word of mouth, but there are also dedicated companies for this type of work.
Post # 13
We found a home-boarder. We live in the San Francisco area and there are lots of options for this type of service. (They are people who have dogs come stay in their home so you don’t need to worry about a kennel or having your dog stay in a crate all day.) You can try Google or Yelp to see if there’s anyone like this in your area. Good luck!
Post # 14
We’re leaving my dog at my parents house.. he gets along great with their dog.. so I figure if they have to be alone from 4pm-1am they may as well have each other for company. Dogs are bums and sleep all day anyway.. If I put mine in a kennel he’d probably die of a heart attack!
Post # 15
Hire someone to hang out with her! We crate our dogs but an entire day is obviously way too long. We’ll have to pay someone to hang out with them all day.
Post # 16
Our dog has always been babysat by friends/family when we’ve gone away…but clearly, on our wedding weekend they will all be busy! We plan to send him to a really awesome doggy daycare for the weekend. Then our friends will take over watching him while we are on our honeymoon. I like the idea of the dog daycare because he can spend several hours playing in a group amongst other dogs. He won’t like it, but it’s better than keeping him in a cage all day….aww, this makes me sad for my poor little man 🙁