Post # 1
Last time FH and I took a holiday we had someone look after our dogs from a petsitting network, but this time I was willing to pay for some extra peace of mind – when we fly home to the US for the wedding, we’ll be gone almost 3 weeks, plus transit days and stuff.
Most dog boarding in Korea is basically 23.5 hours a day in a wire cage, and I’m not down with that.
Fortunately, there’s a special couple in a southeastern city (waaay out of our way but we’re going anyway for him) that runs both an animal shelter and a pet hotel – they have people to do most of the stuff at the shelter and they run the hotel out of their big house in the countryside on a grassy plot of land by the beach. They have 8(!) dogs of their own. There are special areas for unruly guests but dogs that are chill and friendly with human/dog strangers (like ours, he’s the chillest) basically get to become part of the pack for their stay and get the run of the place to make friends and spend their days romping around outdoors and playing and napping in sunrooms and stuff.
They feed premium food (but will feed yours special if you bring them some) and have a vet on call and speak English (good, since his commands are all in English) and someone’s there (usually playing with the dogs) basically 24/7.
It’s not the cheapest option, but I love the idea that while I’m on vacation soooo far away on the other side of the world getting married, he’ll basically be at luxury doggy summer camp. I wonder if he’ll even want to come home after staying there!!
Post # 3
We’ve done a variety of things, but with our dog most often he goes to a family member or friend’s house. The cats always stay in our house, and if we can find a friend to stay here for the week and all 3 pets that is ideal, but often we can’t and then the dog goes to a friend’s house and we hire a pet sitter to come in and spend time/take care of the cats in home twice/day.
Post # 4
Springing for a good kennel is completely worth it! The place you described sounds perfect for pets! Growing up, my family took a 3 week vacation and left our dog with a local kennel. They were supposed to give her a couple of hours per day outside of the kennel, but it’s clear that didn’t happen. When we brought her home, we let her run around the yard and she tore an ACL within 15 minutes. The vet said the ACL tear happened because she hadn’t been exercised properly for those 3 weeks and ran too hard after returning home. With my dog, we’ve been leaving her with my parents who have a huge yard and a dog of their own. There is a well-reviewed pet hotel less than 1 mile from our house, so they’re my backup plan if we ever can’t leave her with friends.
Post # 5
We only have a cat at this point. She always goes to the IL’s for the time we are gone. They have a cat as well, they seem to get along pretty well. That doggy hotel sounds perfect!!! Great thing for giving you piece of mind while you are away 🙂
Post # 6
Ours stay with my parents. Honestly I don’t think there is anything wrong with kennels, but I would never put our girls in them. One of our pups is scared to death of strangers – all of them, no matter how sweet. It gives her anxiety to be around people/other animals she doesn’t “know” and she shakes uncontrollably, loses her appetite and basically hides or stays in a corner. It typically takes her a few weeks to get acquainted with someone enough to be semi comfortable with them. She allows my mother to pick her up, but still not my dad (even after 5 years!).
Our other pup is super friendly and loves everyone, but she is really small (6 lbs) and delicate. I just worry about people being careful with her or other, rougher dogs around her. She had a pinched nerve in her neck last year that caused her a lot of pain so I’m not comfortable with just anyone taking care of her. Just a worried ‘mom’ I guess 🙂 If our dogs were both friendly and a little bigger then I would definitely consider a good kennel. But alas, it is grandma’s job to watch the babies.
Post # 7
Our furbaby normally stays with family but when they are busy we have another alternative which is a Pet Hotel he loves it there.
Post # 8
We take our dog to the same place he goes to for day care. There are several indoor/outdoor play areas, and all the dogs are temperment tested before they’re even allowed to attend. At night, the dogs are put into their own pens, given a peanut butter kong (if allowed, my dog loves it) and sent off to bed. This is really the only time they are confined to a kennel, during the day the dogs are just playing. They will feed your dog up to 3 times a day (they rest the dogs for 30 mins after feeding), give medications, and there is always someone there to take care of the dogs. It’s pricier than just regular boarding, but our dog loves it there and has made friends.
Post # 9
We are going to have ours stay in a pet hotel with daycare. I am very picky because he gets lots of love and attention at home and I don’t want him to be in a crate for 23.5 hours a day. He is a bit timid but he loves people and other dogs.
Post # 10
I leave my dog at a place called Pampered Pooch. Its a doggy day care! They board them too and have a suite that the dogs stay in and they give them baths and during the day they are included in doggy day care, so they are never lonely. I love it!
Post # 11
We only have cats, but they stay at home and Future Mother-In-Law or a family friend will stop by and check on them, feed them, and clean the boxes. Future Mother-In-Law will also clean, which is nice, haha.
When we get a dog, they’ll most likely go to FFIL’s house.
Post # 12
We have a nearly 8 month old boxer puppy and we haven’t had to face this yet. He comes with us everywhere, even on our weekends away. However, coming on our 2 week weddingmoon in the Caribbean is not an option. We are debating between having our best friends stay at our place with him or paying to board him somewhere. We prefer the idea of him getting to stay in his own familiar environment so hopefully our pals agree!
Post # 13
My dog stays with my family or at the in-laws.
If that is not possible then he stays at the clinic that I used to work at.
Post # 14
It depends on how long we’re gone. If it’s for just a few days, my mom usually housesits and takes care of our cats. If we’ll be gone longer (we recently went on a trip for 10 days) then we bring the cats to my parents’ house instead. They’re not fans of the car ride, but we bring a lot of their familiar things (their own litter box, food bowls, toys) and they adjust pretty quickly.
Post # 15
@Bebealways: I usually pay my sister or a cat sitter to visit once a day when I’m away. I think it’s less disruption if he’s in his natural habitat 🙂
Post # 16
Uh I wish I had somewhere for dog to go! As a puppy in my college town she and I had a million friends, so she would stay with one of them. Then I worked at a cageless kennel/ dog hotel and it was free for her to stay whenever I wanted and as much as I wanted. Last time we traveled she stayed at a country kennel where she (hopefully, supposedly) got to run around. It was cheap. I bet she hated it though, she doesn’t bark so she hates being in an actual kennel with other annoying dogs. Next time we have to board her I will put her in a place where she gets to play with the other dogs – she loves that.