(Closed) Where do your pets stay when you go on vacation?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Where do you send your pets when you go away?
    A sitter comes to my house (paid) : (9 votes)
    8 %
    They go to a sitter's house (paid) : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Family/friends visit my house : (35 votes)
    30 %
    They go to a family/friends house : (43 votes)
    37 %
    They go to a kennel or vet's office : (12 votes)
    10 %
    They go to a fancy pet hotel : (12 votes)
    10 %
    They go with me! : (5 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 17
    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We have a few friends who are willing/able to stay at our house while we are out of town.  We do leave them money, and a stocked fridge with their favorite snacks & beer or wine.  We have three dogs, two are great danes, and there aren’t (m)any places with enough space for the big ones.  Well, there’s one place, but it’s really expensive, so we would end up spending more to board our pack than we would spend on our vacation.

    Also, because one of our danes is highly selective about who he trusts, and the other one has serious separation anxiety, whoever watches them has to actually SLEEP at our house.  Lukcily, two of our most trusted house/pet sitter pals are in college and absolutely LOVE a chance to get away from roommates and have an entire house full of snacks to themselves. 

    Post # 18
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    The past 2 years we have actually tailored our vacation to include the dogs. We are pretty outdoorsy and certainly obessed with our dogs. Both times we have rented a cabin that is pet friendly. The one we are going to this year is fenced and right on a river. We go with another couple that has a dog. This way, everyone has a blast, the dogs get worn out, and we dont have to pay for boarding.

    I think if we were going on an vacation where the pups couldnt come, my doxie would stay with family and we would board our pittie since she is a bit more to handle.

    Post # 19
    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Before we got a dog our cats would just stay home for a short trip and someone would come feed them etc. now I think the whole lot of them would to my in laws. Or maybe just the dog. When we all went on vacation together we paid for a house sitter and I would definitely choose that route again. Once we put the cats in a boarding place where they were only kennelled at night and I would NEVER do it again. Even though we had to provide proof of all their vaccines my babies still caught something there! On top of already paying for fairly expensive boarding we also had hundreds of dollars in vet bills. Never again.

    Post # 20
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee

    Either my brother housesits for us or we hire a petsitter. I’m really trying to avoid ever putting them in kennels.

    Post # 21
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Our dog stays wither with one of my parents or friends of ours.  All of them live back home though, so that means at least an 8 hour drive round trip before we go anywhere, but we think its worth it.  She loves being back home and visiting the family so we think its best for her (she’s a rescue and still has abandonment issues so leaving her with people she already knows and loves keeps her calmer).

    If we didn’t have that option, I’m not sure what we would do to be honest as she wasn’t socialized before we got her and as hard as we’ve tried, she still sometimes just barks in other dogs faces (all the while wagging her tail).  She also really doesn’t like her crate very much at all (we were told that she was kept in a crate where she originally came from almost all day every day).

    Glad you found a good place to leave your pets!  Its definitely worth it if you ask me.

    Post # 22
    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    It depends, we don’t go many places we can’t take the dogs. If it is more than just the weekend they go to my parents. If we are just going away for the weekend and they can’t come there is a kennel with lovely big runs and lots of play time we take them too. 

    Post # 23
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It depends.


    Sometimes my in-laws will watch her if they are available but if not, our dog goes to a “luxery” kennel where all the dogs who behave get to play together outside/inside all day and they are only in actual kennels for meals and to sleep at night.

    Post # 24
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    we have a cat and a rat. our rat goes to stay with my mom (he has his own cage there and everything!) and our cat stays in our apartment. my mom goes over twice a day to feed him and play with him. he was a feral cat before he got rescued and it took him 2 months to start settling in at our place. he also pees and poos on himself when he goes to the vet becuase he’s so scared so there’s no way we would take him to a pet hotel. he wouldn’t do good with that. he’s a homebody!

    Post # 25
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    Fiance and I rarely go on vacation to somewhere other than my parent’s house, so they come with us! We even took our older cat camping. If we go somewhere that is not pet friendly, then we try to take them to my parent’s house OR find someone who can stop by once or twice a day to feed them.


    🙂 They are great car riders.


    Post # 26
    1734 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I voted for fancy pet hotel, but it’s more like a rustic pet hotel, haha. This couple runs it out of their home. They have about an acre of woods and grassy areas completely fenced in and they spend hours outside walking around and playing with the dogs each day. The dogs have free reign to move in and out of the house as they please through a doggie door. Apparently our boy spent a LOT of time outside just relaxing in the sun. On his first overnight trip there, he claimed a corner of the living room as his own and that is where he went to sleep and the owners were fine with that – no crate or cage required at bedtime. They gave him lots of pets and love and called us that night to let us know how much he enjoyed his time out in the woods with the other dogs. We adore these folks and will never leave him with a kennel again – hours in a tiny wire cage is an absolute NO now that we’ve seen the way this couple treats their boarders. They really do treat each dog like one of their own.

    Post # 27
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Most of the above. I have a 10 lb toy poodle.  If I’m going to visit family (my SO’s family is a 6 hour car ride & my family is a 3 hour flight) then I take him with me since we’ll be staying with family, and they love him. Depending on the vacation, we might take him too and just get a pet friendly hotel. For other vacations, I have a few friends in town that are usually willing to take him in while we’re gone. I usually pay them with Publix gift cards. 🙂  Sometimes they aren’t available, and I have a sitter come to my house 3 times a day for an hour each time. I only do this for 3-4 days max because I feel so bad leaving him alone most of the time.  If we’re going away for more than 4 days and someone can’t watch him, then there’s a dog daycare/boarding facility that I take him to. It’s $50 a night, but worth it because he gets to play all day and people are there 24/7 so he’s not alone.

    Post # 28
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    For the most part, our pup goes to my parents house or stay with SIL. However, there have been a few times that she has gone to stay with the sitter at her house. For our wedding, she will stay with the sitter for the weekend, then spend the next 2 weeks at my parents while we are on our honeymoon.




    I looked into some of the luxury pet hotels, many of them around here are very nice, with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, private suites, pools and “doggie spas”. They even have webcams so you can login and view your dog, but for some reason I still can’t bring myself to leave here there!


    Post # 29
    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Our yellow lab Vala is 5 years old and we have never left her alone to go on vacation, our honeymoon coming up will be the first time.  I feel absolutely awful.

    My fiance’s parents live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and will be coming down here for the wedding and will watch her.  They are going to try and watch her here at my fiance’s house, but my future father-in-law is having mobility issues and may not be able to handle the stairs so they may have to bring her to Michigan and then bring her back home to us.

    I seriously feel so bad for my puppy, she isn’t going to understand and she’s going to think we abandoned her.  We are not going to a hotel the night of our wedding because we’re going back to his house so we can spend a little time with her before we leave that Monday.  I know, I know, I’m waaaaay too attached to my dog, but how can you not be attached to that face?!?!

    Post # 30
    1076 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    For our honeymoon, my russain tortoise and hamster at the time stayed with my parents. Hamster passed on. I now have a rabbit and tortoise. When we go on vacation this summer both will stay at my parents or Bun Buns may come with us. 🙂 

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