Originally Posted by Diamonddave952
My wife's grandmother recently passed away and we will be flying to FL for a few days to attend her funeral. Sadie, my 15 week Havanese has never been in a boarding kennel never the less even to doggy day care. What can I do to reassure her that we will be back and make her stay in the kennel a positive experience? I am a new pet owner and any insight or thoughts are welcomed.
I would highly recommend boarding at your vet if a friend or breeder is not available. They tend to have the most knowledgeable staff. I had to do this with Clover (who is approaching 14 years) when my grandfather died in October and I also had to go to FL for the funeral.
I also worked at a lot of boarding kennels so I like to think this is most helpful :-)
- Their bed/blanket they are used to (write or sew their name in it).
- Their own food; if possible, in single-serving containers, but if not, that's ok too
- A toy or two from home that they can play with without direct supervision (write/sew name on, as many toys look alike, and can get dirty)
- Don't bring TOO MUCH - more likely something will get lost
I wrote up a short instruction sheet.
- ONE PAGE. The more you write, the less gets read
- Bullet Points. See above
- I put Clover's name, emergency contact info, and a photo at the top
- Clover's had three sections: "Clover Eats" with the basics- he brought his own food, he eats 2x a day, x amount per serving; "Clover needs Medication" with details about what/how much/when; "Clover Brought" with a list of what came with him (green bed, white blanket with green spots, leather leash & rolled leather collar).
It will be great socialization for your baby for a few days! Good luck!