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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.
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Hi DiamondDave,

This will be, perhaps, more stressful for you than the puppy. We have used a PetSuites facility and are really impressed with the one in Cincinnati. I'm not sure where you are or if they have one. It's important to visit the kennel first and I realize this is now an emergency for you during the holidays when it's hard to find a place. If there is a PetSuites, I'd surely try that. They are really good and pay attention.

You'll need familiar things for your puppy, bed, toys, etc. and, of course, food and treats that are normal.

Sympathy on the death of your wife's grandmother but you'll get back to normal and so will the puppy.

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Is your breeder close enough that you could possibly leave Sadie with the breeder for the days that you will be gone? Also, you could leave an article of your clothing (that has your scent - T-shirt?) with Sadie to comfort her.

I am sorry to hear about your wife's grandmother.

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Sympathies to you and your family.

I have only left Lizzie (once) with a trainer who also dog watches in her home. I have left my cats at PetSmart. I was impressed with them. Someone is in the "hotel" 24 hours. My only concern is the vaccine issue. At 15 weeks my vet chastised me for taking her anywhere because she was not fully vaccinated.

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I have never left Gucci in a kennel, when we had to go to a funeral out of state, I took her with us and during the funeral, she stayed in the house (in a guest room) but the house was pet friendly but I didn't really want her to have free run she was still a puppy like yours, and the other times, we've had friends keep her, I'd research the kennels and ask around, we have some bad ones around here (always coming home sick to their owners, etc) that's probably why I'm scared of them.
But I know you don't have much time, check craigslist, you can sometimes find options there

Or buy a sherpa bag and take her with if you have any dog friendly options where you are going (for her to stay during the funeral), she'd certainly bring some smiles to some mourning hearts

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So sorry to hear about your wife's grandmother.

Our vet has a boarding facility as part of their practice. It is staffed 24/7 by people who Panda has been in contact with. She does fine there and they are excellent with her (also if she gets sick she's exactly where she needs to be). You might check with your vet to see if they have a similar setup.

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If you can't have a trusted friend or relative stay with her, I'd suggest bringing her with you. A 15 week old puppy hasn't had all it's shots yet. When my brother passed away a few years ago, we had 2 Havanese at the time and one was a puppy. We brought them with us. We stayed at a pet friendly motel ( the funeral was in our childhood city, not one either of us lived). During the visitation, service and burial, the dogs stayed in crates in the car. At the luncheon afterward we had an exercise pen we set up in the back yard for them to stay as there were a whole lot of people there. They were never stressed and we felt that was the best choice.

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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 :-)

Bring:
- 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!

~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William


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So sorry to hear of your lose. I always board at the Vet. My vet has built a whole new facility since taking over the practice from his father, out in the very back is the old part of the kennels these are large runs in and outs they are very dirty not unhealthy dirty but the grandfather was a vet also and in the old days they use oil for flea control so the runs still have this even sand blasting doesn't help. I like my dogs there I can deal with the oil (I do have them give a bath still they have oil) and they get a big run. Also the vet often has tech's that walk the dogs. Like others have said it's harder on us then the dogs. If I trusted someone here I would have them stay in the house. Hope you find a solution you feel comfortable with.

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I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

My guys have never been in a kennel. Through referrals, I found a great dog walker/house sitter. I have been using her for years now. I just feel my guys are more comfortable at home. She stays here and takes them with her when she can. She does not leave them for more than 5 hrs. Do you think you could find someone to stay at the house? I find it's more affordable then a kennel anyway. For all 3 of mine, she only charges me 60.00 for a 24hr period. Good luck and safe travels.





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