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Help Deciding!

Hi guys, I need your help in making a game plan.
Heres the story.
I had to bring my mom back from Fl and move her into an Alzheimer's home. All very stressful. Now I need to fly back to Fl with DH to pack up her condo.
First off I am a worry wort and over protective mommy.
Mr Hobbes has only been left with my nieces who stay here watching him if I go away. Since DH is coming and nieces are unavailable I am trying to decide what my best move would be.

Should i get a pet sitter to come 3x a day (he really is in a routine here with his doggy door and all) but he would being spending more time alone then he ever has. I'm always home.

Do I fly with him to FL (he's never flown and is 18 pounds??) Can he fly that big and do I drug him?? Flight is 2 hours.

Do I drive with him to FL (he has never been in the car over an hour and it's an 18 hour drive that I think for my own sanity I would break up into 6 hour drives.) (I also hate long drives) With driving I won't feel rushed to get back home to him but I don't know how you work pulling over for the bathroom and eating if it's hot? Take turns with DH I guess?? Again I'm unsure how he will be in the car for that long.

So any advice? He's a bit of an "only" dog and not super social he likes me and even at the dog park will play with other dogs for a minute or two and then walk off on his own and he couldn't care less if someone wants to pet him.

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I've driven with both of mine long drives. When we stop for gas and to use the bathroom we give them a bathroom break and water and let them walk around for a little while. They seem to do ok. They usually don't eat like they do when they are home but get back on track really quickly. Now when we went to PR last year we went through the same thing. We decided on a pet sitter because we could not stand the thought of them being confined to a tiny cage all day and only taken out 3 times a day. At the house they have a large room they are in and we expanded that to two rooms while we were gone. We thought it would be less stressful if they stayed in their own environment. While we will never really know lol we feel like we made the right decision. The pet sitter came 4 times a day and stayed for an hour each time she came. She sent me texts and pictures to make me feel better about leaving them. It was more expenisve than boarding them but it made us feel better and they honestly did seem fine when we got back. Good luck and let me know what you decide to do.
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My understanding it's the height of the dog not the weight as far as flying goes. has to fit in a particular size carrier, to fly with the passengers. also, you shouldn't drug him. decreased respiratory rate isn't a good combo with altitude changes.

I have flown a couple of dogs, one being my 90 lb. rescue from new mexico to CA, and she was fine (she flew cargo). I haven't traveled with my 1/2 hav Ollie yet though.

I think you should have someone house sit for you. second choice would be to put in him in a doggy day care.

My dogs are home bodies, so I always opt for someone to house sit, and sleep over, my dogs need a warm body to snuggle up to and guard.

good luck.
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All of the above are reasonable solutions. We have mostly driven with our dogs over the years and they have all done fine. Sometimes the first day we would have a picnic at a rest area but after that it was drive-thru places to eat. Unless it is cool you can't really leave him in the car even with the windows partway down. If you can trust him not to bark like crazy in a hotel then you could go out to dinner. The LaQuinta Inns allow dogs and are very affordable so I usually just look for those.

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I would either fly or drive with him. Is he used to be in a crate? I have a Sturdiproducts pet carrier Large, which is close to the limits for most airlines. Ache is just 11 lbs but she was very comfortable in it. The vet gave her some med so she was relax for the flight and it helped. You can ask your vet if that is an option. Good luck.

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Thanks for all the good advice. It's really just me. I'm dreading this trip and trying to figure out in my head what to do.
Thanks for the tip on no drugging and I just couldn't send him cargo I'm too much of a wimp for that.

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If you have the time to drive I would drive with him. You will be feeling sad and stressed while you are packing and he will be a comfort to you. If you rule that out then I would also go for a house/pet sitter. I worry if they are alone at night, that is a long period of time for a little one accumstomed to having you home to be alone. Sorry you are having to go through this with your Mother it must be very sad for you. Linda

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Linda, you are so right I only worry about the nighttime with a pet sitter thats why I always had my nieces come. I think if I was better with the idea of driving it would be an easier call.

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My Riley is about the same size as Mr. Hobbes and I fly with him under the seat. I bought the large sherpa carrier. You are not supposed to exceed 20 lbs with dog and carrier, but no one has ever weighed us. I think cost was around $200 round trip. He does great on the plane and seems to enjoy going to new places.

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While it would be hard to leave Mr. Hobbes behind, will you be able to do everything necessary to coordinate your mom's move and take care of dog in an unfamiliar location? Will you have to take him out on a leash every time he needs to go out? Will you be able to pack your mom's condo, coordinate the move, take care of your mom, take care of Mr. Hobbes and keep your sanity? Are dogs allowed in your mom's condo? If that doesn't sound like a problem, I'd take him with me and drive down.

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