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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bring him or leave him

Hi all,

I'm planning to visit my Mom in Florida in Oct for a week. My husband is also coming with me this time so I'm really having a hard time deciding what to do with Coco. He's six months old now and has never been away from me. I'm retired and we spend all day together. We play, go for walks in the neighborhood and socialize with people and other dogs. I only leave him for short periods of time to go to the store or visit a friend but that's it. I have the choice of leaving him at a day care $47 a night (they don't crate them) and I've heard good things about this day care or leave him with a woman who takes dogs into her home (he doesn't know her) for 35$ a day and she works 2 days a week so he would be alone, or bring him on the plane. Because he's so big (15 lbs) he won't fit under the seat so he would have to go in baggage or cargo for ($200) one way. Where do you guys think he would be happiest? I would appreciate any feedback because I have not be able to come to any kind of decision.
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 07:10 PM
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Have your mom come visit you. Pay her way. LOL not fond of any of the options.

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Would love that, but she's 93 and does'nt want to fly anymore
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Can't blame her. The daycare is my second choice.

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Yeah, I'm leaning toward that too. Thanks
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I would have to say the daycare. I prefer the idea of the woman who does it out of her home (my husband and I do that), but I wouldn't like that he would be alone 2 days a week. Does she work a full day?


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I agree with Dave. You have some time before October; is there anyone you know that you could have come in to your home and house/puppy sit while you are away? If not, do a few trial runs with the day care situation - one or two nights at a time to get him used to it. Our last trip, we ended up leaving Augie at a boarding place. He was well taken care of and did fine, but he was never far from my thoughts while we were gone.

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I think she does work a full day but have to check. Also she might have other dogs there as well. I do know the day care I'm considering has a hook up that you can view your dog and see him playing and how he's doing. I think this will be harder on me than on coco.
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Hard choices to make! Too hot for the plane to FL in October so that would be out. Are you sure you can't squeeze him into a soft crate? You do have time and might come up with something better in the meantime. Maybe you could find a college student that isn't at school all day - that might work. You are right, though - it will be harder on you than Coco! I'm sure the daycare would be fine and he might enjoy having other dogs to play with.

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Daycare but start him now, so he is accustomed to it and you are not gone so long...1/2 a day, then maybe a full day and then overnight...he needs to know where he is before he is left so long.

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