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items/info/prep for dog sitter...?

Hello fellow hav lovers!
We are going on vacation soon and are leaving our sweet girl with a member of the forum!! It should be an exciting vacation for everyone!! Tillie will have 2 havs to play with and we will have fun of our own, although I am starting to really freak out about leaving her!

For those of you that have left your babies with dog sitters, what advice or thoughts can you share with me to make sure I have covered all the info and remembered all the things she will need...?

I am praying that she adapts easily to living with 2 havs as she is an only dog and I worry that she may have a rough time adjusting as well as being confused and missing us. I sure wish they could fully understand English so I could explain everything to her!

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Aw Tammy, how great of you to actually take a vacation! I am sure you are excited!

Since you are leaving Tillie with another hav owner, I am sure there is not much to worry about, though, having home-cooked meals for Tillie for a while now, that would be one thing... how *are* you going to deal with that?

When I left for Paris and had to leave Cey with my neighbors for 11 days, I was a wreck too. They were not at all familiar with havanese dogs and in fact are not even dog owners, but, they love Cey to pieces and are really good, thoughtful, kind, and respectable people so I knew I could trust him with them, and also and most importantly, that I could trust them to follow my basic instructions about feeding, watering, care, etc.

I just left them 1) his crate, 2) his food (also his food and water bowls), 3) a variety of his favorite toys, chewies, etc., 4) his shampoo and conditioner, 5) his combs and brushes (even though it was another neighbor that was going to be combing him out - long story but basically she was familiar with grooming animals and they weren't, and she had already offered to groom him whenever I wanted, and since we all live next to each other in the same courtyard it worked out perfectly), and just really basic instructions about how I care for him (what I do with him when I am not home, his feeding schedule (or lack thereof, since he free-feeds, but same idea), how often to bathe him, etc. Oh and of course his harness and two leashes, one regular and the other a flexi-lead. And the address and phone number of his regular vet, and the emergency vet they should take him to after hours if anything happened when his regular vet was not at work, and of course my phone number while I was traveling. Whew, do I sound like an overprotective mother yet?!

Anyway - as you are leaving Tillie with another havanese owner, you should have a lot less to worry about in general that I did . As long as you have communicated with the sitter about Tillie's schedule and what she is used to (crated at night vs. not, feeding schedules, etc.) and give them basically everything physically important to what might make Tillie feel more at home there (crate, toys, etc.) then I am sure she will be fine!

In fact, I bet she LOVES having two live-in playmates while you are gone
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Well, we just picked up Lizzie last night from the dog sitters. She did not eat well and was up at 5am most of the week. At home she lounges in bed!!! Her sitter had never watched a Havanese and researched the breed and realized that they are really people dogs. I think Lizzie was confused and maybe depressed. Overall, I think things went as well as expected since she has never been away from home or me. I took Lizzie's food over frozen in baggies. I mix up all the ingredients and portion each meal out. Since I have started cooking for her she has never missed a meal and I came home with 2 meals!

I took a few of her toys, but not her favorite one. I forgot it I took the bed to her crate, but she never goes in her crate, her food bowl, her combs and brush, shampoo and conditioner (I think she did not use it or conditioner as her hair full of static today) and a note with her usual schedule. I was thinking that I should have taken a shirt of mine.

I think since she is staying with a forum member I would not worry as much. She knows havanese and Tillie will love playing with them. Lizzie never got to really run and play as her sitters yard is not fenced and she was on her leash when outside. Mine isn't either, but we do let her run in the back yard.

Lizzie was so happy to see us last night and when she got home she ran around the house and got out all of her toys and was so happy!!!

Have a great trip-aren't you going to Disneyland? We just got back from Disney World and the Christmas lights and displays were fantastic. We went to the Grand Floridian hotel to see the life-size gingerbread house and the Yacht and Beach Club has a carousel made of chocolate and gingerbread. They were phenomenal.

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I wouldn't worry, Tammy! Kodi LOVES going to stay with my groomer (who also cares for him while I'm away) He LOVES being with her other little dogs. (one is a poodle cross, who he follows around slavishly and the other is a Chi/terrier cross who like to RLH with him) Kodi actually hurt my DH's feelings the last time, because HE was the one to drop Kodi off. Instead of being sad to see Daddy go, it was more like, "Yay!!! All my FRIENDS!!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Dad!"

When Kodi was younger, I sent him with an ex-pen and his litter box. Now he doesn't need them. He goes with his crate, (Michele takes the door off and doesn't even shut him in at night) his food and supplements, dishes, leash, harness and collar. Since Michele is a groomer, I don't need to send any grooming tools. Oh, I also send at least one extra crate pad in case one gets gross and needs to go in the wash.

I have learned that if you send your dog to a house with other dogs, DON'T send toys... they may cause arguments, and even if not, they are likely to get lost.


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I don't think I saw this mentioned in the above posts. When we travel with ours, I take a copy of their immunization record 'just in case', and we actually had to use it once so was glad I had it. One gal that we left Augie with when he was around 8 months requested a signed release form in the event she had to take him to a vet, basically us giving her permission to seek medical care and that we would cover the resultant medical expenses. I really liked this gal and she really loves dogs, but her property, although securely fenced, is surrounded by large trees, and when we went to pick him up, there was a huge hawk sitting in one. Did that ever scare me when I thought back about it!

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great advice! thank you!!
I hadn't thought about a signed medical release, that's a good idea!
Yes, we are going to Disneyland! I've never been at Christmas time and the kids and my husband have never been at all! Should be... interesting! LOL
I am thankful Tillie will be so close to us, as Debbie's house is only a 1/2 hr away from Disneyland and after our time there we are going to spend a couple of nights in Laguna Beach! If I'm up to it physically (not to wiped out or in pain after 3 days at disney. LOL) I would LOVE to take TIllie to the beach.... we'll see on THAT one, as it would most definitly mean she would need a BATH!
I am already looking forward to picking her up... and dreading dropping her off!
Yes, I am so very thankful that Debbie knows all about havs and has graciously offered to watch Tillie! I am so looking forward to meeting her and Zoey and Riley!!

Question with regards to toys ... if she has a few special "lovies" that would really help her feel more comfortable would it be okay to take them and just give them to her at night or in her crate? If they cause problems during the day I would have Debbie just put them up ...?

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Question with regards to toys ... if she has a few special "lovies" that would really help her feel more comfortable would it be okay to take them and just give them to her at night or in her crate? If they cause problems during the day I would have Debbie just put them up ...?
I think if they are just for her in her crate it will be fine. It's only if she and the strange dogs all want them together that there would be a problem.

You're a better woman than I heading off to Disneyland. We did Disney World ONCE when the kids were little, and, honestly, I hated it. I'm not an amusement park person, I hate crowds, lines and standing in the sun. Plus my son who is on the spectrum had a VERY hard time with it. I spent most of each day riding "It's a Small World" with him while my husband did fun stuff with my other one because he was afraid of EVERYTHING else! I was ready to smash all the speakers to turn that D*&@ song off by the end of the day!

In hind sight, I should have sent DH and Robbie off to the park and spent the day at the hotel pool with T... we both would have had a better time!

We all did like Epcot and Animal Kingdom though... except for the crowds and the lines.


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I don't think I saw this mentioned in the above posts. When we travel with ours, I take a copy of their immunization record 'just in case', and we actually had to use it once so was glad I had it. One gal that we left Augie with when he was around 8 months requested a signed release form in the event she had to take him to a vet, basically us giving her permission to seek medical care and that we would cover the resultant medical expenses. I really liked this gal and she really loves dogs, but her property, although securely fenced, is surrounded by large trees, and when we went to pick him up, there was a huge hawk sitting in one. Did that ever scare me when I thought back about it!
That's a great tip, Linda. We keep a copy of all Kodi's papers in the glove compartment of the truck for when we travel with him, but I hadn't thought of leaving them with a person caring for him. Of course, at least so far, we haven't left him with someone when we've ALL been away. Mostly it's when I am away and I don't want him cooped up all day while DH is at work. So in an emergency, his caregiver could get in touch with Dave, and he'd handle the bills, etc.


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LOL, ya I used to be an amusement park person... now that I'm all old and in pain (fibro + damaged nerves from back surgery + torn tendons in my knee that I refuse to have surgery on...) I really don't have the patience or tolerance for lines, crowds and people! LOL like I said, this should be interesting! Growing up, my aunt worked there so I went a lot. I almost feel bad that my kids haven't been yet. and honestly, this is like a big CHECK mark... okay THAT's DONE... ha ha ha. They are at the perfect ages... and I just want to get it over with!
I am SOOOO looking forward to pirates, Tom Sawyer Island, haunted mansion and the fireworks and parades... and praying that it isn't TOO crowded... oh how I wish I could do roller coasters still... Big Thunder Railroad is my ALL time favorite!!! So thankful that the last time I was at Disneyland (in college) I went in February, the park was DEAD and I rode that ride like 10 times, just running around and getting back on time and time again!! ... ahhhh to be young and healthy again!

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Have a great time Tammy. I think you have everything under control. The health records are always a good idea as Linda said. Take lots of photos of you having fun!

Sir Winston sez "Non Basta Una Vita.

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