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searching again for a pet sitter...

We took Lizzie to a pet sitter a few weeks ago. I talked to her today and she is not sure that she wants to take Lizzie over Spring Break. She said that she is higher maintenance than a Daisy dog is. She did not like having to add supplements to Lizzie's home cooked food. I add 1/4 teaspoon of a supplement mix every meal, 1/4 teaspoon fish oil in the am and a capsule multivitamin sprinkled in her food M-W-F. I did request that she comb her and I think she kept them up the first few nights. She did tell me that Lizzie could sleep with someone, but I think she kept her in the living room and Lizzie started barking after her husband went to bed. She hasn't been getting any knots lately, so I don't think that combing was that big of a deal.

She suggested finding someone to stay in the house. I just have a really hard time having a stranger stay here. We lucked out in August as our neighbors were moving and the girl's stayed here before heading off to college and teaching abroad.

I have watched my mom's dog a lot, but they will be in Arizona. I am also afraid that she will be too firm with her. She thinks it is bad she sleeps with us. It just works for us. Lizzie loves to be with people. She is not a lap dog, but always near.

I am visiting a family on Saturday that watches dogs in their house. Hopefully, she will take Lizzie. Spring Break is an issue here as ALL the school districts in the entire area take the same week off for Spring Break. Anyone who watches animals will fill up quickly.

Not much any of you can do, I just needed to vent!

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If I lived closer to you, I would be very willing to have Lizzie for a week And she does not sound high maintenance to me, however, I have a whole protocol/routine that I follow for Dionna regarding her meals and snacks and this has helped her get off her 1/4 tablet antiacid medication in the eveing for her bile buildup. (that leads to the occasional morning vomiting). Where are you vacationing? I hope you find somebody that you are satisfied with! andra
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Do you, by any chance, belong to a Church? If so it might be possible to find a retired person who you know even slightly and who loves dogs to come to the house. Sure would be easier for Lizzie who doesn't sound very high maintenace to me.

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awwwww Lynne, I am so sorry to hear that the sitter didn't work out!!
is there anyone on the forum from Michiagn?? Man, I wish we were closer... I know Tillie and Lizzie would be best friends.. sigh... darn country being so HUGE!!
I hope you can find someone soon that LOVES Lizzie...

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If I lived closer to you, I would be very willing to have Lizzie for a week And she does not sound high maintenance to me, however, I have a whole protocol/routine that I follow for Dionna regarding her meals and snacks and this has helped her get off her 1/4 tablet antiacid medication in the eveing for her bile buildup. (that leads to the occasional morning vomiting). Where are you vacationing? I hope you find somebody that you are satisfied with! andra
Lizzie sometimes vomits bile in the am, too. I have a routine with nighttime snacks and it helps. She did have one day at the sitter where she vomited twice. I think she is used to little dogs that sit around all day. She mentioned how she is still puppy like with her toys. She basically kills them.

We are going to the Moon Palace in Cancun. It is second daughter's senior year and I never thought I would go on a trip with a Senior class but my neighbor talked us into it!! She can talk you into ANYTHING!!!

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Do you, by any chance, belong to a Church? If so it might be possible to find a retired person who you know even slightly and who loves dogs to come to the house. Sure would be easier for Lizzie who doesn't sound very high maintenace to me.

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I do belong to a church-but I am not too active. There is a woman where my husband works who stayed at his partners house and watched his dog. I am meeting with someone Saturday and will go from there.

She is not high maintenance at all. I think the food supplements scared her.

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awwwww Lynne, I am so sorry to hear that the sitter didn't work out!!
is there anyone on the forum from Michiagn?? Man, I wish we were closer... I know Tillie and Lizzie would be best friends.. sigh... darn country being so HUGE!!
I hope you can find someone soon that LOVES Lizzie...
I am SURE that Lizzie and Tillie would love each other. I would love to see them run. She has a little yorkie-bear friend that she runs with but she runs circles around him!

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who knows, maybe someday I'll plan a 'hav hopping tour' and travel the country with Tillie staying with forum members along the way!!! ha ha ha ... seriously, I would LOVE to do that. maybe when my kids are older!!

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I am sorry to hear you are back at square one, trying to again find a sitter, Lynne. I, too, wish I could find someone trustworthy to come stay when we wanted to go somewhere that the dogs can't go. I had the daughter of a friend who would stay - and then she had to go and get herself a job in Seattle! She didn't ask me first!! I think boarding the guys this last time may have contributed to Augie's urinary infection. I think he was holding it. Hope you find a satisfactory arrangement soon, so you won't have to worry about it for too long.

Tammy, that would really be fun, hopping across the country, visiting forum members!

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I'm going to go counter culture here but if travel is important to you would it be worth looking into a more adaptable routine? I feed Coach orijen, all day care and boarding places are happy to feed him his food. Hard for the having to sleep with someone so maybe my advice is irrelevant but I do think priorities need to be considered. I do know Coach has benefited from day care and boarding. He's very adaptable.

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