Seems like I have problems with other people watching/caring for Louis. I need to vent again. I've posted a previous incident in a past post back in April: (http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=17090
Anyway, it was our wedding anniversary this weekend. We had been talking about getting away for the weekend at a Bed and Breakfast to celebrate. I was nervous about it because I hate leaving Louis in someone else's care because I feel like it ends up in disaster, as it did when I asked my cousin to stop by the house to let him out to potty.
I figured I need to let go of my fears about Louis, book the B&B, and have a good time. I asked my friend if she could watch my dogs for two days (Friday and Saturday) at her house. She does have six large dogs in her house already, but I've visited several times with my dogs and it wasn't bad.
Louis is a shy, fearful dog - who isn't potty trained. That is why I worry so much about him with other people. He will not go for strangers (even though he's met my friend several times at her home and my home), so although he was taken out in the backyard and walked, he would still not go. And then he would pee in the house. I do want to curb the amount of times he pees inside a home (whether mine or someone else's) because it encourages his desire to pee where ever and when ever he wants. I was told he peed several times in the house AND even in his crate. Peeing in his crate gets me cause he's never done that with me at my house. Maybe that scenario was too overwhelming for him with that many dogs? Who knows.
I also told my friend to tell her husband not to let Louis out off leash. He will NOT stay with any stranger, or even my husband for that matter, and WILL wander off. He will ONLY stay close to me off leash. She didn't tell him because she didn't think her husband would let him outside, but she did mention before she left to run errands, that if he took him out to have him leashed. I guess her husband thought Louis had to pee, so he let him out in the garage, thinking he'll stay close because Louis follows him everywhere in the house. Louis wandered off and he couldn't get him to come back. My friend's husband had a friend over and they chased him into the garage and cornered him. They were trying to keep him from running again and so the guy grabbed Louis as Louis tried to slip by and Louis BIT him. Mind you, Louis is very nervous with strangers, and afraid of men.
Louis bit hard enough to break the skin. When I went to pick up the dogs, my friend wasn't there, but her husband and his friend were there and didn't tell me about the incident! She told me about it later. When she told me I wasn't upset, but then the more I thought about it, the more pissed I got. People have told me that "Oh, your dog is a nervous dog? I bet you he will bite someone in no time." It's upsetting to hear your dog bit someone. It's also annoying how dumb people can be and not able to read a dog's body language to avoid getting bitten. I was told that the guy who got bit does not have dogs so he didn't know what he was doing. But let's say Louis was a giant Rottweiler - would he have just swooped in and grabbed him?? What makes people think it's okay to pick up or grab little dogs? And of course he'll probably brush off getting bit as no big deal cause Louis is a small dog - but I find any bite to a person by a dog unacceptable. This mess could have been avoided, and I should have been more clear about my instructions to her husband.
I originally planned to have my dogs stay at my friends house for a week when my husband and I go on vacation in a month. Now I'm not so sure. I'm okay with her watching my other dog (he has no problems there), but Louis just needs more individual attention. I was thinking about boarding him, but who's to say that boarding will be any better? I'm also looking into a pet sitter. Has anyone had good experiences with pet sitters staying in your home? I'm nervous about the in-home pet sitting idea. But I need some solutions on what to do with Louis when we go on vacation so I don't die of anxiety worrying about him!!