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Question How far is too far?

Many of you have read about my trip from hell. It has ended up rather expensive and my DH has been a real trooper about the whole thing. But, I think I may be carrying this dog thing a little too far. When I think back I can see how much these furbabies have cost us.

Do any of you live your lives so much around your dogs and the desire to have them with you??

Do you have any crazy dog stories? I would love to hear them.

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Carole- I shouldn't comment, I should let normal people comment and tell you that you are crazy first. But I just wanted to ask are you home now???? Or another hotel on the journey?

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While you won't find me trying to treat my dogs as humans, I probably shouldn't comment either. Those of us that get into the show exhibitor & breeding side have all crossed lines that most other people wouldn't.

In all honesty, I think this is something that only you and your husband can decide since it involves your lifestyle and your finances. No one else's opinion really matters. If you and your husband agree that you haven't gone too far, you haven't. If you two are at odds about this, then it is a good time to get in sync with each other. Some compromises may need to be made, but only you two can figure out what those are.
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My papillons would either go with us, be baby sat with family, or we wouldn't go. My best friend stayed with them during my wedding in lieu if being the maid of honor because I refused to leave them.

Now with Sully he stayed at a "dog hotel" as he is a preferred dog of the groomer and so laid back he was out all the time as a greeter for the place except nighttime. We did that a couple times, but most the time he stays with my in-laws in Omaha. I would love to bring hi on our road trips but hes is a so no matter where we go, I have to see the Ils. That alone is proof I love my dog to bits , a visit there with my MIL is like well, a trip to the Ils! I grin and bear it for him But then again Sully is my fur-baby, not just my dog! Logan even refers to hims as his brother. People at his preschool think we need another kid so some of the teachers asked him if he would like his Mommy and Daddy to give him a brother or sister last year. (I work at the YMCA too, so most women there are friend-like people and boundaries are shady) Logan didn't miss a beat and said, "What are you talking about, we just adopted my little brother." (They had not known about Sully yet). They were all a fluster with the gossip mill churning for the rest of the day till I got there and cleared it up. Logan still thinks of Sully is is brother, fur-brother! And he doesn't have to share time or toys for the most part. We are really well adjusted people in this house...

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Amanda, we are in Little Rock, AK in a motel! On the way home though!

Kim, DH and I are not at odds with this, thank goodness.

Krimsin, yeah, we usually get dog sitters too and believe me that's what we will do from now on, lol. I must say though, I don't think I could ever kennel them.
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Funny you should mention that. I was just trying to talk my DH into a motor home because that way Hobbes could come with us when out daughter moves away to Grad school and we want to visit her. Even with the cost of gas I have been trying to rationalize it. In my heart I know it's a bit much. He says he'll be fine with a sitter but I just don't know how I could enjoy myself worrying about him. I often wonder if I'm just too attached.



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Cindy, thanks! That's exactly what I mean. I've gone the motorhome route also. It makes perfect sense to me. LOL
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Carole,
Have a safe ride home.

I have to tell you that I would do and spend just about anything for my dogs. I do leave them to go on vacation, but only leave them with my breeder or her mother (who has 4 havs of her own). If I couldn't find someone like that to take them, I won't go. We actually wanted to go away over Christmas this year, but Marylou wouldn't take the dogs over Christmas (she has family for the holidays and 2 more dogs is just too much). So I changed our vacation dates to accomodate the dogsitter. It was worth it. Cost more for airfare and I had to spend more time with my brother and sister and law while we were away (that was probably the worst part!)

We also planned our vacation for Cape Cod with my husband's family last year. I said I was only going with the dogs (well, it was just Brady at the time). My inlaws started sending us rentals to look at that were not dog friendly. I explained ever so nicely to them and my husband that if my sister in law was bringing her 3 kids, I was bringing my dog. I found a petfriendly house and that was that. This year, they didn't even bother sending me listings, but asked if I could search for us. So, I found a house where the two dogs can come with. Cape Cod is a great trip for the dogs and I just wouldn't be happy going without them.


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It would be hard to have a real vacation while missing my Tucker, unless I knew he was having a blast at the same time. The only time I've left him is when he stayed with my brother and sister in law, and their little dog. Tucker had a blast.

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I was just trying to talk my DH into a motor home because that way Hobbes could come with us when out daughter moves away to Grad school and we want to visit her. Even with the cost of gas I have been trying to rationalize it.
Funny you mention that. We got our RV first, and then got our first dog... then our second, then upgraded to a full-sized coach motorhome (34'). Even though we are "empty nesters", I still enjoy having a large motorhome for our trips because we all get room, especially when we all hang out in the living room in the evenings. While our initial RV purchase was for leisure, I often drive this one for dog shows, but we also use it for short trips and vacations too. It is very nice to be able to take the dogs with us wherever we want because of the RV. We have done many interstate travels because we can - even when gas was on the rise. I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.

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