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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-16-2015, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Travelling and Terrified, leaving baby at home

We leave shortly for a 3 week holiday. This is a long vacation never been away for more than two weeks. We booked this a year ago before we got our fur baby Riley.

When we got him, we had four separate friends/homes that offered to take him when we would be away. Lo and behold, NONE of them can take him, for various reasons, on this upcoming trip. We are devastated.

Riley goes to doggy daycare (we both work full time) and they have a sleepover service. While very happy with the daycare service, we really are not keen about using the sleepover, preferring that he was in a home environment. As best as I know, this is a pretty good sleepover service. At night a staff member is on-site. The dogs are kenneled to sleep, if that is what they are used to, otherwise they are in a large room, with beds, and with other compatible dogs.

We (read: I !!!) am really freaked out about leaving him for so long, in a kennel environment. Will he forget about his life with us? I read somewhere that a dog accepts his current environment as his new life after two weeks. Is this true? Will he forget who we are? Am I crazy?

Does anyone have any experience with this? Good, or bad? What should we be looking out for?

Appreciate all responses. This is weighing very heavily on me and I know that it will impact our vacation.

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Hola! When will you be gone? My Momi and Popi have good friends in Edmonton who live out in the country, in fact I spent the evening with them tonight here in Mexico at our vacation homes. I spent much of the evening sitting in my new friends laps! They are dog people, but they have never been owned by a Havanese before tonight! We hit it off great! Perhaps something could be worked out with them. Si, I agree that staying with a family is much better than three weeks in a kennel.... no matter how nice.

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I would find an alternative, this can be very stressful for that length of time.

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Can you hire someone to stay in your home?? A kennel is a bad choice

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I don't think a kennel is a blanket statement bad choice. I've seen several dog daycares that do an excellent job for a long weekend or even a week. However, I think that three weeks in a kennel sounds like too much. Can one of your friends take him for a portion of that three weeks and kennel for some of it? Can you change your reservation to a dog friendly accommodation and bring him? If nothing else, is there a kennel near where you're visiting so you can check in on him (although that might actually be more stressful on him).
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Patricia, please try It's a site offering at home boarding for dogs.

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Emmie has boarded at her doggie daycare for 1-2 nights and it's gone well. For longer periods (up to 1 week) she's stayed at family or friends houses. But last year I had 2 surgeries and couldn't care for her for 1 week and then the second time for 2 weeks so she stayed with someone I found on He told me that she's his favorite houseguest.

I prefer to have her travel with me; she doesn't mind flying, does great at dog-friendly hotels, and she's crate-trained, which makes it pretty easy. But when she can't go with me I'm glad that I have a variety of other options.

Good luck finding the right solution for your fur baby.

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When Scout was one year we had to go to a wedding out of state. I almost cancelled because I could not imagine leaving him at a kennel. I was able to find a pet/house sitter who stayed at the house from 5 PM to 9 AM. She would take him for a walk in the evening and morning. My friend would stop by during the day and take him out also. It worked out just great and I don't think he even missed us.

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I think a kennel/day-care/care place is best.
These places take into consideration safety, enjoyment, amusement and rest/relaxation of the dog.
I would be concerned that having a "friend" care for my dog that another family member would "leave the door open", or generally zone out that there is a visiting dog. Or even while walking my baby, they'd use their cell phone and accidentally drop the leash or something like that.
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It is important to find someone who is a professional pet sitter and is bonded. The woman who stayed with Scout interviewed us before deciding if she would be taking the job. She took wonderful care of him. My friend is extremely responsible. I left Scout one night at the pet hospitals dog kennel just to see how he would do. It didn't go well. That is when I made the decision if he was unable to stay in our home we would not be traveling. He was pretty spoiled between the pet sitter and my friend. I felt at peace knowing exactly who was taking care of him.

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