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What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:57 pm
by LauraV
For the first time I am NOT leaving my girl (Brit) with my mom when we go on vacation. She's really good at running away (but mostly because my mom refuses to walk her and she has to find something to do with all that extra energy) and I'm just too scared she's not going to be there when we get back.
She's 9 today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIT!) so she's getting older, and she HATES other dogs (which makes fostering fun).
I have 3 options. 2 are kennels and 1 is to try to find someone to come to our house and watch her.

The first kennel:
http://auroraohiokennel.com/
It's fine, but she would only get an hour here and there of outside time. They do not let the dogs have access to the outdoor area at all times (only an hour ever few hours) even if the weather is good.
They are willing to put her in an end unit (so she doesn't have to deal with dogs on both sides).
They are closeish to our house.
They are affiliated with our vet, and only $19/night.

The second kennel:
http://www.littleriverpetresort.com/
They allow the dogs unlimited access to the outside part of the kennel during the day (close it during the night) and let the dogs out into 1 of 5 large fenced in grassy parts (she would be alone in her yard) for a few hours, between 5 and 7 hours each day, which is plenty to keep her busy!
They will try to keep her happy when it comes to not liking other dogs.
They are quite far from our house (~1 hr).
They charge $25/night.

Pet Sitter:
Someone who works at our veterinary clinic will stay at our house (minus when they have to work). She will have her normal routine (a long walk in the morning, and a short walk at night) and sleep in her (well, our) bed.
It is a much more expensive option (at least $35/day, up to $50/day).
She has a much better chance of getting away (vs at the kennel).

What would you do?!?

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:05 pm
by dmedric
Every dog is different, but our Max (12-13 years old) just does much better being at home. We have a petsitter that comes in 3 times a day -- one long walk, one short walk, and a couple of play sessions in the yard. Max is not left out alone when we are away, so we don't have that concern. Also, where we live, kennels cost about the same or more than most of the pet sitters we've used. It just really comes down to what you feel most comfortable with. Could you do a short trial with the pet sitter before your vacation (?weekend)? That's what we did.

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:16 pm
by Barb Wright
From the choices you gave I would select the Little River Pet Resort.....sounds about the best of the boarding kennel world, and the safest place for a runner.

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:35 pm
by Kerplunk105
I would def have someone come to your house. I have worked at a dog kennel way back in high school. The dogs get very stressed out. I imagine she would be much happier at home.

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:58 am
by DelawareBritts
With all three of my pups having different personalities, I have a girl that comes to the house to stay. Give her a break from DBF :roll: Cooper, my neurotic man, would be completely stressed :shock: if I put him in a kennel. He has trouble at the groomers too. I ask that Louie and Cooper be placed in same crate...it is very calming on Cooper. He is such a mama's boy :roll: . Rosie would be OK at a kennel, but she would resent me for a few days but does get over it. Louie could not care less! :lol:

I would hire a house sitter. :wink:

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:39 am
by Dave
I vote for boarding . The reason being I petsit a co-workers dog and she got injured playing . :( :? . The dog ended up dying because of Sepsis . She had gotten a puncture wound in the front of her chest and we couldn't see it because of long fur .

I lived in a house surrounded by huge cottonwoods and the dog was packing a huge branch around running . They had a collision and the branch spun around and poked her like a spear . We thought she had a mouth injury . The vet missed the chest injury also until we had an autopsy done . It was a sad deal . The part that got me was it wasn't my dog that hurt her , it was another dog we were watching also . :? Dave

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:10 pm
by Kerplunk105
I think an accident can happen any where. We had dogs escape from the boarding place :shock:

If you do get a pet sitter, make sure they are insured/bonded. :!:

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:49 pm
by janet909
Is there anyone that you can dog trade with?? We have a small network of friends who trade out dog sitting which is free. You just have to be prepared to take their dogs when they go on vacation. It has worked well for us. With time, friends have babies etc. and while they still offer, I shy away as my dogs aren't familiar with kids. So, people get added and people drift away but as long as they have a secure situation, dog trading is a great thing. Yes, accidents happen but that's a fluke more than the norm....and it goes both ways. It has really made life easy for us.....though it will be a couple more months before I'll feel safe leaving my new dog, Wesley, with anyone. He's still getting used to his new life.

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:03 pm
by Dave
I have fostered a lot of dogs since that happened . I'm much wiser now . I bring that up just so it doesn't happen to anyone else . I was a horrible accident . :(

I'm pet sitting three former fosters in June . Shamus , Hammer and Lizzy will be at my house . I bet little Lizzy will be bossing the boys around :lol: . It should actually be fun because I can take the boys out in the field and let them find some birds to point . The Three Amigos :roll: Dave

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:16 pm
by LauraV
janet909 wrote:Is there anyone that you can dog trade with??
We "trade" with my mom all the time, although we end up watching her dogs more than she watches ours.
Our big problem is Brit is great until she is gone. She is ecollar trained, and most of my family takes that to mean that she's safe. She is, until she's gone : ) They just won't walk her, so she get's all that energy saved up and just goes. I'm not comfortable with family any more!

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:31 pm
by janet909
I totally understand. That's why we're not ready to leave Wesely with anyone yet. He's now e-collar trained but none of our friends would understand what that means or how to work it properly. That means a kennel at the end of June for a week but one of the other 2 dogs will have to go with Wesley just to "be with him". Our goal though is to get him to eventually learn not to chase game and to stay in the 50 yard "circle of love" with us. Then, he will be traded out with the others when we leave town. May be a year or two (hopefully sooner rather than later).

On another note, a good, or should I say, great kennel is WORTH the drive. My favorite one is 2 hours away but it's 40 acres fenced in with multiple lakes and the owner trains bird dogs. The dogs get multiple free runs with staff on 4 wheelers every day. For me, it's worth it to know that they're fenced in, watched and getting exercise. Their kennels are indoor / outdoor so they're not stuck inside all day. For me, I'll do the drive for the piece of mind.

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:36 pm
by AuntieMom
Second kennel would be my vote of the three options you presented, both for safety and the dogs' happiness. Ours go to an indoor/outdoor boarding facility which financially supports rescue activities. They understand my little orange and white project in ways that no business can ...

Re: What to do with my girl over vacation?

Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 6:35 am
by adele
You have to do what makes you feel most comfortable - that will probably be where you get the best balance between dog safety and dog happiness. The kennel that lets them out during the day may be a good choice or the live-in caretaker. I'd say not the first kennel (because I don't think my outdoorsy dog would be happy there).

I use a kennel and daycare facility - because I know Lola likes it I am comfortable. I tried leaving her with friends but was always a little worried. I agree with the others that a good kennel or care person is worth the drive and money. Vacation won't be fun if you're worried about your dog.