Guilt on boarding Rudi at the kennel

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Guilt on boarding Rudi at the kennel
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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 4:14am

HI Ladies.   Quick review, I am widowed with just Rudi, my over 2 yr old Dachshund.  Tomorrow I take her to be boarded, only the second time as the other 2 times I have taken quick trips my one friend has watched her but Rudi is still so mean to her husband, she just isn't welcome on overnight visits anymore.

This is an excellent kennel, have potty/play times 5-6 times a day, they do grooming during the day so there is activity for Rudi to watch and she gets her own small room with glass in door to watch the activity.   I am dropping her off friday afternoon and will pick her up sometime Sunday.

So why do I feel so guilty?   I invision she will be crying and missing me and not understanding why she is there.

Then next year,  April 2014, I will be gone almost 3 weeks and I really don't want to board her there that long, but living in a small rural area, just don't know what else to do.  I don't have a long list of friends to ask and the ones with dogs aren't going to open their house to Rudi.

My husband and I always traveled and I really need to get out of town occasionally and the trip next fall is my one chance to finally get to Europe, something I always dreamed of after I retired.

Has anyone boarded their dog at a kennel for 3 weeks?   

P.S.  May was an awful month for Rudi.  The atb for the staph infection and Mothers day weekend she was vomiting with dry heaves so bad, I was then told the following monday she had mild pancreatitis.  Bland diet that week with med for her tummy,  then 2 weeks later still had all the scaly skin under her fur, the vet started a medicated shampoo 3 weeks ago, so I still have another week on that one.  Her skin is better.  Whew, it was a stressful and expensive time but she is currently healthy so at least I don't have to deal with the guilt of boarding a sick dog.   I can barely manage 1 dog, how do you all do several?

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 9:30am

i'm sure that Rudi will be fine....most of us feel "guilty" when leaving our furkids.  I always had my mother come to take care of my dogs when I lived closer to her but now that's impossible.  I have had to kennel ^Samantha^ and Cleo on a couple of occasions.  The only time it was an issue was when we kenneled them over a holiday weekend; Cleo just couldn't take all the noise of the kennel during that time.

If you can afford it, see if they also offer 1 on 1 time with the dogs.  The kennel I used offered that once a day so that the dogs could get some time out with a staff person.  They also have doggie day care...but at the time Samantha was older and I was concerned with her playing with other dogs.

As for next year...I would start now checking for a pet sitter that takes dogs into their own home.  There are a couple here that I would use if we needed to leave Cleo since now she is alone.  You never know...there may be someone that you don't know about that does pet sitting in their own home.  That might be a better solution than a kennel.

Good luck and please let us know how things go.

Laura
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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 9:42am

I board my dogs all the time. I hear what you're saying. At first I was feeling very guilty but the kennel I use is very good, keep the dogs busy so they won't miss their mommies. But I understand how you feel. When you take Rudi on a more regular basis those fears will disappear. Remember while you are gone on your trip - Rudi will have a vacation too! I boarded Jack the first time for 10 days.  We traveled to Italy. And with his sister, Taz, I think the longest has been 14 days. We went to Hawaii in February.

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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 10:34am

An alternative to a kennel is a petsitter who takes boarders.  That's what we use.  I tried to find one through SitterCity.com, but ended up just googling "pet sitting my-town-name" and voila - that's how we found our sitter.  She has a couple dogs of her own and does doggie daycare for others.  We use her for daytime, if we're going to be gone for several hours, as well as overnight and vacations. 

The difference between her and a kennel is that our dogs are with all the other dogs.  They play all day with other dogs, they nap at the same time, and they all fall asleep in a big pile at night (unless the dog prefers its crate - one of mine does, the other doesn't).  She & her husband and their employee know just what every dog is doing, all the time.  They post daily pictures on Facebook so "parents" can see their babies when they're away.

Our dogs LOVE going there.  It is so much more fun for them than the kennel!  I don't feel guilty about it at all.  We've left them for up to two weeks for vacation.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 11:44am

Laura: this kennel advertizes that the play time is just with staff and Rudi, they don't intermingle the dogs for play time.   I am going to try and find a more home like setting for the 3 weeks next spring.   thanks.

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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 11:46am
Thanks Terre.
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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 11:48am
Mahopac: I think I want to stay where you dogs are boarded, sounds like fun, play and nap and eat! thanks for the suggestions.
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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 12:41pm

I want to add that at the kennel I use there is doggie daycare. When I  leave Jack and Taz they are paired with dogs of their size. They play hard outside and accomodations are air conditioned (and heated during the winter). They have suites so Jack and Taz are together in one pen. Not only do they interact with the staff but with other dogs. That's what I meant about them being  so busy they don't miss their mommies. I feel really lucky to have found this kennel. I know the owner and she uses my dogs as training for training new employees. Isn't that neat? They also have a full swimming pool for those who like to swim, although mine don't like the water LOL

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 11:41pm

My daughter shattered her right wrist Memorial Day weekend.  She lives in an apartment with shared custody of her kids, which means she is alone a couple of days a week.  Her orthopedic surgeon said she cannot walk her little dog, so he has been living with me.

When Amy, with or without the boys, comes to visit, Pre is depressed for the rest of the day after they leave.  But really, he is doing just fine here.  He has my two dogs and my foster for company, even though they are old and don't play much.  And he has my cat to chase.  And a big back yard with squirrels.

You have chosen a good facility for your baby.  Rudi will be just fine.

p.s.  My husband and I boarded Moe and Prissy for three weeks when we went to Italy and Germany in 2001.

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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 3:40am

Terre: oh my heavens, you are so lucky to have found that place.   May I ask what you pay for like a few hours a day and if you would leave them there for 24 hr days?   I have on my calendar to start looking next week for future use.  The other issue is, Rudi hates the car, just a 10 minute drive to my friends who Rudi dearly loves and she cries/whines the whole way,  that I would need to find something within 20 minutes or so and I live in rural area so this might be challenging.  Thanks for the info. 

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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 9:46am

It's expensive but worth it! If that means my peace of mind that my dogs are having fun and being well taken care of  - then I don't care what it costs.

Doggie daycare is free since I have two dogs as well as the baths. Per day for Jack it's $39.50, an additional dog is $21.50 which makes that $61 a day. Last year I got sick and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Of course we had to put them in the kennel since no one was home. The bill would have been around $850 but the owner was so kind to cut the bill in half. I thought that was so nice  of her! 

Jack and Taz don't travel well either. I live in a rural area too and the drive to the Vet or the kennel is about 25-30 minutes. You just have to get your dog used to the car. I have a blanket for them and plenty of toys to chew on.  Jack's the one who gets antsy but Taz just folds her paws on the blanket and lies down LOL

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