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How do you leave your baby?

July 26th, 2005, 01:06 PM
My bf and I decided that on our vacation next week, we are going to take a trip to Toronto. This means that I am going to have to leave Spencer for 2 whole nights.

Spencer and I have only been apart for 1 night since we got him but I was ok because he was home with Daddy. This time, we are both going to be leaving. :(

We leave on Thursday morning and come back on Saturday afternoon.

I have my sister coming over after work on Thursday for the evening and then my neighbour will come over for the night with him. Friday after work, my sister is coming over again and staying until we come back.

I am already sad thinking of his face when we are walking out the door without him. :(

Poor little guy, I will have to leave him with lots of treats.

P.S. He is already used to being home alone all day when we are at work so that won't be a change for him, just at night when we aren't there. I am hoping that maybe my sister will bring my Dad's dog over to keep him distracted for the evening.

Oh, I am just so worried. What if he gets sad?

July 26th, 2005, 01:33 PM
I know exactly how you feel! It is perfectly normal to worry every time you must leave your baby. I do every time and I've had to do it a few times.

I remember the first time I had to leave Misty for a few days and nights. We had her only for a couple of months when we had to go to a wedding out of town. She was only 4 months old at the time. I worried about the same things; would she miss me, get sad, etc. She stayed at my cousin's house because of her age and it turns out she didn't miss us too much! She was too busy chewing her slippers and anything else she could get her teeth on! The kids also kept her pretty busy. Don't get me wrong though, she was very happy to see us when we picked her up! I missed her like crazy!

Then when she was a few years old, I took a 3 week trip overseas. She stayed at home with my parents, but it was the first time she was away from me for that long. I called home frequently to see how she was doing. Tears came to my eyes when my parents told me that for the first few nights they would find her sleeping by my bedroom door as she used to sleep with me in my bed.

Try not to worry as I'm sure Spencer will be just fine.

July 26th, 2005, 03:13 PM
I don't worry too much. I hire a dogsitter and give them toys and kongs and stuff.

But I still worry... :(

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July 26th, 2005, 03:29 PM
When I left one of my dogs before I got my friend to stay with him for the week, he still missed us and sulked but he was in his own home.

July 26th, 2005, 03:47 PM
It's always tough leaving :sad: I swear everything about them seems cuter and sweeter when you're going away. But i've often been told that you will miss them more than they will miss you, so not to worry.. not that that helps much

July 26th, 2005, 08:41 PM
So far, I have never left my babies. They came with us to PEI. We won't go anywhere without them.They don't do very well if I leave them at my dad's for an hour- they scream and cry, no matter what he does to distract them. Another time I left them at the park with a friend of mine when I went to buy a hose for the park, and they panicked. They both paced and tried to escape. They've just been abandoned too many times. And I'll miss them too much too. :D

July 26th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Aww, poor little Spencer! I hope your sister bring that dog over - I'm sure that would be really good for Spencer.

Just try not to disturb his routine too much...maybe she could take him to Petsmart to keep him busy?

I dog/cat for a friend, her dog is pretty good for the first few days (especially if she gets to stay at my house!) but after a while she gets a little sad. And there's no doubt about how much she misses them!

2 nights isn't that long...try not to act too upset/anxious when you leave him - no long goodbye's, just a nice kong!

I have yet to leave Dodger as well. I take him everywhere with me - the van is now known as the dogmobile! Today, I had to go groceries and actually had to leave Dodger on his own. The van felt so empty and I actually turned around to talk with him!!

I'm sure Spencer will be okay for the 2 nights - it's your two that will probably do most of the missing!!


July 27th, 2005, 09:14 AM
Thanks for the support, I am sure that I will miss him more than he misses me. I would bring him if I was able to but I donít think that he would enjoy a Jays game and a trip up the CN Tower.

I am sure that he will be ok, I am going to write down his whole daily routine so that they have something to follow. Hope they donít think I am getting too pushy.

July 27th, 2005, 09:36 AM
I'm going through this same situation now. We are planning a weekend trip so will be dropping the crew off at a kennel for 3 days/2 nights. Although we know that they will be cared for very well, just them being elsewhere is difficult.

We did a trial run at the kennel several weeks ago for one night to ensure that they would be fine (i.e. not spend 24 hours barking). We spent the time constantly worrying about them. While this time around won't be any easier to leave them behind, at least we know that they will be enjoying themselves more at the kennel than sitting in the back seat of a warm car.

July 27th, 2005, 04:27 PM
I am sure that he will be ok, I am going to write down his whole daily routine so that they have something to follow. Hope they donít think I am getting too pushy.

I know what you mean! I tend to leave pages of notes, reminders, routines and things to do/not to do depending on the situation - and this is when I am only going to be gone for the day! People think I'm crazy but it is all stuff they need to know if they are going to take care of my furbabies!!

My last note about Minnow's care started off like this "I have left her exfoliator with this note so it helps her to deal with the abandonment of being alone all day..." ;) (pet owners understand but "outsiders" laugh and think I am just kidding :eek: - do you get that!?!?) :D