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What do you do when you go away for a weekend ?

Kashi
February 27th, 2008, 10:57 AM
What do you do when you go away for a weekend to a place that you cannot bring your pets ?

We have a weekend camp coming up in June for my son's Beaver group, and it's on Scouts Canada property, which means - no dogs.

We do not have any family locally who could take Pugsley, though the cat, rodents and fish will surely be okay for the time we're gone.

I have one or two friends who "might" take him for us, but I'm not sure of that.

bendyfoot
February 27th, 2008, 11:03 AM
We leave the five fur-kids at home, where they're comfy and the surroundings are safe and familiar, and have a bonded/insured pet sitter come to the house several times a day for pee breaks/walks, feeding, and attention. It works beautifully, the animals are always happy and relaxed when we get back, but we have a REALLY great sitter!

jessi76
February 27th, 2008, 11:09 AM
I'd have my dog stay w/ family, or have a family member stay at my house to look after the pets. but if that wasn't possible, I'd board my dog at the daycare I normally use. it's not cheap, but I'm 100% sure of his safety and comfort.

SnowDancer
February 27th, 2008, 11:46 AM
We home-board our Eskie with a lovely young woman who he happens to love. We do not have any family and people we know would not keep our dog for us, so it is good to find a place to board your pets should an emergency arise - or even if you have family/friends who normally take care of your pets in your absence, things happen in life and sometimes they are not available. I always worry that my guy's babysitter will move, quit the business or something as Eskies do not do well in kennel types of boarding situations.

pitgrrl
February 27th, 2008, 11:51 AM
Go away for a weekend? Surely you must be kidding, right? :laughing:

No, seriously, the doggie daddy and I take turns going out of town, unless the dogs can come. I have yet to find anyone I would trust to look after them besides my brother and he's not all that available :shrug:

Longblades
February 27th, 2008, 12:52 PM
Two cats can stay at home for a weekend. Longer than that and my friend comes in to play with them. Food, water and litter can be left in abundance but she checks on it anyway and give them some treats. The other cat requires daily meds. so must be boarded. We have a wonderful boarding facility that we have used for years and trust implicitly. The dog goes there too if not allowed where we are going. Darn critters, it's so nice there they hardly miss us and come out of it as if they've been away on holiday.

Ford Girl
February 27th, 2008, 01:06 PM
I am so lucky in this regard...I have plenty of dog owning friends that take my monster if needed...and I have used a pet resort too, very good place. Vet clinics sometimes board too....pet sitters are good idea, just make sure you check references for any solutions that don't involve family or close friends.

deb12
February 27th, 2008, 02:19 PM
I would take him in an a sec....

It also depends on where you live, I know of quite a few places, but usually a pet and home sitter is cool, I myself have done it in the past year and is family are willing to come out to help, it is true to have them stay at your place to be better for the dog.

krdahmer
February 27th, 2008, 03:54 PM
I have the 6 cats... so they require daily scooping and feeding...and attention, so if it is a shorter trip < 3-4 days my folks come each day to care for them. When I was away longer than that last spring my mother in law was nice enough to come down and stay at my house for the duration. With Fagan's medical issues and the hundreds of possible things that could go wrong, I like to know someone is here all the time like me if I am away long. I'm not sure what you would do with a dog, unless you lived in a large area that would offer bonded pet sitting services... other than board them at a kennel or something. You could research online and see what types of services are available in your area... or your vet might be able to recommend someone's services, I know here the vets office has lots of cards for dog walkers and sitters etc.

Kashi
February 27th, 2008, 06:56 PM
Well, I lucked out. A friend of mine (who is a dog & cat owner herself) has agreed to take Pugs in for the weekend for us.

CyberKitten
February 27th, 2008, 07:10 PM
I have 4 cats- 2 of whom, the Siamese, want to be with me always and the other two - sphynx girls (my name for them) - who like their own comfy place. So I have good friends who act as sitters. I also have a univ student I hire sometimes (she is excellent and plans to be a vet and is a good sitter and our friends still drop in to see how things are going if we are away fro longer periods.) If it is just an overnighter, usually, all cats stay home and my friends check in and they know the people and are comfortable with them. They also like the sitter but she is a cat person and they seem to sense it. She sleeps in a guest bedroom when she sits and they will sleep with her tho initially they all slept in my bed when I was away but have become much more adjusted to her. We pay her very well - we equate it to hiring a child sitter after all and they are our babies. She is very used to their particular needs and habits and even my fraidy cat will jump on her lap so that tells me she has to be good (Tasha was abused as a kitten before being rescued by the fire department and will run at the sight of a new person in the house, seeking out one of her fav hideouts.) That she will jump on the sitter's lap is a huge vote of confidence.

I have to admit we interviewed zillions of people before opting for this sitter, lol We have been know to take the meezers with us- they seem to like travel - auto and even in the air if they are in the cabin. If they can't be in the cabin tho, we go another way or they stay home.

BAILEYSMUDGE
February 27th, 2008, 07:18 PM
I've never left the boys alone for any length of time... not yet...but, I used to be the proud Mom of Samson :rip: and Delilah :rip: and I used to leave Toronto on Friday night and come back on Sunday night....I left extra food and water...they were just fine.... it took about a day for them to forgive me... but...they always did.:angel::angel:

CyberKitten
February 27th, 2008, 07:25 PM
I have 4 cats- 2 of whom, the Siamese, want to be with me always and the other two - sphynx girls (my name for them) - who like their own comfy place. So I have good friends who act as sitters. I also have a univ student I hire sometimes (she is excellent and plans to be a vet and is a good sitter and our friends still drop in to see how things are going if we are away fro longer periods.) If it is just an overnighter, usually, all cats stay home and my friends check in and they know the people and are comfortable with them. They also like the sitter but she is a cat person and they seem to sense it. She sleeps in a guest bedroom when she sits and they will sleep with her tho initially they all slept in my bed when I was away but have become much more adjusted to her. We pay her very well - we equate it to hiring a child sitter after all and they are our babies. She is very used to their particular needs and habits and even my fraidy cat will jump on her lap so that tells me she has to be good (Tasha was abused as a kitten before being rescued by the fire department and will run at the sight of a new person in the house, seeking out one of her fav hideouts.) That she will jump on the sitter's lap is a huge vote of confidence.

I have to admit we interviewed zillions of people before opting for this sitter, lol We have been know to take the meezers with us- they seem to like travel - auto and even in the air if they are in the cabin. If they can't be in the cabin tho, we go another way or they stay home.