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Old June 16th, 2007, 10:48 PM
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OK - I can't believe I am even saying this because anyone who knows me KNOWS I work to cruise! If I don't have a cruise set --- I'm depressed. Now -- this past cruise that we went on - (Liberty - fantastic cruise) we boarded our animals -- one cat and one dog and my other dog stayed with my daughter (my dog was 17 years old and I really expected her to die at any time because of age). When we got home, we found out my cat (who was 12) died the day after we left of a heart attack or aneurysm. I was sooooooo upset but I knew it wasn't their fault. My 17 year old dog was put to sleep about a month after we returned because she was just to old and I knew it was best (cried like a baby). As usual I said NO MORE! Well, that didn't last - and on mothers day I got a puggle and oh my gosh...she is so cute! And spoiled! I am so worried about leaving her for our cruise in September. I don't have any family here to take her (they will be on the cruise with us) and I'm so worried she will cry for the 5 days we are gone. Need some reasurrance here guys. I'm trying to find someone to come into the house to watch them but no luck. I"m just worried about leaving a spoiled puppy who sleeps with us (:-)
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Believe me, I know how you feel about your pets. Our Golden Retriever passed away one year ago from old age and it STILL upsets me. We now have a mix breed puppy who loves us so much. I believe that your puppy will be ok during your trip if you have to board her. Puppies are pretty resilient and bounce back really quick. She will probably miss you for sure, but with other animas there, she may not be lonely for too long. Whenever we had to board our Golden, she would wag her tail and go with the vet back to the kennels, but was soooooo glad to see us when we returned. I think you will be able to enjoy your cruise and not worry about your little friend. She will be just fine.
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Thanks for the encouraging words. Deep in my heart, i know she will be ok --- and I"ll probably board her with Sadi my other dog. At least its only for a 5 day cruise (I have never been on anything less than 7 so it might be a good thing i"m only doing a 5 day one now). I just hate to picture her crying for me -- and missing my bed...lol. I usually worry about all my animals for a day and a half - then don't think about it until we are coming home.
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Well, the nice comfy bed she WILL definately miss while you are gone, If fact, she may bite you when you get back because she had to sleep on a rug or a blanket or something other than the nice soft bed she is used to! Ours sleeps with us too. Even though we said we wasn't going to let this one do that like we did the other one. Yeah, right.
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..me too!!! The first night we had her I had her in a crate right by my bed. She slept until 3:30 and whined to get up. I broughth her outside to pee and when I put her in the crate again she howled like I was killing her. I said oh H___ no! and in bed she came and has been there ever since. I'll have to make a nice bed up with some of my old clothes when I do board her. Ohhhhhhhhh I'm not going to like this!!! My poor pup!
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I understand...there's cruise life then there's real life. And that puppy is a part of your real life! I worry each time I leave town....2 dogs, 8 parrots and assorted fish. But I have the BEST house/pet sitter so that I can leave town just a wee bit less worried. And I pay for it...he charges for each visit during the day and he come 3-4 times! I pay for the peace of mind more than anything.

You have 2-1/2 months which is plenty of time to interview caretakers for your puppy in your home. Maybe a teen nearby that you trust? In the mean time (I do this) acclimate your pup for your absence...get her her own dog bed next to your bed to get used it now...also she will have a secure place for herself while you are away even if for a day. Give her lots of lovey toys that will help keep her company and occupied. These little things will not only help her while you are gone for extended times like your cruise, but also while you run errands later.

btw our 2 dogs sleep with us too....gets crowded in a Queen bed! When I got home from our cruise all the bed pillows (we have a lot!) were tossed all over the bed and on the floor. I think they had a good time snuggling in at night.

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It does - thank you. I know I have a couple of months. I used to do the same thing you do - except she would stay here at my house (a/c bill would be out of the roof the next month..lol) but like you said..peace of mind. She has since gone away to college and haven't even seen her in a year or so. I'll start looking...thanks for the help!!
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I found my pet sitter by her leaving her business card at our local PetsMart. I called her several months ago, and she came to my house for an interview and to present references and to meet my pets. They loved her from the minute they met her. We hit it right off and have become friends, going out for dinner and a movie every now and then. Just the other day we were talking about pet sitters and she told me there is a website. It is www.petsittersinternational.com then you type in your zip code and available pet sitters in your area should be listed. She told me these are all licensed and bonded sitters. As good as a kennel is, I always think that our pets would prefer to stay in their own comfortable homes whenever possible. My sitter charges $15 per visit and she will be coming over 3 times a day, which approximately adds up to what a kennel charges daily. I have 2 greyhounds and 1 hound-mix so these are large dogs and kennel rates are usually based on the size of the animals and how many are being boarded. Good luck with your search.
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We boarded our 2 dogs in a wonderful kennel which took a little research to find. They put them in side by side runs where they could touch noses (one was very picky about "her space" thus separate runs).
The staff also had scheduled playtimes for them several times a day. You decide how they play--a run and romp or quiet time in someones lap.
At bedtime, everyone got a cuddle and a treat.
It was the best we could do, and although they missed us, we were satisfied that they weren't just warehoused in some back lot.
Now we have a 14 yr. old cat who can't be boarded, so we're in the same boat you're in !
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I might suggest that you leave a heavy scented garmet like an old sweatshirt that can be put in the kennel.... I have heard that your scent will help out...
Anyone else heard of this??
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I had not been on a holiday for 15 years and never left any of my pets for longer than one night alone (someone else was home). I was really worried that I wouldn 't find someone to watch my boys while I was away on my cruise in January. My logical person to care for my beloved boys was my mom, alas, she was on the cruise with me! I was lucky that I had a friend who was willing to crash at my place for a week and look after the boys. Persians are high maintenace cats and you can't just come over once or two and leave them food, water, and clean the box, no, Persians need intense grooming or else their fur is a matted mess after just two days of no grooming.

I was so worried about my boys because I had never left them alone and didn't know if they would be lost without me. As it turns out, I wasn't missed and one of my boys actually was willing to get cuddles from my kitty sitter--he won't do it for me!!!!

I am leaving my boys in the capable hands of my mother this September. She moved in with me (along with her two cats), so I know they will be cared for well. I don't know how well she will groom my one boy, the willing one, I guess I will have to give her a "grooming 101" before I leave....you wouldn't believe how many matts can form in a Persian in a few days if you skip a spot cuz the furball wants to get away!!!!
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Cheryl, what's a puggle? I have a pug and I live in Louisiana. If you are leaving from here, I'll watch her.
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Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOO much everyone for your advice and encouragment and tips of the trade! I sooooooo appreciate it! You are definitely making me feel much better! I know during the day they will be fine ------ its just the nighttime. mstill --- a puggle is part pug/ part beagle and just a wonderful pup! You pay more for the hybrids now than we do for purebred!!! We will be leaving from N.O. this next cruise. I think once I get this one out the way -- I'll know she will be alright. Mstill -- I see you live in BR. My sister and brother in law owns KEANS there.
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Cheryl, first of all let me say how sorry I am about the loss of your two pets.

We just put Mom's 17 yr old cat to sleep this past Tues. She was in poor health and it was a relief yet still so hard.

Friday night we went and picked up her baby Mini Schnauzer! Sadie is a DOLL! She's 8 wks old and so small.

We are going to have to board her when we go to HI in July. Since we leave around the time she's due her 3rd round of shots etc I told Mom to check into leaving her at the vet. They have runs for them to exercise in and are well taken care of.

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Thank you - I will. My daughter actually works at the vets -- I just hate them not being at home, you know. And.......I LOVE mini schnauzers! The pup we put to sleep at the age of 17 was a schnoodle (part schnauzer and part poodle). And.........one of the pups we have now is named Sadi!!! When I do board them, I get all their shots, dentals, etc also at that time. If anything, they can sleep from the anesthesia for one day. I still worry......they are like my kids. Ok Ok...they don't talk back - so may be better than my kids!! Wish I were going to HI too!! Let us know how it goes!
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I know a couple in Baton Rouge that do this sort of thing....house visits, walking etc for pets. She works with a vet.

If you are anywhere close to BR I could try to set yall up.


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Ahhh thanks! but I'm 2 hrs from BR unfortunately!
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That's why I don't have pets. I have had a toy poodle, gave him to the ex and I had a persian kitten which I had to give up because of the accident.
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As posted above you can locate a petsitter in your area by using the following website www.petsit.com plug in your zip and the list of petsitters will come up. You want to make sure anyone coming into your home is insured and bonded.
My dogs start getting sad when the suitcases come out from the basement. If you kennel make sure you take a full tour of the place. I have a petsitter come in for my golden and collie. Even though they miss us I rather them be in their own home. Plus I just put in a doggie door in(best thing I ever did).
My African gray parrot however I have to board because he would bite the petsitter. He is so pissed off at me when I pick him up at boarding after the cruise he nips at me for about a week. :evil:
My golden had a infection that was cleared up with antibiotics however I was so upset I can't imagine what I'm going to do when that time comes.

One thing I can say is that I will always have a dog(s) in my family.

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We have four dogs. Three weiner dogs and a boxer sharpei. We boarded the dogs in the past and last cruise my son stayed home and watched them all. The smaller dogs sleep with us sometimes and also sleep in their crates. I would rethink crating your puppy. My dogs love being in their crates, it's a source of comfort for them and keeps them out of mischief if you're not home. When we boarded them I lined their crates with towels that we had slept on so they had our scent. I would definitely board the puppy with the other dog so they can be together. We had to put down one of our doxies earlier this year, poor thing was just old and stopped eating and drinking. I know how difficult it can be to lose a pet. Our animals are such a part of our lives, I can't imagine not having a pet.
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Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOO much everyone for your advice and encouragment and tips of the trade! I sooooooo appreciate it! You are definitely making me feel much better! I know during the day they will be fine ------ its just the nighttime. mstill --- a puggle is part pug/ part beagle and just a wonderful pup! You pay more for the hybrids now than we do for purebred!!! We will be leaving from N.O. this next cruise. I think once I get this one out the way -- I'll know she will be alright. Mstill -- I see you live in BR. My sister and brother in law owns KEANS there.
Okay I need a picture cause the puppy sounds to cute for words. I love both Pugs and Beagles does she howl?

I'm going on 3CCCs next year and I will have to board my dog and two cats I very worried about it. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat and dog. It's so sad when a pet dies.
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Okay I had to find a picture cause Puggle sounded so cute. Does your puppy look like this?
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We only boarded our "son" Javy once when he was still a puppy.
My Grandmother died and we had to fly to Pennsylvania for the funeral on short notice.
Took him to the boarding place our vet recommended.
He interacted fine with other dogs before the stay.
After we got home, he fears or steers clear of every other dog he sees now. Bigger or smaller.
We don't know what happened there while he was mingling with the other dogs during playtime.
They claimed nothing happened, but we refuse to board him again.

We either drop him off at Grandma and Grandpa's on the way to our cruise in Florida. (although them moving from the Port Canaveral area is screwing that option up for us.)
Or we have a family friend or one of our nieces and nephews stay the week at our house to watch him.

Our boy just needs human companionship and he is the happiest little guy on the planet.

Someday after he passes, we are going to make a hard decision that either we cruise a couple of times a year OR get another dog.

I refuse to do both for another 10-15 years.
At least on land based vacations we can always find hotels or relatives to stay with so we can bring him along.

Best of luck finding a good alternative for you and your dog.

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I actually take 3 trips a year and my boys are fine at home with the petsitter. I don't think you can't go away because you have a dog.

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