Short term foster/shipping a dog?
Got a few questions on shipping a dog, here's the situation-
I'm going to be making a big move from Arkansas to NY for work here in the next few months, and I may end up staying with family up there for a short period of time while I find a place and get established. My options as far as that goes are 1)my grandfather who, while pretty spry for his old age has hip problems and I would be worried about my dog knocking him over/tripping him up and injuring him, and 2) staying with my Aunt and Uncle, who have small children, a situation my dog has never been in, and while I do not think he would bite them unprovoked, he hates having his tail pulled, feet messed with, etc. and he might nip at them, which is something I do not want. Also they live in a big McMansion with a bunch of nice stuff for my dog to break and/or get all hairy, Don't wanna put that much undo stress on my family. That being said, my best friend has offered to watch my dog for a few months and then either ship him up or drive him up himself once I get my own place.
Anyone have any experience with a situation like this?
How did it turn out?
If I end up shipping him, what does that normally cost and Is it safe?
P.S.-My friend is also a dog owner and we are currently roommates, my dog absolutely adores him and gets along great with his dog so that part is a nonissue as far as environment change goes, the only change would be me not being around. aside from that my only worry is I would hate for my dog to feel like I abandoned him, even if it was just for a short period of time.