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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Kennels whilst working away

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I've not posted here in a while. I just wanted to ask your opinions:

Winter is now 2 years old. We've found some kennels we like and she stays there every now and then whilst I work away, the longest being 12 days so far. I am confident she is happy there (I've watched her when she doesn't know I'm there).

Anyhow, next summer I'm taking a 7 week research internship that I need to do for my career. I was planning on putting Winter into the kennels for this time. My friend just now tells me I am cruel and it is unfair and although I don't think it is, I thought maybe I should rethink this. I am not willing to give up this internship, call me selfish - that's fine, but I'm giving up my career if I don't do it. In a few years I will be moving abroad, maybe to Costa Rica and plan on taking Winter with me. But am I being fair to her? Would it be better for me just to rehome her? What are your thoughts? Surely others have been through similar and the dog has been fine?
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I am deployed to Cali right now for four months. I have one dog at my parents, one dog at home with my boyfriend and one dog (the crazy puppy) I just picked up after boarding her for 3 months with someone. Now she was in a home, but it's wasn't like she was free. She did dog yard/ crate rotation along with training and work. I got to go visit and take her for a day here and there, and now she is in the hotel with me full time. That being said. She was fine, happy and adjusted. Yes I think she prefers being with me of course but the 3 months there did not traumatize her. If it's a good kennel, where your girl will get exercise and interaction, she will be completely fine when you get home.


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That's reassuring, thanks. I can barely stand the (rehoming) word, but if I thought it would be better for her I would look into to. I just don't trust people though. You know how it goes, people have a baby then dump the dog in a shelter I don't believe anyone could love her more than we do and whilst we are not perfect owners, we will always do our best for her. I don't trust anyone else to do that.
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Life happens sometimes. Seven weeks is a long time to be in a kennel, but it is not the end of the world, and the dog isn't a puppy. People sometimes are sent over-seas for a period of months and their dogs manage ok.

I had my brother's nutty GSD for two years, from age 3-5. She was fine when my brother took her back. She loved me like crazy whenever I visited over there.

I would be worried about taking my dog with me to other countries, or rather, I would look into things like quarantine regulations, and rentals with dogs.

Some people just have to voice their opinion, and if what they say includes a dig on whoever they are talking to, all the better. It's an opinion, weigh it, consider the source, choose to act on it or ignore it, and then let it go.

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Thanks Selzer. I would rather her go and stay with someone I know but frankly, I don't trust it for that long. Anything could happen (unintentionally), at least at the kennels she has access to vets and things. As well as the fact she loves other dogs and gets to play with them all day.

Moving abroad, I don't actually know where and when I'm going yet so can't plan. But of course I will make sure I look into it well and that it will work out. It will be hard for her, as well as all of us, but I'm sure she'd be fine once we settled. It will be a wilderness, I know that. Away from cities, what better life for a dog!
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service guys look for foster homes when they get deployed and this seems to work. 7 weeks isn't that long, might be harder on you.
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Thanks Selzer. I would rather her go and stay with someone I know but frankly, I don't trust it for that long. Anything could happen (unintentionally), at least at the kennels she has access to vets and things. As well as the fact she loves other dogs and gets to play with them all day.

Moving abroad, I don't actually know where and when I'm going yet so can't plan. But of course I will make sure I look into it well and that it will work out. It will be hard for her, as well as all of us, but I'm sure she'd be fine once we settled. It will be a wilderness, I know that. Away from cities, what better life for a dog!
I can't stand the idea that a wonderful owner like you would rehome your dog. My pet sitter -- who takes care of my cat -- actually encourages us to kennel our GSD so that he'll have attention and others to play with. Of course, she wants us to look into excellent kennels. (Hope I can find one.)

I think GSD are so extroverted for the most part that a kennel -- if you approve of it -- is fine.

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if you're usuing a good kennel and your confident with them
board her. don't rehome her. can you visit her? if you can't
visit her she's still going to be fine. when you go to pick her
up it's going to be like old times. good luck with your internship.
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I'd lose sleep over the dog not recognizing me when I picked him up, but then I'm paranoid about that kind of stuff .
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 07:47 PM
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I'd lose sleep over the dog not recognizing me when I picked him up, but then I'm paranoid about that kind of stuff .
Ha, me too. Do dogs have good memories? I heard of a dog who still remembered her owner after six years.
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