I honestly have never taken a vacation that included Titan. Not because I wouldn't want him there, more so the expense and it not generally allowed where I have gone. Most of my vacations consist of a plane and that alone is $500 to start due to his size and the fact the airport ehre is itty bitty. The closest big airport that would fly Titan out, would be about 5 hours away. Other trips that we drove to didnt' allow dogs. But I['m sure like most parents, of fur babies or real babies.. it's nice to have a break every now and then. In the end I have my BF to consider too. He is a very no responsibility on vacation type of person, bringing Titan would add to that so I have to compromise there too.
When I plan a vacation though, Titan is in mind, in the sense of who is caring for him. I have never planned a vacation where he was kenneled because he would be utterly miserable. I have always been able to find a friend that has dogs, knows Titan and can handle his energy. I have one friend in particular that is my go to, and I am hers. She has 2 dogs and we don't charge eachother ever (exceptions are for extended times like my 7 month deployement I paid her monthly for food and convenience.) I watch hers, she watches mine when it's needed. I have back ups if needed. I have also found that it makes a HUGE difference that Titan is well behaved he's a really easy dog to watch.
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010