My husband and I are going out of town over Labor Day weekend (leaving Thurs. afternoon, returning Monday morning). Unfortunately I don't think it's at all possible to bring our pup with us.
We have a couple of options, but I honestly can't decide what's best, for Abbey (our pup)! Options are as follows:
1. She can stay with my sister and her family, who have been around her a lot, and absolutely adore her. They also have a German Shepherd (6 yrs. old, female), who Abbey gets along with GREAT. They play well together, and just seem to really enjoy each other's company. My sister also has two kids (11 and 15), who also love to play with Abbey - point is, I know she'd be in good hands, and would have plenty to keep her busy.
2. Or... my very close friend's daughter, who is 20, could come and stay at our house with Abbey while we're gone. I trust her completely - and this way, Abbey could stay in her own home... but... my friend's daughter doesn't have much experience with puppies (she loves them, of course!), but she's never raised one, so I'm not sure that she would know how to handle her in certain situations (she can be a handful!). But again, I trust her completely and I'm sure everything would be fine.
Any input on this? To provide some background in case it matters: as of Labor Day weekend, we will have had Abbey for about 3 months, and she will be about 5 months old at that time. She's never been away from us (except while we're at work). I'm very concerned about separation anxiety, and I just don't know what to do!