|03-14-2014 12:01 PM|
|Shaolin||It depends on how long we are going to be gone and what we are doing. If it's just a short weekend trip where we are just having unscheduled fun, we take the dogs. If we are going for a specific reason: going to see a show/concert or for conventions, we either kennel them or a very dear friend of ours either moves into our house or he takes them to his depending on his work schedule.|
|03-14-2014 11:26 AM|
|Baillif||You can always look into air bnbs for vacationing with dogs. Theres usually one wherever you go if you have issues finding hotels that allow pets|
|03-14-2014 10:56 AM|
|Rottendog||We always rent a beach house for the whole family, 4 legged included. The girls are much happier with us than they are in a kennel. I used to board when I went on vacation. But had one of my Labs come home with raw tail from fleas. This was at Vet's office. So No more, I take them with me. Here's an idea, why don't we start a thread of Dog/GSD friendly vacation accommodations? I know I've got my favorite but always looking for something new too.|
|03-14-2014 06:45 AM|
This was a huge dilemma for me. We don't usually vacation where Rocco is allowed. I couldn't board him because he would be miserably in a kennel. He is very nervous and anxious. I don't have anyone that could stay with him for days, nor would I trust that set up (he would have to be walked and exercised). Luckily, after searching and visiting several places, I found a place. It's a ranch that boards dogs. He gets to run around with other dogs most of the day (which he loves). He is then boarded for night in a stall, which is much bigger and open than a kennel. The dogs are also boarded in groups so he's not alone all night. It's not perfect and I much rather have him with me but it's the best situation I have found and he loves to go there. He even knows the place by name.
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|03-14-2014 01:02 AM|
The only time I usually went without my dogs is when visiting my brother in NE because it involves flying (although, I did take my Golden on a driving trip to NE, before my brother moved there).
I always plan trips in a way that the dog(s) can come too and have fun as well. If possible we try to rent a vacation cabin/cottage for most trips because it works out better with dogs involved but we've also done trips with a dog where we stayed in hotels the whole time.
|03-13-2014 04:26 PM|
In the summer we go to Nantucket for two weeks and the dogs come with us. We rent a cottage (same one every year) and go for long walks and they have a good time.
In the winter we go skiing and rent a cottage with our friends and, again, bring the dogs. Last year we went to Lake Placid and this year we went to the Poconos. Because of the unusually high amount of crusted ice and snow accumulation this winter, we didn't get to do a lot of hiking, but I think the mutt monsters had a good time anyway since our cottage was on 7 acres and they had room to run.
Last year I was on a crazy book deadline so I just bailed from work for a week and we rented a cottage (seeing a common theme here yet? ) for a week in the fall with the dogs. I'd write all day until I couldn't take it anymore and then we'd all go on a long walk and admire the autumn foliage and look for wild grapes.
At some point I'd really like to go to Glen Highland Farm. I might try to coordinate that trip with some of my dog sport friends in a year or two.
In short, yep, I totally pick vacations based on where I think the dogs will have a good time. Seeing them happy is what's most fun and relaxing for me, so that's what we do.
|03-13-2014 02:46 PM|
In April we're going to Florida and my sister is staying at my house with 2 dogs while my 2 GSDs will be boarded at my friend's farm. I usually leave my GSDs with her for one week each year. I think it's important for them to have the experience being boarded and away from me for an extended period, and they end up loving her farm (lots of space to run, weird animals to bark at, stuffed Kongs every day).
|03-13-2014 02:40 PM|
|Stosh||I have a friend with a small private kennel at her home- she and her husband are around all the time and Stosh loves it there. If she's not available, I take him to Circle Star Pet Resort in Murchison TX. They do agility, obedience training, let the dogs play with others, take them on golf cart rides around the lake or for a hike. It's doggie paradise! See if you can find a place like that.|
|03-13-2014 02:36 PM|
|Msmaria||Oops meant to post this. LURE RESORT - A FISHERMAN'S PARADISE.wmv - YouTube|
|03-13-2014 02:15 PM|
Because we like camping, we can take the dogs on our vacations at least half the time. Arizona, Colorado , Utah and Northern Ca are pretty dog friendly. When using our timeshare which doesn't allow dogs, we usually find a place close by to leave them, so we can pick them up during the day for outings. Sometimes if travel is by plane or a very long drive, we leave them behind. My old shih tzu always stays behind with a relative in my home.
For example: the lure resort in Northern Ca allows dogs. its one of our favorite spots but we only get to go once every other year. Dex hasn't gone yet, we will probably go this year.
Downieville CA vacation rental and California fly fishing lodge
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