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07-07-2014 09:23 PM
VTGirlT
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Originally Posted by IllinoisNative View Post
Yep, I boarded one of my dogs for three days, and they had to call in an emergency vet on a Sunday because he wasn't eating and dehydrated. They had to give him an IV. Poor thing was SO stressed. Never did it again.

I've also worked at a Kennel and A LOT of dogs won't eat.
Yes, i've seen this happen exactly. It can be from stress even, the dogs have diarrhea, won't eat, you can't force them to drink or monitor it as well. So that will also lower their immune system and be more susceptible for any kennel sickness going around.

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What have you seen the kennels do? Do they really not tell the owner unless they think he'd find out anyway?
Yes.
07-07-2014 09:21 PM
middleofnowhere A good kennel is insured and trustworthy (despite recent headliners). Your family or pet sitter -- not so much. Awkward situation. Has the dog been boarded before? You might want to try a trial session & see how that goes.
07-07-2014 07:25 PM
lalachka
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Originally Posted by VTGirlT View Post
I wouldn't do boarding for more than a few days for a dog..

Its super stressful on dogs.. They can get sick, stressed, sick from being so stressed, bad things can happen and the kennel wont tell you unless its something you will notice or even if you might notice they may not tell you, etc. (i've been around of the kennel business to know, i've seen it all)



Definitely house sitter!!!!


What have you seen the kennels do? Do they really not tell the owner unless they think he'd find out anyway?
07-07-2014 07:05 PM
IllinoisNative
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Originally Posted by VTGirlT View Post
I wouldn't do boarding for more than a few days for a dog..
Its super stressful on dogs.. They can get sick, stressed, sick from being so stressed, bad things can happen and the kennel wont tell you unless its something you will notice or even if you might notice they may not tell you, etc. (i've been around of the kennel business to know, i've seen it all)

Definitely house sitter!!!!
Yep, I boarded one of my dogs for three days, and they had to call in an emergency vet on a Sunday because he wasn't eating and dehydrated. They had to give him an IV. Poor thing was SO stressed. Never did it again.

I've also worked at a Kennel and A LOT of dogs won't eat.
07-07-2014 12:03 AM
volcano We can work out a deal- Ill watch the dogs in Virginia for the 2 months youre gone. Then I get to stay in your house in Hawaii the rest of the year...
07-04-2014 02:14 AM
Declan
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I'm thinking that my sister might be my best option, in exchange for free rent for when I'm gone for 2 months. I wouldn't trust Ruger alone with Kilia the cat, although she will have a cat door to get out if needed. But I have seen Ruger try and sneak up on her multiple times when he doesn't think I'm looking. Not to be trusted!!!
I think that sounds like your best option. Maybe she would even be alright with staying there temporarily while she looks for a place so you have an end in sight? It may help Kilia to have escape routes if you put shelves along the walls. When you're working with a dog with a high prey drive, the cat should be able to move through a room without touching the floor. Good luck!
07-04-2014 01:29 AM
Alice13 Your sister would be the best, followed by pet sitter and then boarding. There is a high cgance your dog will come home flesh and bones if you send him/her to boarding

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07-04-2014 01:28 AM
scottkeen
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I strongly advise having your sister stay at your place or hiring a petsitter who comes more often. That said, to be honest, since your dog has a high prey drive and has to be constantly reminded not to go after cats, and you have only had him for four months, I think you are setting yourself up for a horrific disaster if you don't bring one of them with you. I personally wouldn't trust a pet sitter or a family member to prevent a catastrophe if I'd just gotten a dog with a high prey drive and had a cat.
I'm thinking that my sister might be my best option, in exchange for free rent for when I'm gone for 2 months. I wouldn't trust Ruger alone with Kilia the cat, although she will have a cat door to get out if needed. But I have seen Ruger try and sneak up on her multiple times when he doesn't think I'm looking. Not to be trusted!!!
07-04-2014 01:25 AM
scottkeen
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Originally Posted by Remo View Post
What city is your condo located in?

Does your dog get along OK with other dogs? Is he people friendly?

Right now I have an ancient, blind foster dog that does not get along with male dogs. I cannot imagine that he will still be with me by April 2015. After his demise (he has been a foster for almost five years!) I plan on doing some pet sitting to make extra cash now that I am retired. My own GSDs all get along pretty well with other dogs. I hit the dog park in Reston with one of my own female GSDs on a daily basis. We also take long walks down by the Potomac River pretty frequently.

Perhaps we could work something out. I am one of the founders of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue so I could give you more references than you would ever need to feel comfortable.
Very interesting!

My condo in Virginia is in RESTON, north Reston near the North Point Village Shopping Center.

My 2.5 year-old GSD is named "Ruger". I got him from a breeder in Hilo, Hawaii. His mother is a working GSD from Hilo, Hawaii, his father is a Seigerhund show dog from Yugoslavia.

He is *very good* with small kids. His previous family had 3 small kids, 1 of the kids was autistic and used to beat on Ruger but he would just sit there and take it. There was also a pug "Daisy" that he grew up with. The family divorced and Ruger was too much for a single parent.

Ruger is OK with other dogs. He goes bi-weekly to Nose4Adventure doggy day-care in Kailua Kona, Hawaii and plays with a dozen other dogs of all shapes and sizes for 3 hours. Never been a problem. On the walking trails, he's sort of 50/50 with other big dogs. He has no problem with small dogs.

Aside from me and 1 or 2 other adults, Ruger doesn't pay much attention to other adults. If I'm in the room and there's a dozen other adults, he gives me 100% of his attention, as if no one else is there. I'm not sure if this is good or bad. He's kind of 1-person-minded, if that makes sense.

Will have to keep you in mind after I get back to Virginia in April.
07-04-2014 12:56 AM
Declan Just realized this would be for a few months at a time... I don't think even a petsitter is fair in that case unless they're staying at the house and sleeping there. Only having human interaction for even a few hours each day - let alone half an hour - for longer than a couple of weeks isn't fair to me. I know this is your first dog, so you might not realize this yet, but dogs are pack animals and yours would suffer gravely under those circumstances.
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