Thank you, everybody, for your response!
- The kids are little, ages 5 and 3. Thank you for the advice on tethering and crating them for family time. I think thatís what weíll do, and weíll definitely spend time with them away from the family. Weíll also watch them like hawks around the kids.
, @wolfy dog
- Thank you for your suggestion of boarding them. While that might be the best option logically, neither me nor my husband would feel good leaving them at Christmas time. I know itís dumb; the dogs donít know itís Christmas, but nonetheless we are bringing them with us. Logically it might be dumb, but we couldnít bear the other option.
We are willing to manage their behavior for the three days. These puppies have been through a lot in the 5 months theyíve been with us. They travel every weekend, weíve moved in with roommates and 5 other dogs (yes, thatís right, 5 other dogs!), they deal with new people coming over often, theyíve dealt with construction workers coming in and out. I feel they are very well-adjusted for having been through so much, and we have really worked to bond with them. Sorry for the little side track, but I guess Iím just defending the fact that they will be able to handle the newness, I was just wanting to know the best way to approach it. I really appreciate your response, though. Most people arenít crazy like us, and would probably board them
- Thank you for your story of how you handled your young dog in that situation. It sounds like you did a great job! I hope to control our two as well as you did yours. My husband and I are certainly willing to split up the jobs and really be on our watch. Weíve been doing it for 5 months, we can do it for three days
- Great point with the surgery thing. They will have 3 weeks to recover before we go on this trip. The vet thought that would be fine, but of course we will cancel our trip if any problems come up. Weíre prepared for a possible headache, but if we feel the surgery will affect the trip too much, we will reconsider.
- But you know your pups the best, so if you, and they, can handle it, so be it. Just manage wellÖ - Thank you for adding that. I think we can manage them. NoÖ I donít thinkÖ I KNOW we can
- Could you clarify your statement please? I had a hard time understanding through the written word. I understood your comment to mean that barking at strangers is unacceptable behavior. Did I understand that right? If so, I actually didnít know that. I actually like that they bark at strangers and then calm down when they see Iím calm. I understand my comment probably makes you think they wouldnít do well with family, but I know my dogs. They would not hurt my family when they see Iím comfortable with them. If I didnít understand your comment, please correct me
- Thank you for your comment of us successfully managing two littermates. We do feel weíre doing a good job, though I know the hard part hasnít even started yet
With that said, our living situation is ridiculous (look up at the third paragraph) and we just do not want to manage them intact. We have weighed the pros and cons and talked to our vet. We just feel going ahead with the surgery is the best option for us given our situation. Iím so sorry of the female who died of complications
That is very sad.
Any other advice is welcome! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.