I really do enjoy having a dog around. They are a constant companion when no one is around. They always listen to you and never judge you. They love you even when you don't feel lovable. They always wake up happy and don't seem to have big mood swings. They don't talk back and usually mind fairly well.
Having a dog is good until you are planning summer vacations. What the heck do we do with a dog then? If he was an outside dog we would just schedule someone to come over and check every day. BUT he is an inside dog. Now what? No way am I paying to board him at $16 a night for 24 nights this summer. Did you do the math on that one? Yeah you were right. $384! Yikes! All for a dog?! Wow!
So, blog friends …. what do you do with your animals when you travel? There has to be a better option for me than paying almost $400 this summer for him to be boarded while we are gone.
Tell me the better option!
I’m afraid we do the kennel thing – we were thrilled when we had a nice little kennel open up in our little town. They charge $15 a night so yes, it adds up, but to us it’s worth it rather than finding someone to watch them or taking them along. Our kennel takes great care of the dogs and gives them a lot of attention, so we really trust them. With two kids there was no way we could keep traveling with an animal anymore, and I don’t like leaving ours anywhere they don’t know since they are both runners when they have some freedom, they’d never find their way back somewhere else like they do at home.
Hope you find a solution! Sorry I’m no help – I’m a kennel advocate I guess 🙂
We have some friends who love our dog. Since she is small (only 4 pounds) they don’t mind having her in their home so when we go away they will take care of her for us. it is great for us and they enjoy it as well. I think they would take her permanantly if we let them 🙂 But we love her too much to give her away!
just like you farm your kids out when you need to, you do the same for your dog. find a friend (or two or three) who wouldn’t mind dog-sitting for a few days this summer. you could pay them with food, cute little crafts, or return the favor for them, should they need it! I’d offer, but I think our dogs would NOT get along (or Ray would kill someone!) 🙂
yikes! maybe you could have one of your friends take care of him while you are gone, keep him at their house!? even if you gave them $100 as a thank you, it’s still way cheaper, and you’d probably trust them more! good luck. that’s a lot o’ money!
We can watch him except…June 26th through July 5th…
So, the dog thing…agree with above: farm that doggie out. Especially for families who “want” a dog but want to see what it is like first (again, works well with kids too)
As far as NKOTB: NO need to feel like a dork! I made my two youngest go somewhere quietly while they were on, so I could give my full attention. I guess I was just surpressing that emotions that still linger for joey. I really wanted them to be better, they just weren’t. sigh.
Go to the reunion and redeem their image for me.
I have a friend who has been in Africa for the past three months. He has a yellow lab. His good friend just kept the dog while he was gone.
I hope you find something that works best for you all!
Find a college student who lives at home and see if they would house sit for you. Maybe they are desperate enough for some independence that they would do it for free!
I second Amanda.
Our kids would love to have a dog for some time during the summer. Our Chocolate Lab, Max, found a new owner. He has now filed for adoption away from us and I have his papers sitting on the counter that I need to take to his new mommy. Maybe I shouldn’t type that since I still want to adopt. The adoption agency may think that if a dog wants to get away from this family why would a child want to stay. Perhaps I should make this anonymous or sign someone elses name…Great idea!
put em down. hahahaha
Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. How about freezing him, then thaw him out when you get back? That could work! huh? huh?
We really want a dog. Correction, *I* really want a dog and I’m sure that if the kids knew that having a dog was an option, they would really want one too. 🙂 But because of this very reason, we’re not getting one now. What do you do with a dog when you travel overseas? Australia has crazy strict quarantine laws and animals have to stay in quarantine for like, six months, costing thousands of dollars. It’s insane. So until we figure out where we’re gonna be for a couple years, and have generous friends who like to pet sit, we’re waiting. And I’m bummed. I was so jealous when you got your dog!
okay Tamara and Christi you will both be hearing from me ….