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Boarding Multiple Dogs

We are going on a cruise in a little over a year. Im curious, how do you choose someplace to board your dogs? Do you board them together? I basically have 2 pairs of dogs. All to the same place or different places?

Winx - she is fine with anything.
Pilot - fine with pretty much everything but hes a softy.

Roxanne - sounds fierce but has never offered to hurt anyone. Shes a nervous dog.
Emmy - as long as shes being fed, shes good.

I know that I dont want them let out in a yard with other dogs and Ill have to look for a place that will accept an intact dog. Im seriously considering looking for in home care for them.

I know I have a while but I worry about their safety. A dog was accidentally given to the wrong family at a local boarding place recently and then theres K9 Karson, who was missing from a boarding place for over a month in the dead of winter.

Im thinking about checking out a place that has Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and does boarding. I believe the owner is a field trainer.

2 1/2 weeks without my dogs is kind of bothering me a little I think.

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Why don't you hire a housesitter instead?

I don't go often but when I do, the house sitter is the only way it is manageable.

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I prefer to use a House sitter too on the rare occasions I go somewhere without my dogs.

I feel they are more comfortable being at home, I don't worry about whether or not they are getting the care I want them to have, are being put in situations I wouldn't want them to be in and having someone staying in my house is a bonus.
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Another vote for in house care. I am a little leery of services so I try to find reliable older teens whose family I know. Homeschooled teens are often a good choice or teenagers in the neighborhood. You can usually get someone good if you are offering to pay the same rate you would pay a kennel.

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If you don't want to go the house-sitting route, call Jenny Resendez. She lives in Bellville. I know it's not that close to the Cleveland area (it's an hour north of Columbus), but she's a golden person and understands dogs. Her rates are also very reasonable.

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AND she doesn't go for the bull crap of "Pay more and your dog gets more attention and extra treats". Anyway, Jenny's awesome and my dogs had a wonderful time when they stayed for almost 10 days early in the summer. Eevee was only 12 weeks at the time and she did great!
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I prefer to use a House sitter too on the rare occasions I go somewhere without my dogs.

I feel they are more comfortable being at home, I don't worry about whether or not they are getting the care I want them to have, are being put in situations I wouldn't want them to be in and having someone staying in my house is a bonus.
I recently did a post. Definitely agree. With my senior in a prior state I had a senior friend also, that always took her. Here now that we’ve moved, I have an excellent boarding place for HER. I just don’t think now with Tucker that it works at this stage. Currently looking for a permanent solution for a sitter. Thankfully my trip was canceled so I have some time.

For us my husband is in oil so we have both the benefit and the challenge of his schedule (home a month. Gone a month) and I travel on occasion. Plus work from home largely. We are so active with them it sure feels balanced but the resolution for those times our schedules cross... currently being researched.

Home for the pups had my vote too. Or a super trusted loved ones home that they’re super familiar with.

My search continues 🙂
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I have to travel for work for 1 week every month.

While I'm gone, the dogs stay home with my family. It would never in a million years occur to me to board my dogs anywhere.


If I did not have family who I trusted to take care of my dogs right there at home, I would board my dogs vs relying on housesitters.

My baby sister and her family had to go down to Mississippi for 2 months. Rather than bring the pets (St. Bernard and 2 cats) with, they made arrangements with their neighbors to watch/feed them + had another family take the St. Bernard home with them.

Everything was OK until the other family had to go on leave and brought the St. Bernard home to leave him in the care of the neighbors.

St. Bernard broke out of the house and was found wandering on base. If he were not chipped, probably would have been much worse.

The window that he broke through was open the whole time (over 12 hours) and my sister lost one of her cats. The cat is still missing. And they have been searching desperately for her for 2 months. The cat is chipped, but has not turned up anywhere.

W/R to boarding - the dangers of boarding is you have to recognize that all of the really bad viruses that have rocked the dog world recently... had their start at boarding kennels. Which is probably a biggest reason to really search around for the most conscientious kennel you can....

Up here in MI there is a golden breeder who just opened up a boarding kennel and it really looks very clean and nice. <= That's probably the direction I'd go if I had no other choice.

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Another vote for house sitting! I used to house sit quite frequently when I was in college/ recent grad living at home. The situation that Megora is describing is really unfortunate, but in my experience when someone is staying in the house, those types of situations are very rare.
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Yet another vote for a house sitter. The hard part is to find someone you like and trust. Personal recommendations are the way to go. One of the technicians at our vet's office does house sitting. A friend of mine hires the responsible teenage kids of fellow agility competitors (my 17-year-old, who has worked part-time at a kennel for the last three years as her weekend/summer job) has done this. I also have a friend who lives locally and has been house-sitting for years. If your town/community has a Facebook page, you might find someone through that. And training clubs are a good source of information too.

It's comforting to know that the dogs are safe, in their own home.


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I've only ever used house/dog sitters!
I like knowing that my dogs are comfortable in their own home and maintaining their same routine!

My last golden was way to scared of kennels and my current older golden doesn't do well with a large amount of dogs. The puppy would probably be fine as long as her sister was with her, but I just feel more comfortable with a dog sitter!

We are also going on a cruise in we will be in the same position!

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