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brid kenny
3rd August 2006, 01:22 PM
I'm just curious as to what people do with their dogs when they go away for a few days or a night or two....particularly those with more than one dog.
Thanks in advance,
Brid. :thnx:

3rd August 2006, 01:26 PM
I leave mine at Cindy's Home Boarding in Blanchardstown. :)

3rd August 2006, 01:56 PM
Go away? You mean that people with more than one dog go away? :badgrin:

My son used to come and stay with the dogs. Now that he moved away (not because of the dogs :badgrin: :badgrin: ), we are exploring the option of using a pet sitter.

3rd August 2006, 02:51 PM
I'm lucky enough that Robbie's breeder lives close and is willing to take him so he goes there..and Riley goes to one of 2 friend's house...since they both have some special needs and most of my friends have at least one dog of their own it is hard to ask them to take both.

3rd August 2006, 02:55 PM
When I go camping, don't matter how many days I go, I will take mine. If it is for something else, they go stay with my sister. She lives in the house I used to live in so it has a nice set up for dogs. Doggie door and all :D

3rd August 2006, 03:02 PM
Hi Guys.
I'm trying to find somewhere to send Holly when I go away at the end of the month for a week and a half. A friend is giving me a number of somewhere in Carrickmacross. it's €15 a day or €18 is you want them trained. They suggest leaving them for 2 weeks. I'll try them during the weekend. karlin, can you give me details for the Cindys Blanchardstown boarding. Brid, I'm still in Lucan if you're looking for someone to take her for the odd night or two.

3rd August 2006, 03:20 PM
I'd strongly advise PMing TKC on any place that claims to 'train' dogs and see if she is aware of the place and if it is known-- generally this is a real warning signal. No good trainer recommends a dog be left for training as then it only bonds to the trainer -- it needs to be the owner doing this work for any level of success and of the places I know that do this, most use ,ethods that would not be appropriate for a cavalier -- tends to be all correction-based training and at any rate, you cannot see what they actually do if you are not there at the time.

There are places that have all been recommended on www.irishanimals.ie -- I'd recommend checking there. Cindy's Home Boarding is listed there as well but is usually heavily booked in summer -- I reserve about two months in advance at busy times.

Happy Hounds in Meath is supposed to be good but is more normal boarding. Cindy's is inside, with Margaret who runs it; she only take a limited number of small dogs).

3rd August 2006, 03:34 PM
Thanks Karlin. I've pm'd TKC to ask them about this place I've heard of. I've also rang Cindy boarding and she's to get to me when she checks.
Thanks for the help.

3rd August 2006, 03:34 PM
If for some reason we can't take them with, my niece or my parent's watch them.

3rd August 2006, 03:36 PM
BTW Margaret is TKC's mum. :)

Cathy T
3rd August 2006, 03:44 PM
We have a petsitter who sleeps at our house. She leaves in the a.m. and checks in on them during the day then comes back in the evening to sleep here. We love her!!

3rd August 2006, 05:50 PM
Go away???? :yikes What's going away???? :lol:

I have had quite a few dogs in my home on their hols as I don't like to see Cavaliers being boarded :roll: However, Maxx has been to stay at Grandma's & my other friend Nicki's but now both of them will go to stay at Auntie Alison's if we ever go anywhere - if she'll have them ;) :lol:

In return Whitney and any other Cavaliers Alison might accumulate will stay at Auntie Donna's hotel like home :lol:

Bruce H
3rd August 2006, 06:13 PM
Somewhere in the distant past I seem to remember something they called "vacation". If I remember right it was quite enjoyable :|

That's one of the downsides to breeding. We have so many, we end up taking separate vacations or just stay home with the dogs. The closest we came lately was when we took a few extra days to go to the Duluth dog show and took 10 dogs with us; Kris's mom watched the other two for us. Don't know that we could trust anyone to watch all ours, seems we always have either puppies, someone pregnant, in season or about to come in season.

3rd August 2006, 06:16 PM
Bono goes to his grandma and Nóra to her best friend.

3rd August 2006, 06:50 PM
I get someone in..

an aupair usually, if i dont have one i get a friend to doggie sit.

with birds, dogs, hamsters fish and rabbits here its not easy to decided to go away!!!

brid kenny
3rd August 2006, 08:41 PM
Thanks for all the replies. It's interresting to see what everyone else does.
My friends slag me because they think I curtail my socialising because of Phoebe!!
Thanks Yvonne for the offer.
Brid. :D :D

3rd August 2006, 09:05 PM
Pah, just ignore them Brid. I get teased by some of my friends but they know how much my dogs mean to me and class them as my babies too.

In fact, when Maxx was poorly the other week and we ended up having to come back from Alison's in order for Maxx to see the Vet urgently, my mate and her hubby and kids gave up their evening at home to come and dog sit for me. She was as upset that Maxx was poorly as I was :flwr: When they had to go home to put the kids to bed (which was about 30 mins before we arrived home), her hubby was so worried about leaving the dogs alone that he wanted to take them home with him :lol:

I do have a 'friend' who mocks me but then she is rather an unhappy person and has few friends which I find quite sad.

3rd August 2006, 09:56 PM
where do the little darlings go?????

ANTEE DONAZ's house with Maxx and Charlie
:lotsaluv: :lotsaluv: :lotsaluv:

A big thank you to Donna xxx for always looking after them so well.

Alison, wilts, U.k.

4th August 2006, 12:00 AM
Ah but what you don't know is that I let them sit around and watch violent films on tv and eat bad things, smoke and drink alcohol whilst you're not around :badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin: ;) :badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin:

4th August 2006, 12:07 AM
Dear Brid,

When I lived in the city, I spoiled my dogs rotten. When they are puppies (Merry & Pippin), I hated to leave them at home, so I dropped them off a doggy day care, while I am at work. The doggy day care would even take them home to their house at night, if I had to go out of town. That all ended in April 2005.

I bought my parents home & my sister, me and my parents all live in the same house out in the country. Since my parents are retired, they are home with the dogs during the day. If I go on vacation, the dogs are with my family. The 3 dogs are all adults and are little trouble and lots of love and companionship for our family.

Now I am looking at getting a puppy in September and I didn't want my parents to do the puppy training. They are retired and they didn't choose to have all these dogs, I did and it is my responsibility. So I asked my dog groomer out here in the country if she would watch the puppy while I am at work. She said yes. She breeds Yorkies and has 7 dogs of her own, so she said it would be little trouble to take the puppy while I am at work. That way my parents can enjoy their retirement and just love the puppy, not train it. Then when I am not working, I will be home with the puppy and working on his education.

Well, vacation now sounds just absolutely crazy now that I will have 4 dogs. I hated to burden my family with the responsibility. Then just last weekend, my best friend called me and told me that she is going to pet sit to make extra income. I trust her with my pets and it is a perfect solution for me for my future vacations. I don't want my dogs to be something that my family dreads and they say that the dogs really miss me and are not as good when I am not home. So my friend, who has a Corgi named Babe, will pet sit at her own house, when I am out of town.

Everything fell into place. Perfect! And the dogs are loved and with people almost all the time.

4th August 2006, 12:09 AM
Ah but what you don't know is that I let them sit around and watch violent films on tv and eat bad things, smoke and drink alcohol whilst you're not around

Surely not the cavaliers; I always thought only the cats got up to that kind of behaviour... :c*t:

I always laugh quietly to myself when friends with lots of kids say things like, "Well, you'd have to consider whether you can manage the vet bills and other costs for another dog." I always want to say, my annual insurance and vet payments for all the dogs will cost less than what you pay for one month's childcare. :x I don't have kids, so what does an extra €170 a year in insurance matter in the scheme of things. :roll:

I just find I do some things with my non-dog owning friends, and other things with my dogs AND my friends and their dogs. :)

4th August 2006, 12:10 AM
Charleen you arrangements sound like heaven - except I can't spend more than an hour in my mothers company without her sparking a huge row with someone in my family :roll:

I have a wonderful dog sitter though - Auntie Alison - all care comes free and I know my babies get just as many cuddles at hers as they do at home :lol:

4th August 2006, 12:14 AM
Then just last weekend, my best friend called me and told me that she is going to pet sit to make extra income.

That's a great situation. I have a similar one for my cats, with my good friend who lives around the corner from me, who is a mature student. He likes the income and for me, it works great -- means the cats stay in my house when I'm away, and my house gets aired and checked daily by Ciaran coming by to mind them. he likes cats but doesn;t want to own one so he gets some pet time, and they all adore him. It has been a perfect set-up as I trust him in the house of course, too. And it only is a 2 minute walk for him to stop in each day.

4th August 2006, 08:40 AM
When i go away my brother comes to stay with my 3, we went to Dorset last week for 4 days, when i came back Lady diddnt even bat an eyelid!!!

4th August 2006, 11:40 AM
Know how you feel Brid. I had a night out with work last night. Only stayed for the meal and came straight home. Everyone in work thinks I'm mad to give up a free night drinking and dancing to come home to my baby.
Maybe I am :badgrin:

4th August 2006, 06:24 PM
We take him with us most of the time. However for a long vacation...we drive 3 1/2 hours to take Brodie to my mom's. I am extremely overprotective...only she takes care of him the way that I do (except he usually comes home with an extra pound or so :sl*p:

The best scenario is to find someone that you can trade with...ie - you take their dog while they're away and vice versa! This is the best scenario but only works if you have 1 or maybe 2 pets.

Good Luck - leaving the baby is always tough!