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Where do your pets stay while you are traveling?

Apr 9th, 2003, 11:20 AM
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We have 2 cats that we "rescued" from death row. In the past we have been lucky to have nieces or nephews in college that were great house sitters. I just could not board them for an extended period of time because Vino is the epitome of a scaredy cat. The last time he had to stay overnight, they said he hid under the blanket the whole time.

Even with house sitters, he hides in my closet while they are there. This is the same cat that lives on my lap when I am home! I'm having a neighbor stop in daily this year to lessen his fears (no, no spoiled cats in our house!).

When we get back after 2 weeks, the female cat, Amelia, pouts and plays hard to get for about an hour. Vino sniffs our luggage and plops down on my feet so that I can pet him.

They both sleep in our bed for about 3 days after we get back, practically on top of me. After the 3 days, we are once more taken for granted.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 11:52 AM
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I found my dog at the museum. really. I had a 7 year old dog (adopted as a stray from a shelter 6 years earlier). I was taking a lunch time walk during the work day, and decided to spenmt a few minutes at the state museum doown th street. There was a ruckus--this beautiful young adult dog was trying to get in. i called the pound and sked them to pick up this wonderful dog that surely someone must want. I mysel;f needed another dog like a hole in the head. i couldn't get this dog out of my mind after playing with her for 45 minutes and having her follow me back to my office, only to lose her when she became imptient as i waited around to tell someone to pass the word that i needed to take some hours off in the afyernoon to deal with a dog. i searched for her afte work and on the weekend. Next week I called the poung. a dog fitting her description was there. i visited her, made the pound promise not to kill her, and promised i'd take her and find a home for her if no one claimed her by execution day. I found a home for her. hah. the rest is history. It is now 8 years later.

Moral of the story: Take a walk and go to the museum at lunch time if you like dogs.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 12:26 PM
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I have two parrots and a cat (all of whom get along just fine - at times I think my cat thinks she's a bird...) when I go away its usually for a month during the summer and the three of them get dropped off at my parents (though every time I get home my dad has taught one or both of the birds a nasty word or phrase...you know so they can tell me what they think of me when I get back...
If my parents can't take them I usually have a friend who is willing to house sit and she spends alot of time with the animals - and doesn't teach them nasty words or habits!!!
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Apr 9th, 2003, 12:31 PM
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My in-laws get the dog. He's more spoiled there than at home. In fact,they were sooo kind that they took off a day of work to take the dog to his vet about 50 miles away as he had developed some serious medical issues shortly before we left for our last trip.
My parents come in to take care of the cat. This time we had a young woman spend some nights as well since the cat is very social.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 12:34 PM
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I think alot of us didn't really pick our pet as much as they picked us. My dog was an abused dog that I accidently encountered. My cat(now in the big sand box in the sky)was living with an elderly gentleman next door and visited my cat, usually to start a fight, and it was always injured and allowed me to put something on his bruises so they didn't get infected. When the old guy died 'black Stuff"just moved in with us as an unwritten agreement.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 12:48 PM
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Both our children are married with families (children and dogs and cats)and live about 1 and a half hours away. They are both happy to keep our little pup while we travel, and we love keeping their big boys- a yellow lab, a golden retriever, and a big black dog. Since we live in a small town and have a close-by river camphouse, they have a wonderful time here at the Doggie Spa. Sometimes we're lucky enough to have dogs, cats, AND grandchildren.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 12:54 PM
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cmt, wonderful story and such a good moral, go to the museum!

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Apr 9th, 2003, 01:11 PM
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We have 3 cats and have made a variety of arrangements in the past. Several times we've had houseguests come to stay while we vacationed. They looked after the cats and the house. (We live in Hawaii and so haven't had too much trouble finding volunteer visitors/cat sitters.) Other times a friend has stayed over every other night or so and looked after the house and furbabies. We have also had friends or neighbors just come in daily and look after the cats. Lastly, we've used a pet sitter (hired) a few times when other arrangements weren't possible. I think the cats do better being at home and seem to benefit from as much time with visitors as possible. I guess as last resort we'd board them .
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Apr 9th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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I have a spoiled rotten Cockatiel..I leave him at my parent's whom live about 20 minutes from where I live..If they are not available, I have an actual bird sitter that live's further away but has birds of her own..At time's I cannot find anyone!! I hate leaving him and I worry myself sick while I am gone..Anyone worry about their pet while they are gone??
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Apr 9th, 2003, 01:14 PM
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They(cats) stay at home and the technician from our Vet Clinic visits one or two times a day. We've had some older and sick cats over the years and it's been great to leave them in such capable hands. We now have a young cat who is crazy about her!
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Apr 9th, 2003, 01:43 PM
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EEK! I just re-read my messages. What a mess of typos! I was typing fast and didn't re-read before hitting "post."
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Apr 9th, 2003, 01:49 PM
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That's ok animal lover. As you can see, we focus on our loved paws not on errors here.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 02:18 PM
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Thanks for all of the responses. It makes me feel good to know that many of my fellow Fodorites love animals as much as I do! All three of my little dears were rescues. I hate to think of the "travels" they may have experienced before I was lucky enough to find them. Many people have joked with me that I may just fall in love with Europe and decide not to come home...my animal family is a definite guarantee for my return! They are so precious to me.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 02:56 PM
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I have four rescue dogs at home right now, they are all special to me in their own ways, it is so much fun to deal their own personalities. The one female is the Nurse who wants to take care of the boys.

It is hard to leave them when I go on trips and I do worry about them. After some trips they are the only reason I look forward to coming home. I have a dog sitter come in twice a day to rotate them, the two that were outside in the day come in at night and the other two go out in the yard at night.

When they see the suitcases they start sitting on my feet so I wont leave.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 03:52 PM
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cmt-I think that somewhere it says that people who are true animal lovers, make a lot of typos
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Apr 9th, 2003, 06:32 PM
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We have used a professional pet sitter for our dog the last 5 years. She's local and reliable. Leaving your pet at home is less stressful and you don't have to worry about them catching kennel cough or whatever.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 06:40 PM
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I hire a petsitter who comes twice each day to feed my two house rabbits and change their litter boxes. She leaves a voice-mail message each day reassuring me that the buns are okay. Without her, I'd worry during the whole trip.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 06:40 PM
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itswoody, should the need come for you to board your loved pets, be aware in the good ones, they must have papers, copy of shots for rabies and kennel cough.
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Apr 9th, 2003, 06:41 PM
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Great kennel and my three 80 lb pound puppies stay there!

Really depresses me that any trip I take, that with three dogs, the kennel bill at $50 per day costs me about $800 before I drink the first bottle of wine..but they are our three daughters!

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Apr 9th, 2003, 06:41 PM
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We take our lab to the pet hotel where he where he goes to dogy day camp every day. It cost a ton of money, oh well.
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