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    Just wondering how some of you handle vacations that your bully's can't join you on. Do you board them? Hire a pet sitter? Hope a trusted family member/friend will watch them? We're taking a vacation in May of this year that requires flying, so no Ellie to join us. In the past, we've boarded with our vet, but I'm just curious what others do if they can't take their pups with them. Should anything come up health wise, I feel more comfortable about her being at the vets office, but I know that she'll be kenneled a large portion of the day. Even though my parents live down the road in the same subdivision, they're getting older and they're used to the pulling strength of a 5lb Yorkie and not a 33lb bully. There's also a "dog gym" that offers boarding, but I'm not sure if I like their arrangements as you bring your own crate and the dogs are all in one big room. Thanks for any input.
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    After many years of boarding..we have lately used a pet sitter. And it is sooo much better. At least for us. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats and everyone gets to stay at home. A wonderful gal that used to work at my vets started her own petsitting business a few years ago and while not cheap..I know she knows what to do if anyone gets sick and I feel perfectly comfortable with her in my home. One thing I always do..is leave my credit card info at my vets if needed. But..I am sure they would treat my critters even if I didn't. It is such a hard decision and honestly, I hate leaving my animals...

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    Good idea about leaving c.card info at vet, Becky. I haven't vacationed yet w/out my boys but I plan to use a pet sitter also when I go on an extended trip. I go thru a local pet sitting agency.




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    I am super lucky, my very close friends are the breeder of Diesel & Molly and we have an arrangement that if I have to go out of town and can't take them with me they will babysit them for me. I've only left them once and although it was pretty rough on Diesel, he cried the whole time I was gone (2 days) and nothing they tried could make him happy but I'm positive it was WAY harder on me then them!!!
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    I'm not sure what we'll do now that we've moved!! We had several dear friends that used to fight over who'd watch them if we had to leave them behind, last summer we split them up to be watched for a week and they did fine. This summer I will be making 2 3-day weekend trips to fly my kids back and forth to AZ to visit family for the summer and hubby works very long hours here at Navy bootcamp so I'm not sure what we'll do. I will most likely board them but will definitely search around for the best place. We'll most likely fly out of Milwaukee's airport so I don't have to deal with Chicago's traffic and it's the same distance but if I have to board them closer to the city then that's fine with me if they get the best care. Ugh, my tummy hurts just thinking about it. It double sucks since the kids will be staying behind for a couple months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybully View Post
    I'm not sure what we'll do now that we've moved!! We had several dear friends that used to fight over who'd watch them if we had to leave them behind, last summer we split them up to be watched for a week and they did fine. This summer I will be making 2 3-day weekend trips to fly my kids back and forth to AZ to visit family for the summer and hubby works very long hours here at Navy bootcamp so I'm not sure what we'll do. I will most likely board them but will definitely search around for the best place. We'll most likely fly out of Milwaukee's airport so I don't have to deal with Chicago's traffic and it's the same distance but if I have to board them closer to the city then that's fine with me if they get the best care. Ugh, my tummy hurts just thinking about it. It double sucks since the kids will be staying behind for a couple months.

    Maybe @BruceP knows of a good place to board..He is in Milwaukee. I know just how your tummy feels. And may I say Arizona in the summer?? LOL...prepare your kids!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    Maybe @BruceP knows of a good place to board..He is in Milwaukee. I know just how your tummy feels. And may I say Arizona in the summer?? LOL...prepare your kids!!
    Hey, hey!! We prefer to spend our summers in AZ. It's a dry heat. No, really, it's not bad at all and we're used to it anyway. I'm from a really small town in AZ so I grew up in the desert and it's not bad at all. The bullies got to go there this summer when we were moving from WA to IL and they didn't like it too much. Had to stay in their kennels all day with the fans on them and only got to play at night or in the kiddie pool during the day. But yes, I'll have to ask Bruce P. if he's used any kennels or knows any. I've joined (or at least tried, membership pending) the Milwaukee bully group he told me about so I'll hope to get lots of opinions by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybully View Post
    Hey, hey!! We prefer to spend our summers in AZ. It's a dry heat. No, really, it's not bad at all and we're used to it anyway. I'm from a really small town in AZ so I grew up in the desert and it's not bad at all. The bullies got to go there this summer when we were moving from WA to IL and they didn't like it too much. Had to stay in their kennels all day with the fans on them and only got to play at night or in the kiddie pool during the day. But yes, I'll have to ask Bruce P. if he's used any kennels or knows any. I've joined (or at least tried, membership pending) the Milwaukee bully group he told me about so I'll hope to get lots of opinions by then.

    Ohhhhh.. ya..the DRY heat!!! I am such a weenie! I hate the heat and I have been known to use Jake as an excuse! :shhhh: But...I know many love it.

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    @JAKEISGREAT, well I hate the heat as well but it's better than a humid heat. I hate the heat most like due to being raised in the desert. I love, love, loved and still do WA. I lived on Whidbey Island about 2.5 hours north of Seattle and it rained almost everyday and i loved it. I miss it sooooo much.

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    I usually board Tipsy at Petsmart or Barkleys. She likes the staff there and they have vet right in the facilities just in case. For longer trips, I either take her with me and stay at pet friendly lodging or get a friend to bullysit.

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    I moved from AZ a little over a year ago and hated the heat! I usually board Lola with her vet if I need to because I figure she is safe there because they have someone there 24/7 because they are an animal ER as well! I love the staff their!

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    We like to put Winston in Doggy Day Care. It's a little expensive, but not too bad and we just include it in our vacation budget. It's like a minivacation for him too, as he gets to spend all day playing with other doggies in a controlled environment, and he loves the staff there very much. We will also take him there for just a play session once in a while, when we seriously need to work out some of his energy. He's always tired out when we pick him up, he's always happy to go there, and he's always delighted to see us again when we pick him up. It's a win/win for all of us.

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