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After I finished packing for my trip to Chicago I brought my suitcase downstairs. Apparently Caesar knew that something was up and didn't want me to go anywhere. He jumped right up onto the suitcase and looked so sad.



How could I leave him???

Now this weekend we are going to Jasper for a wedding and have to leave him....with someone else! We've never left him before. My boss offered to take him for the weekend but Caesar likes to eat furniture and dig and he's a great escape artist. He needs constant supervision. (you know what it's like) So I stopped by a kennel last night to see what it was like. I didn't tell them I was coming. This place was recommended by a co-worker, he said it was one of the few places that he would take his dog and it looked really clean. He'll have 3 outside play times a day for 1 1/2 hours each time in a big yard all to himself. They have toys for the dogs to play with in the yard.

Any suggestions? Any comments?
 

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Caesar knows how to work you. He sure is lucky. I had to leave the Bagel for two days last week. I let him out in his backyard on Wednesday morning, filled his food bowl extra full, admonished him he'd have to make it last, checked to make sure he had plenty of water and left. When I can back on Friday he was happy to see me and no worse for the wait. I worry about him more than he worries about me whenever I'm missing! Caeser will be fine!
 

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I had to board Fin for 3 days this past weekend for my brother's wedding. We've been going to this vet since I can remember and I totally trust them. The best part was that when I went to drop him off, a friend of a friend came and took him back. It was so cute, he picked him up like a baby and gave him kisses on the nose. It really assured me that he was going to be taken care of. You did right by checking out the place and it helps that it was recommended. An informed customer is a satisfied one, so good luck!


I too understand what its like to be on constant watch for the sneaky little bugger, he can and will get into everything!
 

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Oh my goodness those photos are enough to stop any dog owner going away!!! However, these hounds survive with the right care, so dont worry too much.
Good luck with your trip.
 

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Beagles have their own language to communicate with us mere mortals. A picture is worth a 1,000. And in this case I think the caption to this one should be

"You reaaaaaaaaaaaaly not leaving are you????" :biglaugh:
 

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What a wonderful picture! I'm sure Caesar will be okay at the kennel - it is good that you checked it out unannounced so you know they are not hiding anything. But it is sooo hard leaving them...

We are also going away this coming weekend and similarly had concerns about what to do with the hounds... we are going to Victoria to help pack up my uncle's house as he is moving into an apartment, and we thought that having all three around while we did that would not be a good idea. The problem is that Popcorn is so terrified of everything and Booker has issues about being left behind (which was an issue with her old owners, so much so that even 7 years later she basically starts to hyperventilate as soon as she sees suitcases and does not calm down until she is in the car, with us, on our way to wherever...). We left all three once but that was when they were going to doggy daycare every day and therefore they simply went there on a Friday and stayed over the weekend until we got back - so it wasn't really an upheaval at all... but they don't go to doggy daycare anymore so that isn't an option.

We came up with what we HOPE is a good solution - we are going to take Moosie with us to Victoria since he is the most laid-back of the three and shouldn't be too underfoot when we are packing up the house. Booker and Popcorn will stay with our good friends whom they know and love - as they are the friends that we go for a long walk with every Sunday morning. Just saying their names gets Booker excited (hyperventilating in a GOOD way!), and I think Popcorn likes them more than she likes us!

Fingers crossed it all works out for us as well as for Caesar!!
 

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We are leaving too. And the Twins will be left outside during the daytime and the neighbors will be bringing them in our house at night. I am off from Thursday until next Wednesday but I may find things to do until Friday afternoon so I don't leave too quick!
 

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we used pet planet doggie spa when we went to Jasper last summer. It was pretty good. we called at all times of the day and they were patient with us nervous parents, but I think next time I will use a pet sitter. That way doggie gets to stay in familiar surroundings and his own smells.
 

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The kennel sounds pretty nice, and since you stopped by unexpectantly it is more truth telling I would think.

I am glad that my mom and dad would be very happy to watch Ginger whenever I need them too (I think because they only have a grandpup and no grand babies yet.) My grandmother has also offered to watch her if I need it. Of course, my parents and grandparents also have a dog. My parents have a black lab who absolutely loves playing with Ginger, but that is the problem. We don't get to sleep much and Ginger is not very good in her crate while we are away when Libby is around. Starting July 2nd we get to watch Libby for a whole week...wish us luck!

It is just hard because Ginger goes back to her puppy peeing in her crate phase when Libby is around, and it takes some time to get her back into her normal routine when Libby leaves.
 

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Caesar certainly got his point across by sitting on top of the suitcases. He is saying "you are not going without me!!" Adorable.

That kennel sounds nice. You should certainly try it and if it works out well you will have a good place for Caesar to stay when you have to go out of town. We use a dog sitter. They have professional dog sitters that will come into your home. You can set them up to come by how ever many times a day you want. Ours offers overnights. Our dog sitter stays over night with ours and then comes back several times during the day to check on them and let them out to go pee.
 

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Well we dropped him off on Friday afternoon, as we were walking out I was holding back the tears and didn't actually cry until we got back into the car. Caesar has got me wrapped around his little paw. I was so excited to pick him up yesturday. We walked over to his kennel and when it opened he ran out and gave us lots of kisses. He did okay. So did I. He got lots of snuggles last night and big, chewy, new, bully stick.
 

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Caesar is lucky to have a loving family like yours.

We try to plan vacations and trips that we can take the "boys" with us on. But it does not always work like that.

We feel very fortunate that both of our dogs abosolutely love going to see their friends at the Vets office where we board them. We always get them a suite so they can stay together. It gives us piece of mind.
 

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Glad to hear you and Caesar both made it through the weekend okay!

Our weekend with Moosie solo went really well too - the girls had a blast with our friends and probably had twice as many walks as we would have given them over the same period of time. They were so exhausted when we picked them up last night that it was all they could do to get up and give us a lovely welcome - but then they scuttled right back to their beds and went back to sleep... and didn't get up this morning until we woke them up!
 

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After leaving him for one weekend Shane doesn't want to leave him again. Shane wants to take Caesar on our honeymoon with us! I guess it depends on how much time off we can take. We are going to Vancouver Island and were going to fly. If we can take some extra time off work maybe we'll drive and take Caesar with us. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Caesar's Mom:
After leaving him for one weekend Shane doesn't want to leave him again. Shane wants to take Caesar on our honeymoon with us! I guess it depends on how much time off we can take. We are going to Vancouver Island and were going to fly. If we can take some extra time off work maybe we'll drive and take Caesar with us. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
Where are you planning on going on Vancouver Island for your honeymoon? If you do decide to take Caesar we've certainly discovered a few great dog-friendly places there over the years in Tofino, Ucluelet and Parksville that we can recommend - and a few others we have heard about but haven't tried out yet... Plus we were at the Empress in Victoria this past weekend with Moosie and that was lovely (although rather pricey - but you only go on your honeymoon once...) They wouldn't let Moose go to afternoon tea at the Empress, though!
 
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