|Barked: Sat Jan 21, '12 8:30am PST |
|I've never had to board our dogs. Either they went with us on vacation or we had a neighbor/relative take them while we were out of town. But at the end of March, we are planning a trip to visit my parents. I can't bring Luke because 1) my parents live in a small apartment and Luke is big, 2) we would most likely be out sightseeing most of the time, so I couldn't bring Luke around with us anyway. Not sure it would be fair to park him in a small apartment all day while we were out. The neighbors that normally watch our dog are getting a new puppy and will probably have their hands full plus they work all day (not an issue for my previous adult mellow dogs but Luke is still a puppy).
So, I'm thinking about boarding him. My thoughts were he would have playmates and more human interaction this way. Any thoughts on this? How would I go about evaluating a boarding facility? We would most likely be gone for about a week and a half. I can't decide whether boarding would be a better solution for him or not.
My last effort before boarding would be to drive him to my in-laws in West Virginia. My mother-in-law is a dog lover and stays at home so he would have company. She's done it for us before but she knew our previous dogs, they were small, and easy. I just hope Luke isn't too much of a handful for her. He's super sweet, just a very big puppy.
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