|Barked: Sun Aug 8, '10 12:01pm PST |
|ETA: Hi all!
My dogster account has fleas and I am not able to post responses on some threads, this being one of them - so I have been reading, but just not able to respond! Until the fleas are fixed, though, I can't really respond except by editing my first post, bol!
I want to say THANK YOU so much for the advice and opinions - we really need a secure boarding place, and I think I have found one. We don't want to go the petsitter route for a variety of reasons, the main one being Luka. He is very scared and anxious in any new place, so travelling with him would not be enjoyable for him or us. He really only feels safe when I am with him and he is in a comfort zone area. He is ok home with Kiona and Indy when we are not there (like at work), but NOT ok even if we are home with him if there are strangers over.
We are going to keep researching places and visiting places and we'll let you know with what we decide. Thank woooo!
Well, the time has finally come... my husband and I are going to be disowned by our families if we don't visit them soon. In the past, we lived in the same state as my in-laws so the dogs could visit with us, and when we visited my family we left our dogs with my in-laws. But now we live in Oregon, and need to find somewhere we can board the dogs while we are gone.
Last winter we tried to go away and left a carefully trained housesitter (a good friend of mine) - in one day Luka escaped out of the door and would not come back, we had to fly home after one night gone. We were very scared for our boy, but we got him back safely.
I don't share about it much but Luka is incredibly skittish - as in, strangers cannot touch him, or even get near him, without him running away. We are so scared of hime getting loose again, and he is even freaked out in the house when family members stay over. So, we are not comfortable getting a housesitter.
We need to find a secure boarding facility for them while we are gone. We know Kiona and Indy would do fine with a housesitter, or staying with trusted friends, but the fact of the matter is Luka is too skittish and shy to be safe in those sorts of situations. So, we need to find the safest, most comfortable facility to board them at together.
I have not boarded anyone since Kiona was a puppy, so I have NO idea what I should look for, and am really unsure and nervous about finding a place. So, I need help... we are willing to drive several hours in each direction for a good kennel, and rates are not a factor.
We know we want indoor/outdoor runs where ideally, Kiona and Luka can be boarded together (they love each other), and Indy, too, if 3 the kennel is big enough. If not, we want them next to each other, but Kiona and Luka HAVE to be together.
We'd also really like places that have exercise runs for Indy and Kiona, but that are alright with leaving Luka in the kennel. We just don't want to risk it.
Are boarding kennels supposed to be certified by anyone?
What should we look for in the kennel staff?
What sort of questions should I ask the facility?
What should I look for when we visit?
Is it pointless to try to find places with softer flooring than concrete?
Mainly, I want somewhere secure, safe, clean, comfortable, and as stress-free as possible for our babies.
Help please! I am so nervous about finding somewhere for my babies.
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