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Leave Pets at Home When Traveling

Recently, we had a family emergency and had to travel out of state on a moment's notice. We didn't know how long we would need to be gone so we brought our dog, Honey. This turned out to be a mistake. It was difficult to find a cheap hotel that allowed pets and it was too hot for her to stay in our car. We wound up taking turns caring for her, which was a distraction from the purpose of our visit.

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When we later visited our relatives in the area, Honey continued to be a nuisance. Although it had been fine when we had visited with Honey in the past, this time was different. The resident dogs were very concerned about her and barked the entire visit. The cats were terrified. It added stress to an already stressful situation. I wished that I had arranged for someone to watch her at home so I could concentrate on the family who needed my attention.

We always bring Honey when we hike, camp, and go to the beach. When we go out of town on vacation, we have Honey boarded at a local kennel and doggie daycare. She obviously loves it there and gets excited when we turn into the parking lot. She has lots of time to play with the other dogs and a safe place to doze. They will also groom her for a small fee so that you return to a nice clean dog. At the end of the stay, they send me pictures of her playing. It is an additional expense but we consider it a cost of traveling.

Here is a picture of Honey from the kennel. She is the Chow Chow in the middle and I can tell she is happy by her expression and tail.

Another more frugal option would be to ask a friend or relative to watch the pets for you, preferably at your home. This is ideal for people with more than one pet or for pets who do better in their normal surroundings. Your house sitter can also collect the mail, water plants and keep the home from looking deserted. Just be sure to tell your neighbors so they don't worry.

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August 31, 20160 found this helpful

We have cats and have never taken them on vacation with us. We usually ask a neighbor and we do the same for them in return. We have now "interviewed" our 8 year old neighbor boy for the job of taking care of our cats. He was excited to be making some money and his parents are excited about showing him how to earn money!

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

Why would anyone bring cats on a vacation? Cats are notoriously poor travelers and have a tendency to get anxious, nervous and very upset when taken suddenly from their everyday environment and thrust into a foreign environment. Most cats don't board well either...it's best to leave them at home and have someone look in on them occasionally. Felines are typically fiercely independent creatures of habit...don't ruin their life or your vacation...leave the cat at home.

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August 31, 20160 found this helpful

I brought my pit and Lhasa-yorkie from Nevada to Maine, well-behaved, stayed in motel 6, no problems at all. Perhaps a bit of training would help.

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

Ha Ha Ha

When I saw the small picture on the front page, I first thought it was your living room. I said to myself, 'I'm sure Jess loves animals, but I think the girl is over doing it just a bit'.

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