Last year, Fred hopped in his owners car and enjoyed the ride until the car parked in front of an unfamiliar dog boarding facility and then his owner walked him through the front door, said goodbye, and promised to return soon.
Since Fred is a social, lovable dog his owners thought their pooch would have make plenty of doggy and human friends during his weekend stay but that was not the case. Instead, Fred secluded himself from the other dogs, barely ate or drank, and came down with a case of diarrhea. Fred's personality changed from happy-go-lucky to depressed and by the time his owners picked him up on Sunday night they barely recognized him. They were sure Fred would perk up by the time they arrived at home but that was not the case. Instead, Fred hung his head down low, barely touched his food, and was not interested in going for walks.
After two days of this strange behavior, Fred was examined at the vet's office where he received medication for his stomach virus and a recommended diet of chicken and rice until his stomach settled. Needless to say, Fred taught his owners a valuable lesson: some dogs do not thrive in kennels and prefer in-home boarding instead.
And that is how Fred ended up in our kitchen last weekend! We weren't sure how he would adjust to in-home boarding but he soon settled ....
on his pet sitter's bed
and in his other pet sitter's lap
and in his pet sitter's car
and on his three-time-a-day walks in the neighborhood!
I am happy to say that by the time his owners arrived for pick-up Fred hopped in the car and thanked them for his stress-free in-home boarding experience and he can't wait to visit us again!
Where do your pets go when you vacation? Are they boarded at a daycare? Does a pet sitter visit them in their own home? Do they stay at a friend or relative's home? What type of personality does your pet display when you return?