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    When you travel...Who watches your pets?

    We have two Bichon's and when we have travel our neighbour takes them in. The best part is our neighbour has two Bichon's as well and they are the brother and sister to our two. We feel comfortable when we travel knowing they are well looked after but we still miss them.

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    Same here!
    our dog and cats love the neighbor more than us.

    We used to have to use a kennel and that caused us constant worry

    Quote Originally Posted by London13 View Post
    We have two Bichon's and when we have travel our neighbour takes them in. The best part is our neighbour has two Bichon's as well and they are the brother and sister to our two. We feel comfortable when we travel knowing they are well looked after but we still miss them.

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    We put a two week fish food slow release thing in the tank and leave.

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    i often wondered how folks with aquariums feed their fish while away (without someone coming in)

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    We put a two week fish food slow release thing in the tank and leave.

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    We leave our lab with her trainer. He is absolutely dog obsessed, has 5 dogs of his own and relates better to dogs then people. While I miss her loads. I know she gets plenty of socialization time with her friends.

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    we always have an issue....4 dogs of our own and 1 that belongs to my nephew. Although he lives in bungalow beside our house he works on the railroad and is gone more than home.
    Last year my sis-in-law stayed and watched them...this year is still up in the air.....she and I had words over her granddaughter and now I think she might refuse to help just because she knows it would throw a wrench into everything !!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    Well, Stanley comes with me when I travel. He loves to go places and is no trouble at all. . . . It almost seems like, if won't go, neither will I. . . Spoiled or what? ?

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    We usually have a house sitter come take care of the dogs, cat, pool, etc . This year was a mess and the sitter was here for a week, but the 2nd week the dogs moved around to different homes & a neighbor came in to feed the cat.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I envy everyone who has such good neighbors! Our neighbors are friendly but very distanced and would not come over to help with anything.

    As we did lots of dog rescue in the past 12 years, we had at one point ten large dogs of our own plus some additional rescue dogs. My sweet DH was kind enough to let me take off for Aruba for one week. He would have agreed to two weeks but I know it was very hard on him.

    We are now down to four large dogs: two Akitas and two German Shepherds. They are separated in pairs as they don't get along with each other. Which makes it harder to have a dog sitter come.

    We recently had a fantastic dog trainer here who helped us to introduce our two Akitas so that they can now be together. He does also boarding but the dogs would have to stay in crates which I don't like.

    I'm also completely against other boarding facilities as sensitive dogs like Akitas or German Shepherds can bloat, being under a lot of stress from being away from home and put into crates or kennels.

    We also heard about a very good professional dog sitter. Their service offers a number of times the dog sitter would come (two, three or four times per day) and we could also choose how long the dog sitter should stay, like only 20 min or up to an hour. Prices are accordingly. But that would also mean, to have a stranger come to our home and spend time with our dogs. I'm very protective over both! LOL And that's part of the dilemma. Maybe I just have to meet those dog sitters in person and go from there. We just recently heard about them.

    The friends we have in the area are all very busy with their own life. The relatives live too far away. And it has to be someone who can handle large dogs.

    We love traveling but with all that said, traveling in the past 12 years has been very limited because of our dogs. But they are also our babies!

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    We're very fortunate that a woman who works with DW (off for school vacation) actually stays with the pugs and the cat for the time we're gone. We know they are well loved and cared for and we have nothing to worry about except getting to happy hour on time! Thanks Donna!!!!

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