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    When we first moved to Florida we had 3 months to find an acceptable kennel for Belle our cockapoo. We knew a young woman who we could trust to come in and care for the cats.......food, water, litter and play........20 min a day for 2 weeks. Belle, however was an issue. So, we found what we thought was a wonderful place and it was $40 a day OUCH. Belle would have a suite and we'd be allowed to have her own food and they said she'd be taken out for play time and potty time 5x a day. Also too there was a "webcam" for her suite.
    We did not have internet over that 2 week period so we could not check on the webcam.
    However, a "friend" in MA, daily would report in to me of just "how awful and how depressed" my poor dog was.
    This person called the kennel as did i, numerous times.
    There was great worry.
    So, we get home, pick up the dog and the kennel place was FURIOUS that my "friend" and I called and harassed them.
    They then said "you are done here". I told them i was sorry that they felt harassed, but they needed to "Go to Hell"
    Belle weighed 7 lbs less when we picked her up then when she was dropped off. (Her usual weight is 22 lbs so the weight loss was huge for her) Our vet fees when we returned, for our dog to get well cost us over $500.
    Now fast forward to now...........Annette, our 80 yr old neighbor, fell iin love with Belle and vice versa.
    Belle spends vacations at Annette's house and numerous play dates.
    Paul and i could be out shopping, come home to find a note on our kitchen counter that says......"Belle with me on a playdate xo Annette"

    Everyone needs a pet sitter friend like Annette.
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    Does Annette has a sister we could borrow?

    Bravo on your response to this dog kennel! Thank goodness for your friend who kept an eye on Belle and alerted you.

    I know of at least two incidents (at different times, different countries) where a Great Dane and an Akita bloated and died in a kennel from being anxious, stressed out while their owners were on a vacation. The owners were heartbroken after they return and learning about the passing of their beloved pets.

    IMO, pets like it better if they can stay at their home. Unless, like in Bella's case they have a love affair with Annette. Or, they are really used being boarded and love it there.

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    There are dog friendly hotels, resorts and rental properties. Has anyone considered bringing the dogs(or cats) along?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    There are dog friendly hotels, resorts and rental properties. Has anyone considered bringing the dogs(or cats) along?
    Yes. We did it in the past when we had our first German Shepherd. We bought a large Van where she could comfortable travel with us. There are dog-friendly hotels, I cannot remember if they charged for our dog. With restaurants it's complicated as they do not allow dogs inside. We bought food and at it most of the time outside, having our dog with us. We would NOT leave her in the van as it can get dangerously hot in a vehicle.

    Now, with four large dogs who do not get along it's difficult. My DH is talking about buying a RV and taking all four dogs. But I believe, it's not realistic and will be very stressful, just keeping the dogs apart and handling them. He is not so healthy. I would be worried that they get into a fight. There is also the risk they one or more escape. I'm just very worried. In our case, I believe, hiring a dog sitter would be the saver way to go.


    ETA: Did you mean if someone brings their dog(s) to Aruba for a vacation? It just crossed my mind.
    In our case: Impossible. Just the travel time and nowadays at least two stops would be way too much for our dogs. I don't know about the required paperwork to get a dog to Aruba ~ and then, to bring the dog back to the US.
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    Forum member arubabeachboy (rip) brought his dog for 3 mos to aruba at Amsterdam Manor

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    R.I.P. Arubabeachboy ~ You were such a gentle soul.

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    It's amazing that he could bring his dog to Aruba for three months. Good to know.

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    One my first or second trip to Aruba I met a young lady and her beautiful longhair German Shepherd at the yacht port in Oranjestad. I was amazed to learn that they were actually living on the yacht! She, her husband and the dog. As it's quite a small place to live, IMO. I cannot remember if they were from Aruba or from another country. I cannot remember her name either. But the dog's name: "Dushi" And the name of the yacht: "Dream catcher".

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    when we had our dog with our three cats, my Stepdaughter would take the dog to her house for two weeks. Then I have a wonderful woman who comes in twice a day and takes care of the cats. she gives my one cat her pill, feeds them, cleans the litter box, gives them their treats, brings in my mail, etc. Many years ago when we first got our dog, we did bring her to a pet hotel for 4 days, she was a mess when we picked her up (by that I mean stressed, not they they were cruel to her or anything). Also it took about two weeks to get her to stop going in the house and basically retrain her. That was the first & last time. It is much easier with cats then dogs to have someone come to the house.

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    Andrea, I'm so sorry that happened to your baby Belle! I can't imagine how I would have reacted!

    Vincep, I think the stress of traveling would be more than my pups could handle, plus I think they would be miserable being stuck in a room all day while we are all out & about - we've thought about how much time we actually spend in the room and figure it wouldn't be fair to the dogs.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Andrea..... Can't help but feel what you lived thru with Belle. I think I would have 'ripped someone's face off! ..... If we had to 'board' our pugs...... we wouldn't be going to Aruba.... Again Donna, thx for caring for our 'kids'....!

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