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    Going to Aruba? Parents? children? pets? other?

    When going to Aruba, what additional planning do you have to do re:
    • leaving children at home with a caregiver?
    • leaving elderly parent(s) at home?
    • care for pets?
    • any other extraordinary circumstance?


    In the age of internet and instant communications, traveling is so much easier when we have to leave loved ones and giant responsibilities at home.

    In the late 1990s - 2004 both of my parents were incredibly ill. My Dad had post polio syndrome and was on a vent ...hospital level of care 1997 - 2001 and my mom had Alzheimer disease and was in an assisted living and then nursing home.
    When we traveled during those years it was very difficult to be in touch. I would have to buy a special SETAR card and use a special phone to make calls 2x a day to check especially on my Dad. Sure I had email then but the people that I needed to communicate with did not use email.

    So, what kind of things do you have to "take care of" before you leave for Aruba?
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    Pets! And that's a whole new issue for us next visit since our regular 'sitter' is no longer available. We're already checking boarding venues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Pets! And that's a whole new issue for us next visit since our regular 'sitter' is no longer available. We're already checking boarding venues.
    Chuck, we had to leave Maddy at a new resort as our favorite one closed. We left her at Secret Garden Pet Resort in East Bridgwater. Not sure how far out of the way it would be for you. When we got home from dropping her off they texted me to say she was all settled in and making friends and she included a photo. It made me feel better. They have a Facebook page

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Chuck, we had to leave Maddy at a new resort as our favorite one closed. We left her at Secret Garden Pet Resort in East Bridgwater. Not sure how far out of the way it would be for you. When we got home from dropping her off they texted me to say she was all settled in and making friends and she included a photo. It made me feel better. They have a Facebook page
    OK.... worth looking into since we're closer to it than you are!.... and thanks tons! Now get on your favorite winning machine!
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    Leaving my elderly parents was a little stressful. Every time we would get back to the room I would always look at the phone to see if the light was flashing. Just a little paranoid I guess. When my mom passed we had just got home from a weeks vacation in Cuba. When we got home 2 hours later we were driving to be with my dad because my mom had passed. We just talked with her at the nursing home to tell her we were home. Maybe she waited to make sure we were okay before she passed. My dad 3 years later had passed a week before we were to leave for Aruba. In away if was a bit of a relief but sad also that my dad wasnt suffering anymore and he was with my mom. What was ironic is we were at a funeral earlier in the day.
    Our dogs are in good hands with our neighbours who just happen to have the siblings of our two. It’s like a family reunion. We still miss them dearly even though they are well taken care of.
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    We have a dog who we have to find someone to take. We used to leave it with Hubs uncle and wife but one time they were not available and we left him at a highly recommended kennel- he has been a mess since. He barks the whole time you are getting his meal ready and we have not been able to break him of this habit since. They claimed he wouldn’t eat for them for a few days - I think the kennel stressed him out,he just isn’t a kennel dog. We are scheduled to leave shortly( fingers crossed Hubs doesn’t change his mind),Uncle Paul recently passed away so my friend is going to take him to her condo. We also have a cat who gets fed and litter scooped from a cousin who lives nearby. She (the cat) is elderly and I am hoping she doesn’t pass away while we are gone. These 2 are the last animals we will probably ever have because we want to be free to travel. But then again a house is really not home without a dog….
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    I actually just emailed the pet sitter company that we are going to use for our dog while my sons are with us in Aruba. Normally, my sons are the dog sitter but since they will be coming this time for a week, we need to use a pet sitter that we used 3 years ago when my boys were with us in Montana. We had tried a kennel once with our dog (Milo), but like Jayshea said, Milo is not a kennel dog. He got kennel cough (despite being vaccinated) and we had to get him to the vet for that and it took him several weeks to get back to somewhat "normal". It was too rough on him and in turn, too rough on me to see him like that. This is adding an extra layer of stress for me that I am trying to remain calm over. I just have to keep remining myself that he will be at home, where he is comfortable and the worst he will do is pee on the carpet. Since we are about to start remodeling our house and all the carpet is getting torn out, maybe it's just not that big of a deal... maybe. LOL.
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    Hoping to return in Feb but have not booked yet. We adopted Tom from Sargent Peppers this past January and we have had major issues with aggression. We were told by 2 trainers he was untrainable and to send him back to Aruba. I remained hopeful. We were asked to leave one doggy daycare center. Continued to remain hopeful. Found a new trainer who is a dog behavior specialist and had many many many sessions and a new doggy daycare with additional training... fast forward and $3000.00 + in training ... everything is working out. He is on his way to being a sweet boy Now, do I book a vacation and board Tom....I don't want him to regress. Although, I could go solo and leave Tom and daddy
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    OMG
    what an emotional and expensive undertaking.

    good luck and I hope that the decision is easy and the right one.
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    Hoping to return in Feb but have not booked yet. We adopted Tom from Sargent Peppers this past January and we have had major issues with aggression. We were told by 2 trainers he was untrainable and to send him back to Aruba. I remained hopeful. We were asked to leave one doggy daycare center. Continued to remain hopeful. Found a new trainer who is a dog behavior specialist and had many many many sessions and a new doggy daycare with additional training... fast forward and $3000.00 + in training ... everything is working out. He is on his way to being a sweet boy Now, do I book a vacation and board Tom....I don't want him to regress. Although, I could go solo and leave Tom and daddy
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    Quote Originally Posted by YiaYia1983 View Post
    Hoping to return in Feb but have not booked yet. We adopted Tom from Sargent Peppers this past January and we have had major issues with aggression. We were told by 2 trainers he was untrainable and to send him back to Aruba. I remained hopeful. We were asked to leave one doggy daycare center. Continued to remain hopeful. Found a new trainer who is a dog behavior specialist and had many many many sessions and a new doggy daycare with additional training... fast forward and $3000.00 + in training ... everything is working out. He is on his way to being a sweet boy Now, do I book a vacation and board Tom....I don't want him to regress. Although, I could go solo and leave Tom and daddy
    That is a really tough decision and one I don’t envy. Hope everything works out!

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