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Open for discussion: May 31

Posted by laurie on May 31, 2012


16 Responses to “Open for discussion: May 31”

  1. Susan in DE said

    Does anyone take their beagles/other dogs/other pets on vacation with them? For the past several years, we’ve rented houses in the Outer Banks, NC that allow pets, and have taken Josie and Jordan with us, with great success. Granted, we bring along accident clean-up materials because Josie still really isn’t 100% housetrained (no doggy door at the beach!), but otherwise it’s been great. They’re both good in the car, and as long as we plan activities where we don’t leave them for more than about 4 hours at a time, all is well. The other day there was a discussion about beagles and swimming/water, neither of our two like it — and they both do not like the beach. Nothing good to smell, and I won’t let them eat dead jellyfish. ;->

  2. Kramer and Gandolf's mom, Kate said

    We’ve taken our guys on vacation too, and I love it. We’ve rented houses through Vacation Rental By Owner ( I believe) and have had great luck. I enjoy the time spent with them, and also that we don’t have to worry about them. It works well. 🙂

  3. We also take our guys on vacation. We don’t trust kennels and we’re too OCD when it comes to their safety to leave them with friends or family. We would love to leave them with one of the grown children, but we’re always afraid of open doors that lead to the street. The one time I had to go on a business trip, before living with the partner, I had the dog walker stay at my house and I spent the entire time worrying.

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom, Kate said

      I even had a neighbor, whom we trust very much, stay at our house for 10 days while we were gone, and I worried too, the whole time. Not that the neighbor would do anything wrong, or let anything bad happen to my guys, I just worried – plane and simple. Bringing ’em is easier. 🙂

  4. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    Ugh. Vacations. We either take them with us and they drive us crazy the whole time, or we leave them with our friend who dog sits for us and worry the whole time.

    We have a sailboat that we keep on San Francisco bay, and we do take the dogs sailing with us occasionally, but my limit is about 3 days on a 34′ boat with three beagles and a husband.

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom, Kate said

      Wow – you are patient. 🙂 3 days. My husband’s taken Kramer camping, and by the end of the 1st day, he’s barking at the tent door to go lay on his bed. Even if no one is inside. 🙂

      • Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

        That made me giggle out loud. I have a clear mental image of the beagle barking at the door to an empty tent!

  5. We went to a wedding last year- it was a destination wedding – so we went for a week. My son was coming with us, so we couldn’t leave Buddy with him ( not that I quite trust him yet to watch them for a whole week ) I searched and search for a doggie sitter. My neighbor recommened one. She owns two small dogs, and takes other small ones in. Her entire downstairs of her home is set up as a doggie center. She had great refferences and we had to go and meet her and her husband and bring Buddy so that they could ” approve” of us and vice versa. Long story short- Buddy loved it there, playing with her doxies and others and they told us we could call or text or e-mail at any time. They even sent us pictures of them playing and napping. It was quite expensive, but I would use them again, if I had to. It gave me peace of mind that he was being well taken care of. Now that I have two – I probably won’t be able to afford a vacation – plus pet boarding.

    I think that we should set up some sort of co-op of people that live in the same areas – so that we can doggie sit for each other. At least we would know that the person sitting with them knows how quirkie beagles can be. 🙂

  6. Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    Before we had JB in 2004, we used to visit the US twice a year (Florida, Hawaii, California, Arizona) and when we got our adorable puppy we said we’d continue to do that and he’d go in kennels. Well, when he was three months old we rented a cottage in the New Forest (Hampshire, southern England) and he was so good. No poop or pee accidents and he loved all the new places and experiences. So ever since then, rather than visiting the US twice a year, we’ve rented a cottage twice a year. We’ve been all over England and Wales and have loved having JB, and now Cassie, with us. They’ve never damaged anything and they so love the countryside and beaches – all those new sniffs! However they go mad with excitement when we come home, so they obviously love their home too!

  7. Scooby's Mom said

    When we went on a hot holiday Scooby stayed at home and his Aunty moved in to our house to take care of him. That way he is still comfortable in his own home. But the last 2 years Scooby’s Aunty came with us on our vacation, so we drove 5 hours to Scooby’s Grandma’s and arranged for our flights to leave/arrive out of her city instead. He is comfortable in their house as we stay there probably 3 weeks of the year. And they get to bond! When we get back he is known as Grandma’s little suck.

    The only other holiday we take is camping and we always go to a dog-friendly campground. By day 2 he is exhausted of chasing squirrels and scratches at the tent door (even though nobody’s inside the tent to let him in) so he can nap in his kennel all day. He’s such a silly guy sometimes!

  8. Nancy J said

    What’s a vacation?

  9. Gretchen Kasch said

    My beagle gets car sick,so car trips for her aren’t fun. She really doesn’t seem to happy when she is on vacation. She doesn’t seem to be able to relax. I think, it is because she is old (14years) and would much rather stay at home with my friend who dog sits for me. We use to take her to the beach,but she prefers
    to stay at home and hang out in her yard.

  10. My Holly got car sick too- when I had her in the crate in the back seat when we brought her home after adopting and when we went to beagle fest. When coming home from beagle fest – I held her on my lap and she loved looking around and was fine. Maybe she just needed to be able to see out. Who knows. I agree with you Gretchen – once a person – or dog reaches a certian age – they just want to stay home and relax in familiar surroundings.

    • Tuckers Dad said

      Our Yuki gets car sick so we bought a car booster seat for her so she can see out. We got one for Niko too since she loves to look out the window. So I drive, Yuki gets the shotgun position so she can see out the front window, my wife sits in back with Tucker and Niko. We also give Yuki dramamine. We have never tries this setup for more than an hour drive. We are scared to because after an hour Yuki starts to look green even with all our precautions. At least she isn’t barfing in the car anymore.

  11. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    We tried one vacation with the beags when they were about 10 months old. It didn’t work so well. We were renting a place in Niagara Falls, ON with my parents. Dad wasn’t yet used to dogs and wasn’t watching when he went through the door, so Cobalt got out and went running towards this busy street. Fortunately, our apartment was on the 2nd floor and there were open stairs leading down. He didn’t like open stairs so he stopped. I swear my heart stopped! Plus, the entire trip to Niagara Falls (9 hours) Cobalt whined in the car. Then Onyx barked to tell us he was upset. We both had a migraine before we left Ohio.

    I am very lucky though. I travel a couple of times a year back to NY to visit my family. Erich does not like to travel. So the dogs stay home, where they are comfortable, and are with Erich the whole time. They are a little mopey because the whole pack isn’t together, but I really don’t have to worry about them. I do wish Erich would go with me sometimes, but I don’t push it- it works out the way it should.

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