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Roly and Doxie Take a Vacation

Sunday, July 07, 2013

We weren't the only ones to go on vacation last weekend. Normally, Roly and Doxie would sleep over with their little friend Rosie, but since she came down with canine myasthenia gravis, she just doesn't have the long-term stamina she used to. (Don't feel dumb. I didn't know what HUMAN myasthenia gravis was, let alone that dogs got it. The good news is that it can be controlled with inexpensive medication.) So, we had a few tense, embarrassed moments in which I asked Gilda if the girls could stay with them; she hemmed and hawed, clearly uncomfortable with saying yes; and I just decided to hunt for a boarding kennel, claiming that it would be a good thing for them, even though I felt awful about it.

My first attempt was a local place called Camp Bow Wow, which features separate "cabins" for your "little campers"; a "fireside treat" every night (hopefully not a wiener roast, thinks I); and Camper Cams and an app that allow you to spy on your camper while you're supposed to be off enjoying your vacation. All that cutesiness, combined with the three-hour interview, the twelve-page application form, and the requirement that your little camper get along swimmingly with all other dogs and people, put me off just a bit.

The largest, most glaringly Old Florida of the local pet boarding ads in the Yellow Pages was for Adorable Dogs Pet Motel, which has been in business for over 30 years, has owners living on site, and promises to keep your pet safe, clean, and happy. I insisted that we go and inspect the joint before committing to it. Bill's stance was "They're just dogs. They'll be fine."

We drove down a local country road and came upon this pink edifice with poodle statuary out front at its big, pink, concrete entrance gates, and a big red heart that read "Adorable Dogs." I don't see our girls as little divas, but really, whose heart wouldn't melt over this Disney World for Dogs?

The lady who greeted us won me over when she said that she had dachshunds at home. Even better, they wouldn't have to even try to get along with anyone else, because they'd have a private kennel, a private run, and a grassy area for limited play with other dogs. That sounded about right to me.

When the day came to drop them off, Bill had our friend Paula and I bring them in, because, even though they're just dogs, he couldn't bear to. And, when time came to pick them up again, he did the honors and became their instant hero.

They came home freshly bathed, manicured, and better housebroken than when they left, with only a case of the sniffles.
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    I've been trying to read this for days and glad i finally did! It was cute and funny and brought a smile to my face. i really enjoy it! glad they had a good time and are better housebroken than when you left them.
    1684 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Good looking dogs.
    1687 days ago
    I've only had to leave a dog in a kennel once and that was run in tandem with my vets office, so it was people we knew and trusted. Older female dog who couldn't go long hours in between pet sitter visits. She was treated like the Grand old Dame that she was. She couldn't mix with other dogs, but they gave her a special place in the office so that she could hang out with them when not out in the yard.
    Funny how the person who picks them up is always the hero, huh? I bet they had a great time. I also bet they were very glad to see you both.
    1690 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Very cool! That was very smart of you to give the places a good look over. Sounds like you got this best one for sure! Big bonus that the owner had the same type of dog! Love the photos!! Poor Rosie, didn't know they could get that disease although they do get a lot of human illnesses. This is unfortunately why pharmacy companies like to use dogs to test their new medications out on :((
    At least now if you travel you will have a great place to board them!
    1691 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Too cute. My mom's little baby just loves his 'babysitter' when they go away
    1691 days ago
  • GABY1948
    THANK you for the blog on them! I had worried...and, I'm so glad Bill was only being "a man" John is like that but he was more protective of our 3 than I ever thought of being...and to me they are not dogs but "babies"...I never called them dogs at any time. I loved how you said though, "I never thought of them as little divas" LOL...anyway glad you are home with them and they are all happy with their "hero" Bill!

    Have a great week, Susie!
    1692 days ago
    Aaaaw! Cute!
    1692 days ago
    I would have hated to put my pets in a kennel too since a friend of mine had her dog die in one while she was on vacation. She blamed the kennel. In defense of the place, the dog was really old. I'm sure being left was very stressful on a dog that age who was not in good health.

    Bill's statement cracked me up. I'm sure many men would have made such a comment but, like him, they don't actually mean it. My FL griped about their cat all the time but was constantly waiting on it and doing things for it. LOL.

    It sounds like you found a really good place. I appreciate places that have been in business that long - they know what they are doing. And as far as a dog getting along with ALL other dogs - is that possible? LOL. There are dogs and breeds that routinely don't get along with other dogs.

    Do the think the dogs enjoyed being there? Did they end up with pink toenails? LOL.
    1692 days ago
  • RD03875
    Sounds like they had a good vacation too!
    1692 days ago
    So glad you found a good place for your furkids! We used to board our cats with the vet, because one had chronic issues (he has since passed). Even so, the experience so traumatized them that we finally decided to use a pet sitter. Easier for cats, I know, but we're on our second one, and this one specializes in dog care, though they are happy to care for cats, too.
    1692 days ago
    Nice blog, so good to find somewhere you can trust your pets to. We have just put Missy and Merlin in the cattery for 12 days but knew all would be well as I had used them for years with my old cat Zed.
    Hope they did not come out having a pink rinse and hair bows
    1692 days ago
    Great to have found a place that you know they'll love and spoil your "babies" almost as much as you do!
    1692 days ago
    Knowing your babies are safe and well tended makes vacation so much easier. Glad you found a good place!
    1692 days ago
    Glad you found an acceptable place for your little ones. My son and his wife left Oscar their Dachshund (English Cream) with me for three days. We made it, but I'm not used to a needy dog so both Oscar and Bonne maman were tired when Steven & Kim came to get him.
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    1692 days ago
    That is awesome! emoticon
    1692 days ago
    Great that you found a place all were comfortable with; that's priceless. I don't go much and so far have been able to have someone housesit for what a kennel would cost just for Sugar. It's a comfort for me for the girls to be able to stay at home; but I'd still like a good kennel for a back up. Certainly looks like you've found a gem!
    1692 days ago
  • DR1939
    Our dog died 10 years ago but for year we took her to a kennel in the country. They had horses and children and she loved it there. When we turned down the road that went to the kennel she got very excited. She was allowed out of her run to play with the children. When we boarded our cat they stayed in the same run. They were good friends and it helped the cat to settle down. When Cady died we called the kennel to let them know.
    1692 days ago
    awwwwwwwwwww so cute!
    1692 days ago
    Awww, love it!!! It was always hard to leave our little ones, too!!! Then they just got too old and we have a neighbor girl come in and take care of poor ole' Ernie.
    1693 days ago
    Aw, how sweet! And cute pictures.
    1693 days ago
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