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Old 08-09-2013, 04:52 AM
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Our 9 year old 70lb shepherd/lab mix is on her 4th of 5 chemo doses and doing pretty good. In the past we have boarded her with our vet as long as 10 days. My wife doesn't want to board her and I am getting cabin fever.

For those of you who stay in hotels or rental condos with a dog, do you ever leave the animal alone in the room or condo? I'd be concerned a bit of separation anxiety might set in and she'll tear the place apart. If you take her everywhere, is it a pain to find places to eat? Any tips?

Guess I could make her a "service animal" and take her everywhere.
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Not sure if the dog is crate trained, but this is when a crate makes life so much easier. Dog feels like they are at home and will stay out of trouble. Just bring the crate, and you will be fine wherever.

Dogs love their crates!
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:14 AM
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It really depends on the dog. I have traveled with my now 15 year old dog a lot....rental houses, hotels, friends houses....he even lived in a little hotel room suite for 6 weeks when we relocated, he's 50 pounds and had no real issues. Now my newer little dog I would worry about a bit. He is only 2 and tends to get into stuff a bit.....


Both of my dogs hated the crate from day 1.....
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We tried the crate thing when we got her as a 9 month old rescue. It didn't go well. She actually broke through the door cutting herself up pretty good. If we got her as a puppy it would have been different. When we adopted her she was already a mess.
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As an animal lover myself, thumbs up to you. I have 1 rescue dog and 3 rescue cats.
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We just find pet friendly hotels and houses and eat at pet friendly restaurants or do the carry out thing. Do a search on pet friendly lodging and restaurants in the area you want to visit. You may be surprised how many are dog friendly, especially in Florida.
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We just find pet friendly hotels and houses and eat at pet friendly restaurants or do the carry out thing. Do a search on pet friendly lodging and restaurants in the area you want to visit. You may be surprised how many are dog friendly, especially in Florida.
I've been checking out www dot bringfido dot com. I know there are others. There are a lot of places that will take pets that aren't dumps. Some have weight limits but I understand they are flexible. Taking out is a good idea. Eating outside this time of year is just too hot down here.
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I've been checking out www dot bringfido dot com. I know there are others. There are a lot of places that will take pets that aren't dumps. Some have weight limits but I understand they are flexible. Taking out is a good idea. Eating outside this time of year is just too hot down here.
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There are plenty of dog friendly options out there. I bet there is an app for it. try typing in dog friendly into yelp or tripadvisor. Take her!

My wife refuses to board our dogs, so they come with us or we get a dog sitter. W live in a nice house in a great location, so that's not too tough usually, but we like taking them with us places too. Getting a House on a boat access only island in a few weeks and the pups are coming with. The headache of having the dog(s) with you is far outweighed by the enjoyment they will get. In your situation I would think that is especially true.

We didn't crate either dog, but I have seen it work with many. Not all, but many.
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http://www.dogfriendlyhotels.org/
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This question came up at a good time, because we just got back from taking a vacation and we brought our 11 yr old black lab mix (also a rescue) with us for the first time. For his age he is very youthful acting and got around just fine, lots of spring in his step. Here's how our story turned out...

We thought since our dog was getting up there in age and knowing how much he enjoys the beach that we would take him along with us this year. We rented a very nice pet friendly house, found a great kennel in the second spot we were going (since the place we were staying here was not pet friendly).

Well,,, the initial car ride went fine (9 hours +/-). Stayed one night at an Inn that was pet friendly on our way down. That seemed to go fine too, to include leaving him alone while we went out to eat.

Day 2 we got to our destination and our house. I could tell the mutt was a little anxious. We brought his bed etc in an effort to make him feel more comfortable. Day 2 down - all good, left him in the house the first day because it was hot at the beach and left there when we went out to eat etc - no problemo.

Day 3 I wake up and grab my first cup of coffee, walk over to the living room to sit down and there it was,,,,, a MASSIVE pile of diarrhea, not on the hardwood no that would to be easy, but instead on the area rug! The smell went well with my cup of joe.... I suspected it might have been fueled by some new food we gave him, that combined with the added stress of being out of his element, but I am not sure. This is the point where things just went down hill....

Day 4 was much of the same, diarrhea, but thankfully outside, I had to keep a vigil. Great we made it through the day with no accidents in the house!

Day 5 much of the same although he seems to be looking/acting a little better. He's drinking lots - good, but def had to keep a closer eye on him. That afternoon I took him out and not 10 minutes after I brought him he left another pile on the hallway rug. Sprayed that out... Tried switching him back to his old food and that seemed to help some at least with the diarrhea.

He's had bouts of diarrhea in the past or puking something up, he seems to have a sensative digestive trak. However at this point I was very close to finding a vet, until his poop started to firm up and his energy seemed to be returning.

Jumping ahead a couple of days to move day, check him into the kennel and seems to be doing much better. No more diarrhea and seems to have gotten more of a spring in his step.

The next morning I get a call from the kennel owner explaining that my dog is having some trouble walking when she takes him out and that she had to carry him - a 50lb dog - down the stairs to take him out that morning. I thought okay, he's probably still a little lathargic from his bout of reah,,, said I would come by after breakfast to check on him. I show up and at that point he can't stand at all! His back legs were nearly paralyzed, so they were just crumpling when he walked and it seemed to get worse even during the time I was there.

This was on a Sunday and the island we were on did not have a vet. I called the closest vet over an hour away and fortunately they had an emergency number and the vet said she would come in to see him. So I made the trek and she was not sure what exactly was going on with him, but because he is a carrier for lymes (low titter always tests positive) she prescribed an anti-biotic along with a steroid and more-or-less said let's hope for the best. I thought I was going to have put him down while on vacation he was that bad....

Anyway got back to the kennel and the owner put him up in his own private room. I showed started caring for him and taking him out at that point. So I have him his first round of drugs that evening. Next day I get a text from the kennel owner saying "He's doing so much better! He was standing and pawing at the door when she came in that morning!" THANK GOD!

In closing I very much regret A. switching his food and B. taking him with us on vacation. I think if he were younger perhaps he would have faired better. I am not sure what my point was other than to say, I hope you have better luck then we did.

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FWIW I have found my pups like the kennel I take them too. It costs as much as private school but they have private areas with long runs to sun and poop. They have outdoor playtime with shallow pools, or private playtime. When I drop them off they are soo happy to see the lady and happy to be there. Its a lot for 2 dogs but my 15 year old just cant get in and out of the truck on long trips much anymore so it better for him to stay behind. it sucks when they get old
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I have traveled a lot with dogs. If you plan a little, most of the quality chains will take a dog. It helps if you use the same chain alot, and are a "rewards" member. Most places have an outside door at the end of the hall on the first floor - I always ask for the closest room to that door, so I can bring the dog in and out without having to walk it through the lobby. If you make an effort to be discrete, many places will work with you.

I guess it depends on the breed. I have always had large Collies, and they tend to be mellow and quiet. The fact that they look like "Lassie" helps - everyone loves Lassie.

On the road I usually do take out - and carry dog food and water. Water is especially important.
In a pinch the generic McDonald's hamburger ordered with ketchup only has been popular with every dog . . . and I get a bite or two too!

On a trip back from a hurricane evacuation, the lines were so long everywhere that for a while the dog and I lived on (shared) Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Gatorade. (he liked it!)
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
This question came up at a good time, because we just got back from taking a vacation and we brought our 11 yr old black lab mix (also a rescue) with us for the first time. For his age he is very youthful acting and got around just fine, lots of spring in his step. Here's how our story turned out...

We thought since our dog was getting up there in age and knowing how much he enjoys the beach that we would take him along with us this year. We rented a very nice pet friendly house, found a great kennel in the second spot we were going (since the place we were staying here was not pet friendly).

Well,,, the initial car ride went fine (9 hours +/-). Stayed one night at an Inn that was pet friendly on our way down. That seemed to go fine too, to include leaving him alone while we went out to eat.

Day 2 we got to our destination and our house. I could tell the mutt was a little anxious. We brought his bed etc in an effort to make him feel more comfortable. Day 2 down - all good, left him in the house the first day because it was hot at the beach and left there when we went out to eat etc - no problemo.

Day 3 I wake up and grab my first cup of coffee, walk over to the living room to sit down and there it was,,,,, a MASSIVE pile of diarrhea, not on the hardwood no that would to be easy, but instead on the area rug! The smell went well with my cup of joe.... I suspected it might have been fueled by some new food we gave him, that combined with the added stress of being out of his element, but I am not sure. This is the point where things just went down hill....

Day 4 was much of the same, diarrhea, but thankfully outside, I had to keep a vigil. Great we made it through the day with no accidents in the house!

Day 5 much of the same although he seems to be looking/acting a little better. He's drinking lots - good, but def had to keep a closer eye on him. That afternoon I took him out and not 10 minutes after I brought him he left another pile on the hallway rug. Sprayed that out... Tried switching him back to his old food and that seemed to help some at least with the diarrhea.

He's had bouts of diarrhea in the past or puking something up, he seems to have a sensative digestive trak. However at this point I was very close to finding a vet, until his poop started to firm up and his energy seemed to be returning.

Jumping ahead a couple of days to move day, check him into the kennel and seems to be doing much better. No more diarrhea and seems to have gotten more of a spring in his step.

The next morning I get a call from the kennel owner explaining that my dog is having some trouble walking when she takes him out and that she had to carry him - a 50lb dog - down the stairs to take him out that morning. I thought okay, he's probably still a little lathargic from his bout of reah,,, said I would come by after breakfast to check on him. I show up and at that point he can't stand at all! His back legs were nearly paralyzed, so they were just crumpling when he walked and it seemed to get worse even during the time I was there.

This was on a Sunday and the island we were on did not have a vet. I called the closest vet over an hour away and fortunately they had an emergency number and the vet said she would come in to see him. So I made the trek and she was not sure what exactly was going on with him, but because he is a carrier for lymes (low titter always tests positive) she prescribed an anti-biotic along with a steroid and more-or-less said let's hope for the best. I thought I was going to have put him down while on vacation he was that bad....

Anyway got back to the kennel and the owner put him up in his own private room. I showed started caring for him and taking him out at that point. So I have him his first round of drugs that evening. Next day I get a text from the kennel owner saying "He's doing so much better! He was standing and pawing at the door when she came in that morning!" THANK GOD!

In closing I very much regret A. switching his food and B. taking him with us on vacation. I think if he were younger perhaps he would have faired better. I am not sure what my point was other than to say, I hope you have better luck then we did.
Wow, that sounds like a rough trip with a capital R.

I would amend my previous post to point out that although all my dogs have been regular and mostly trouble free travelers . . . they were all started on the road as puppies. Not sure if I would want to travel with an older dog who had never done it.

In the Op's situation, where the dog is ill (chemo) - I wonder if the dog would really be happier and more comfortable with a sitter or a well run kennel. I understand it may be tough to leave him, but at this point what the dog is more comfortable with would to me be more important than what I was comfortable with.
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We lost our 100 pound, 15 year old black lab shortly after taking him on vacation. He was old and his health was not great, but we figured take him with us while we could. He loved his naps and was pretty arthritic, so he was very slow, but he seemed to do OK, although he was visibly anxious and unsettled for several days. He passed away peacefully in his sleep within a couple weeks of coming home. While you could never prove it, I always wondered if the stress of disrupting his usual routine was part of the cause. He was certainly a creature of habit in his old age. Something to consider, anyways. He definitely preferred to be with us, so we never considered boarding him.
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Wow, that sounds like a rough trip with a capital R.

I would amend my previous post to point out that although all my dogs have been regular and mostly trouble free travelers . . . they were all started on the road as puppies. Not sure if I would want to travel with an older dog who had never done it.

In the Op's situation, where the dog is ill (chemo) - I wonder if the dog would really be happier and more comfortable with a sitter or a well run kennel. I understand it may be tough to leave him, but at this point what the dog is more comfortable with would to me be more important than what I was comfortable with.
Yer tell'n me! My wife wanted to just pack up and leave the day I said I had to make a 2+ hr pilgrimage to the vet that day - this of course was after everything else, so I expect her patience was a little thin at that point - that and let's just say she's not an animal lover.

He had been on trips with us before, long trips too, but it had been a while. Shoot we even took him the vet 2 weeks before for some shots and a check-up and the vet told us to go ahead and take him - he's old but in good shape so he should be fine.

He is much the house/porch dog it is sickening. So long as we are in the house, all he likes to do is lay in his bed and he is completely at peace. He doesn't even want to be left outside in the yard unless we are with him, instead he stands at the door and howels until we relent and let him in only for him to plop down in his bed.
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we had boarded our 7 year old lab 4 times in the past year.did it again last month at same place and he was a mess for 7 days when we got him home.just found a retired couple who watches dogs in their home. dropped him off for 3 days for a trial run and it worked out great. he'll be going for 6 days soon and i have a piece of mind now. maybe theres someone doing the same in your area
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La Quinta takes dogs. We have three and they always say yes.
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Thanks for all the input and stories. In the past, she has always been very happy staying at our local vet. My wife just isn't comfortable with it now that she is sick. Adding to the problem is an intense fear of thunderstorms. It's OK when the staff is there during the day, but my wife can't handle the thought of her at the vet, after hours, thunder outside at this stage. She would probably kill herself trying to get out.

We are staying at our daughter's house Sunday and Monday night and we're bringing the dog. Our daughter is having arthroscopic knee surgery Monday AM so the dog will be left alone for 4-5 hours. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully she doesn't tear anything up.

As much as I love our dog, she has become a bit of a ball and chain.
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Good of you for thinking about this up front. We've rented our place to people with dogs and found out after the fact things didn't go well, either there was damage or they carried on so much we had complaints from neighbors. We had a lab for many years and never thought to leave her alone in a strange place like a rental property, I think anxiety and anxiousness are normal and even expected. Yes, it tied us down as she got older and couldn't be in a kennel but that's part of having a dog in the family.

We are itching to get another but it's stories like this that keep us from doing so. Good luck.
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