Do you take your pet with you when you go out of your town?

United States
April 24, 2007 2:28pm CST
I am curious to know about you people who have pets, what do you do with your pets when you are out of home for days? We know some people have 3-4 or more pets than that. It is not possible to take them with you on a vacation. We have one friend who does not want to go out of home for long because of his dog. He does not want to leave his dog alone or with others. When he goes somewhere for one day he leave his dog at his home alone. But if he has to go for more than one day then he leave his dog with one of his friend. What do you people do?
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• United States
25 Apr 07
when I took my sons from california to Arkansa to see their grandad for the first time,i took my german shephard with us,and left the other pets at hoem and our neighbors fed and took care of them. my shephard would have attacked them had i left her home,and she proved to be a valuable compaion. she scared off a hotel manager wo followd me out when i left beause pes wernt allowed and he wanted to get a little ,ok, way too friendle for my likeing! the guy actually circled me like a hungry vulture and said with an oklahoma drawl"ya,ll one fiiine lookin woman"! well bonny came through the open car window and did her best polce dog impression,duely scareing him back to his office! she also helped me not get a ticket from a state patrol officer,when he stopped me and had me get out,she immitated cujo that time,btu just imagine cujo stuck inside a vehicle! she was the most protective buddy i ever had!
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• United States
2 May 07
Wow this was something different experience. You are right most of the dogs are so protective to their owner.
• India
25 Apr 07
Nope,taking pets wherever you go is a definite NO for me,I have a German shepherd an alsation and 2 Assamese Parrots. Taking them all everywhere would make me look like a moving circus. I prefer to leave them at home and have someone look after them. The dogs don't seem to mind since they have the whole place to themselves. They're probably taking it as a vacation themselves i guess.
• United States
2 May 07
Lol moving circus! It is always better to leave pets at home if you have someone to look after them.
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Dogs - Dogs outside the house.
That's also my problem. I could not leave the house for long because of my dogs. I can't take vacation in our province. If I really have to leave the house, I request some neighbors to feed my dogs and it's shameful also to disturb others to take care of my pets.
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• United States
2 May 07
Ya, it's feel little uneasy to ask somone to take care of your pet. But if you are friendly with your neibhor and help them when they need you, it is not that difficult to ask them for help at time.
@cikedo (3486)
• United States
25 Apr 07
My cats are very self sufficient. I put out bowls of water, food and extra litter boxes and they are set for a few days.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Good for you that they are so nice. You can go without any tension.
• Canada
24 Apr 07
Thats what I did before . But I figure that is partly why my dog bit the little girl upstairs . He had never bitten before I left him alone a couple times . I think he was confused every time someone came here I would leave , and he wasn`t used to it at all . So I no longer go away especially overnight , he doesn`t know whats going on when I leave him . He`s my big Boy and I love him and don`t want to have to see him put down ...
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Yes kitty, pets feel uneasy when they see unknown people around. I saw that discussion about your dog bit the little girl upstairs. Hope that little girl is now ok and also your dog is now feeling better.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Well, the last trip we took out of town, we only had one dog. And yes, we took her with us. There is no way I could have left her home because we do not know anyone that could have come to take care of her. Now, we have three dogs and I am not sure what we would do if we were to leave town for more than a day. My impulse would be to take them with us...but having seven children and three dogs, that would be asking for problems. So, I guess we will just not be able to leave town until we know someone that would at least be able to take care of two of them. Because there is no way I would want to leave our mini Dachshund behind!
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Wow it would be too hard to control seven kids and three dogs alltogether. I hope you find someone to take care of your dogs when you go out of your town.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 07
I am fortunate enough to live with a housemate who synchronizes their holiday to make sure that one of us are at home whilst the other is way, to be honest my housemate hardly ever goes away (sadly!) it's me who tends to spend a lot of time away from home, but they are his four cats after all! I do have a rabbit which he looks after. So we don't have the problem of having to put them in boarding.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Good for both you and your housemate. This is one of the advantage of having a housemate:).
@rosie_123 (6118)
24 Apr 07
I would never go away and leave my cats uattened. I have a friend who always stays in our house when we go away. She is my oldest school friend, and I trust her implicitly. She loves cats, but lives in a small apartment with no garden, where she cannot have pets of her own, so she jumps at the chance to come and stay here for a week or so. That way I know my cats stay in their own environment, and are well fed, kept in at night, and well-cared for. It also means the house is never empty and the garden is watered in the Summer.
• United States
25 Apr 07
You are lucky that you have a good friend to take care of your cat after you.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
24 Apr 07
I try to take the dogs if it is possible. If not, we leave them home and a neighbour girl calls in to check on them every day and to feed them. We have a French door, so all we have to do is reove a pane of glass and we can lock up, otherwise. The cats are very independent, of course, so the girl that visits feeds them as well, bubt I don't think they really care. I would hate to have to board them because they like to be in their familiar environment.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Ya pets like only their familiar environment. Sometime they behave crazy in new place.
• India
25 Apr 07
ya its difficult to leave pets alone for 2 or 3 days but if they get practised bieng alone it wont be a big problem just like students come 2 outskirts and stay in hostel and study or if he is very much affectionate with his dogs he can carry them just like the mother carries her baby whereever she goes r there are separate centers which take care of dogs
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• China
25 Apr 07
I have't had a pet yet,but I think I like going out with pet.It would come ture soon.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
If I am going out of town I usually take my pooch along with me, as long as pets are allowed were I am staying. If I'm not able to bring him with me I leave him at my mothers house which he enjoys because of one acre back yard.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Our dog has always gone to Grandma and Grandpas while we take vacations. Its an hour south of us, so sometimes it out of the way for us to go drop him off. But we feel safe knowing he's at a place we trust and know loves him just as much as we love him.
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@sunny5u (2072)
• India
25 Apr 07
Ya,i like to take my pets outside whenever i go,but at present i am not having,My mother don like pets so she used to scold why r u wasting time,but i used to told they r also having life like human,they take oxygen only,then why they differ,then from that time she never scolded me.I like to take them outside for their recreation.
• United States
25 Apr 07
Good for you that you were able to convince your mother.
• Canada
25 Apr 07
i usually just give my dog to my grandparents if we go for a while if not then i get my friend that lives down the road to check in on them.
• United States
25 Apr 07
It's always good to have family and friends near who helps you in time.
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
25 Apr 07
We used to travel with one of our dogs. But it became too difficult to carry both of them along when we finally got our second dog. Now we have a child and it would be insane to try to travel with them all. Thankfully I have one of the worlds greatest pet sitters. She comes to my home two times a day while we are gone. She lets the dogs out, plays with them, refreshes their food and drink. They are much happier dogs when we return from trips then they used to be when we would occasionally board them at kennels. I don't think I will ever be able to board an animal again...... they were different for about 4 days when I used to board them and it would make me misserable.
• United States
25 Apr 07
I can understand what you are saying about kennels. Animal always feel happy in free and open place.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I always do take them. They dont like to be alone long. mine are very spoiled as everyone here knows. they are always with us whenever possible and if they are left out of the kennel alone , they have been known to chew a blind or get into something. they team up together and think of things when i am not there.
• United States
25 Apr 07
Ohh they just love to being with you.
24 Apr 07
Nope because I don't have a pet. However if I had one, they would come everywhere in which they could come with me. Generally most places =) ~Joey
• United States
25 Apr 07
I don't have a pet either Joey. But I can feel this problem by seeing my friends who have pets.
• United States
2 May 07
I really don't get to go out of town that often because of my pets. Aside from my small pets, I have six horses and one of them only I can get near... So I can't get someone to just take care of them for me, and it's not that easy to haul a horse everytime I want to go somewhere. So, I pretty much don't get to go very far.
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
27 Apr 07
well i never had that problem before because i dont have any pets, but hey this sounds like a great business pet sitting for people who go on vacation, sounds great?