Holliday in danger/ Pet advice

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Hi all,
    We are due to go to Parc Verger and for a couple of weeks in France from Wednesday the 13th August. However we have hit a major problem.
    The lady that had agreed to have our dog has now informed us that she sadly can not have her. This leaves us with a dilema. What do we do with Tara when we go away? we were unable to get a pet passport in time as we were already in to the time span when we took her on.
    We have been to see some kennels this am and TBH were really unimpressed with what we saw. They appeared quite noisey and although the dogs appeared well enough looked after some were actually physically shaking.

    As Tara has just been housed with us only 5 months ago and having had to do a lot of work to alter her behaviour, we don't want her in that environment whereby all our work will be undone.

    Have any funsters used a dog sitting service? is there such a thing or did I dream it? Any full time funsters want a free pitch with electric for a couple of weeks use of a house tied in with some dog sitting? please PM me.

    If we can't work this problem out then sadly we will not be able to attend the parc verger meet, and with the weather the way it is in this country at the moment we could do with a sunny break. :Sad:
     
  2. Detourer

    Detourer Trader - Tour Operator

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    Not much use to you in the UK, but House/Pet sitting is very popular down here in Southern Spain. I have a friend who does it as a small business, covering several houses at a time……..

    Must be something along those lines in the UK…….Why not have a look on the Ad’s notices that are in most Vet’s………..

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  3. Jim

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    Never ever found a satisfactory boarding kennel. Your best bet is to find a family friend or funster to look after her. Give me a shout if you get really stuck
     
  4. Blisters

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    Paul, welcome to thr real world of owning pet, however as Tara is still young its an ideal time to get her use to Kennels

    however given her unsettled start in life i would suggest that if you are going to use a Kennels you, First for a few hours then put her in for 1 night then a weekend and then finally for the two weeks, that way she will fret less as she knows you are coming back for her

    We put Sonny in a Kennels who specialise in big dogs and run Rotty rescue, however it will be half an hours run for you
     
  5. Caztur

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    I think Blisters idea is good, get her used to kennels now because you never know when you may need to use them again.
    I don't know whereabouts you are in Cheshire, but there is one just north of Whitchurch which we have used once when our normal one couldn't fit Jazz & Sage in at short notice, and they were well looked after there, the lady in charge was very nice.
     
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    Hope it works out for you. Ive had to give up work to look after the 'wee fella' but thankfully the ex has agreed to take him while I'm away.
    Lobsters to Espana, here I come.:Wink:
     
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    Hi guys try this site www.animalsathome.co.uk they are in your area,good luck:thumb:
     
  8. madbluemad

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    Hi Haggers

    Try Glenbrittle on the top chester high road. We have always had our dogs in there, they are excellent

    Cheers
    Jim
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  9. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    Hi Paul and Nikki

    If you can get Tara DOWN to us in London

    We will have her while you go to parc verger You could drop her off on the way dependent where you are getting the ferry crossing to france.

    With no motorhome we arent now going away anywhere and are happy to help out xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



    There is no way we would let strangers into our house to pet sit and if the house does happen to get burgled you may find problems with your insurance company.
     
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  10. pappajohn

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    absolutely nothing wrong with most kennels but insist on looking around and ask questions....if other dog owners are there ask them if they've been before.

    we very rarely put ours in kennels any more but because of cost not poor kennels.....4 dogs @ £10 each per day is a drain on funds.

    we usually pressgang / bribe / threaten one of the kids into staying with them:thumb:

    dog kennels, by their very nature, are noisy places......one dog barks and the chain starts.

    in my experience the 'shaking' dogs are the ones who lead a very pampered and sheltered life.
    because of where we live ours are free to roam and never go more than a couple of hundred yards from home and are used to other people/dogs and are quite happy in kennels when we do leave them.
     
  11. staging lady

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    Hi Paul,
    Have looked on line for kennels near us in North Wales but could'nt see anything I liked.
    We have a cat and no fencing around most of the garden,with in our paddock our neighbour's sheep. Otherwise we would have her.
    What kennel does her vet recommend?
    Lucille
     
  12. champers

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    Hi
    We collected our gang - 3 GSD's today from the kennels after our France trip, they had been there once before a few years back as mainly we have a house sitter who works full time but looks after them well (we also had parrots then too)

    The kennels we used has a majority of gundogs, having had gundogs in the past thought that they would be a quieter type kennel also not wanting bad habits to take shape

    They have very aired large kennels and are very clean they did let me bring their food so as not to upset their feed routine etc and adjusted the costs for me(all helps)

    The kennels are near Swansea which is prob too far for you but perhaps there could be a similar type near you

    Wish we could have Tara with us but at mo not poss due to staffing probs with our garage so am needed full time there, another time

    Hoping sorted soon
     
  13. WhereforCare

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    Hi there- read your post- I too had a very similar dilemma as my boxer Sheba who joined me last summer is also a rescue dog & had spent a year in Kennels whilst here last owners were prosecuted before coming to me.
    At first i was loathe to put her in kennels for exactly the same reasons as yourselves so used services wherein she stayed in other people's homes. On the whole very good- however they become involved with other people's habits etc- I had a note sent back with her telling me she loved hobnobs-of course she does' she's a dog- doesn't mean she should have them though!
    I then sent her the Newgate kennels in Wilmslow- where unsurprisingly there is a waiting list there because they are excellent- she goes in wagging, comes out wagging and smells of Vanilla! They are very strict about inoculations, always ask about health, diet as she goes in and very importantly, because she is in a routine, I do not have to spend a week retraining her when she returns.
    I'm a new motorhomer- having just bought a camper this week- eek! (Tribute 550 2009- I will check for reversing judder before I pick it up- promise!) Myself and the Shebster are off around France & Spain from Aug- to Sept so no kennels for her at the moment!
     
  14. Henryhymer

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    Our local vets have a list of kennels they recommend so may be worth talking to your vet or try Petpals - Pet sitting, dog walking, dog sitting, dog boarding, pet boarding, cat sitting and pet taxi - The alternative to boarding kennels and catteries They are a franchised group. We have used 2 people in different areas from this service for dog walking and looking after our pets and they have both been really good. The current chap we use is fantastic and has dogs to stay at his house rather than put them into kennels.
    Good luck
     
  15. champers

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    haganap you have a pm


    champers
     
  16. Losos

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    Hi Paul,

    Have sent you a PM as well with a few suggestions, I don't think this is an insurmaountable problem but Tara is such a lovely dog she deserves the best and I hope you find it for her.
     
  17. haganap

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    May I thank all the kind funsters on here whom offered so much advice, information and even offers,. Thankyou so much were touched.

    We have now sorted the problem,:thumb: Tara is going to a well respected Kennels where I have visited and checked them through. A small concern where she will be fed her favourite tripe for 2 weeks./.
    We dont want to take her abroad so she will need to get used to it for whan we go skiing, which im sure she will.:thumb:


    So crack open the wine in parc verger, and light up the BBq panic over. :Eeek:
     
  18. PenelopePitstop

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    Glad you've got Tara sorted out Paul - see you at Parc Verger!:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  19. RuthRv

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    So glad you got it sorted:thumb: if we weren't going to parc verger we would have had her she is so gorgeous, just a ? to ask your kennel,s have they had any instances of kennel cough there, reason for asking ? when we put our dog into kennels (as we thought that if we left him at home with the kids he wouldn't get fed, or walked etc) but when the kids went to visit him he had caught kennel cough:Eeek: the kids took him out and straight to the vet it was a while before he was right again, luckily though his vet fees were covered by pet insurance. I am sure that Tara will be fine, but due to that one bad experience never put ours in kennels again. So if no one was able to look after him for us we didn't go.

    Roll on parc verger, I am counting down the days!!!!

    see you there

    ruth
     
  20. staging lady

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    So relieved to hear Tara is fixed up. Now you can relax and enjoy France. Would be with you if we had a van!
    Bonne chance,
    Lucille
     
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