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Old 10-02-2013, 09:12 PM
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We relax with dogs, I am always on edge without them. We gain pleasure seeing them happy. It's really a to each their own thing.
This. And I think it depends on what you consider a "vacation". Partying all night and spa time and shopping is pretty much my idea of something to run away from. Although I'm not sure what I would do on a vacation, it's been so long. Hiking and dog beaches and take out in the hotel with a movie sounds pretty good to me.

I admit that I am planning to go to NYC for a couple of days next summer, and the dogs won't be coming for that. I'd be half tempted to take at least one of them (the hotel does allow dogs), but I think both of my country kids would be incredibly stressed with the traffic and everything.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:23 PM
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For me, vacations are usually camping, so taking the dogs doesn't really add any extra work. :]
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:36 PM
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I get a lot more vacation time than my husband, and so I take a fair amount of solo mini-vacations most of which are either dog friendly or dog-centric. Just camping, or up north for scootering/skijoring. The former is no fun ALONE alone... who would I hike with without a dog along? And the latter is obviously dog-dependent.

My husband and I do take at least a couple of long weekends or a longer vacation together without the dogs every year, though. It is nice to sometimes have that total lack of responsibility or awareness of time passing.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:40 PM
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The Dobermans always stay with their breeder. Keira doesn't really enjoy it there (she's beyond overstimulated), but I know they're being taken care of appropriately.

Dance stayed with a chaz member (Zhucca) the first time I went on vacation a couple of years ago, and then this past summer a friend of mine took care of her. She lives with her dogs very similarly to me, and I'm actually pretty sure Dance would trade me in for her haha. She loves her (and her husband) so much. She'll probably always stay with that friend when I go somewhere as long as they're able to take her. If not, I'm not sure where she'd go. She's not the easiest dog to leave always.

I've not taken a vacation since I've had Journey except for the one that I took her with me on. I'd ask my dog friends though (not the one who cares for Dance as that would then be 5 dogs in her house and I'd feel bad) and see if one of them could. Otherwise, I'd honestly probably just opt not to go. I won't leave my dogs in a kennel/daycare/boarding type situation. I would be worried the whole time. I just don't like those situations for leaving my dogs. I wish Journ's breeder was closer, as I wouldn't hesitate to leave her there. But, a 5 hour flight or a several day drive is a tad far.

And if/when I go on a vacation without family, I'd ask my mom to take care of Dance and Journey. She does a great job with them and that would be the most ideal situation for them... but so far, my mom has been along with me on vacations as it's usually family trips we do.
I also meant to add that I really enjoy taking a dog on vacation. I really, really want to do a roadtrip with my dogs. Whenever I go without them, I miss them, and I also see pretty photo ops and wish they were there haha. But yeah, generally if I am staying within Canada, I try to take one of my dogs with me. Sometimes it is nice to leave them behind too, just so I can spend all day out and about doing things without worrying about getting back to my dog to let them outside or feed them. Not having to be responsible for a dog for a week every once in a while is definitely relaxing. But at the same time, my type of vacation is usually one that just involves visiting with people I know and hanging out and doing outdoor things, all of which can be more fun (to me) with a dog. The only times I've not taken a dog with me were when I went to Mexico and a couple of times when it was clear that the dogs were not invited.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:45 PM
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As much as I dislike vmills posting yet another blogspam, it's sparked an interesting discussion.

Jess watches Finn and the ferrets frequently, and if she can't my friend Sylvie is also happy to stay here and watch them. It makes life easy for my non-dynamic dog and to not have to haul the ferrets anywhere. I take up to two long vacations a year, plus semi-frequent full-day/weekend trips, so it's very important to me that I'm not just plopping my pets in a boarding situation every time. I consider myself very lucky to have two friends who are happy to stay at my place with the pets. (I try to treat them well in return!)

Count me in the "no pets on vacation" category, with the exception of travelling for a pet-centric event that I'm not working at. Finnegan often stresses when he travels, and loves his sitters. I prefer to have him stress-free at home, and me stress-free on vacation. It makes us both happier when I get home.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:54 PM
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Id have to say I dont go on vacations. Im such an earthy homey sort of person, and so in love with my wisteria and my jasmine and my dogs and my patch of dirt, I dont even like leaving it to go to work, much less pack up and TRAVEL. The prospect is horrifying rather than relaxing. I think the only travel-to events I would ever go to are dog things anyway, so of course they would come.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:17 PM
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My dogs will be staying with a neighbor the next few trips. They already know said neighbors and their dogs and I feel comfortable leaving them with them. Although the large majority of my trips are to see family and friends; when I do something for fun it's just a day trip and the dogs either come with or stay home with plenty of puppy pads and kongs (never more than ~10-12 hours or so, usually much less).
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:23 PM
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We take Crossbone almost everywhere with us....except if we're flying somewhere (which usually happens at least once a year). In that case, he stays with my parents and they ADORE him. It's like a vacation for all of us!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:28 PM
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Jess watches Finn and the ferrets frequently
^^truth. Most of my "vacations" are just getting away from my house I go to Florida annually, to watch Jessie's dogs.. then multiple "vacations" to Allie's... to watch her dog... recently went on a vacation to Oklahoma, to meet some dogs


Rosey always stayed at home, with my parents and sibs. The ferrets also stay at home with the parents and sibs. When we'd go on family vacations when I was younger, we just had Rosey, and my grandmother (who she adored/who adored her) would stay at our house and spoil her.

Now, if we all went on vacation, the ferrets (minus Nacho) all get along with any ferrets in somebody else's house that I'm sure it'd be easy enough to convince somebody to take them. I'm sure I could find somebody to watch any future dog, as well. There are always options.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:37 PM
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I also meant to add that I really enjoy taking a dog on vacation. I really, really want to do a roadtrip with my dogs. Whenever I go without them, I miss them, and I also see pretty photo ops and wish they were there haha. But yeah, generally if I am staying within Canada, I try to take one of my dogs with me. Sometimes it is nice to leave them behind too, just so I can spend all day out and about doing things without worrying about getting back to my dog to let them outside or feed them. Not having to be responsible for a dog for a week every once in a while is definitely relaxing. But at the same time, my type of vacation is usually one that just involves visiting with people I know and hanging out and doing outdoor things, all of which can be more fun (to me) with a dog. The only times I've not taken a dog with me were when I went to Mexico and a couple of times when it was clear that the dogs were not invited.
This is me too. Sometimes I admit it's somewhat nice to just... not have to worry. About letting the dog out, having to feed, getting him his exercise, etc. I visit people that are like family to me that live in SC and they're just not quite 'animal people'. They love my pics of him, my stories, etc, I just don't think they want him staying in their house and I'm fine with that. It's easier to fly down there anyway. So I leave Jackson with my dad but after a few days, I always miss him, and like you, see great opportunities for either photos or walking, etc, and then I just really wish he was there LOL.

I've only ever left him at my dads house though. He is the most comfortable there and I know he gets spoiled and taken care of. I would worry far too much with him being anywhere else, so it just doesn't happen.
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