I never expected that dropping off a doggo to a kennel for an extended period of time would be so emotionally stressing…
We have been given the task to care for my son’s dog, she is a 90Lb Lab/Sheppard cross. She, Indy, will be with us for a total of 6 months while my son is serving in the military. Indy has started to settle in well, is learning our routines, and is enjoying lots of love and attention. And just when things are starting to feel more natural, our scheduled holiday was a welcomed reprieve for us but I’m not convinced 10 days in another new environment isn’t going to be the easiest for Indy.
The daycare/kennel we had chosen for Indy was close to home, well regarded, and experienced. Indy had spent one day a week at the daycare for several weeks, getting to know the staff and
routines of the facility. She always came home both tired and happy, which I took as a great sign!!
Dropping Indy off, for her, was a normal day at the center. For me, it was full of questions, such as will she feel abandoned, will she get enough cuddles, and how much time at home will she need to adjust all over again…
Thankfully, the daycare posted pictures each day while we were gone. Of course with treats, all the doggies looked happy and well adjusted! If only Indy could tell us her side of the experience, then we’d know the whole muddy story.
When I arrived to pick up Indy, it was like no time had passed. She was just as excited to see me as she usually was. She was bathed and wasn’t bringing home the smell of the daycare. She happily hopped into the back of the car and upon arriving home, promptly slept the rest of the day away.
Welcome home Indy, sleep well!
Vacation planner (Trudi)