Almost Made It…

While I was gone I had a pet-sitter look in on the dogs three times a day.  They suffer a little bit from separation anxiety because I work from home and I’m always around, so they’re not used to spending a lot of time by themselves.  Boots doesn’t have too much problem being left alone and I’ve left her here for 8-10 hours without problems (although she did tear up the door frame once, but that was during a thunderstorm).  Malcolm, though, had some issues when I first got him.  But I thought he’d gotten over them.

So I was a bit annoyed to come home to find he’d destroyed a pillow.  What’s worse is that he’d been good up until the last minute.  The sitter had been here at 6:00pm and there was no problem.  He tore up the pillow sometime between when the sitter left and 7:30pm, when I arrived.

Looks like I’m going to have to take them to stay with someone else or put them in a kennel in the future if I’m going to be gone for more than a day.


  1. Windy Wilson says:

    Yeah, well try to check out the kennel. I also work from home, so my dog is used to me being around. Last August, I took him to a kennel for a weekend and he came back ok. The next time I needed to kennel him I did not want to drive 20 miles, so I tried a different kennel close to home. When I took him home, he had a lot of separation anxiety; he looked at me funny and he did not want to leave my side. If he could have ridden around in my shirt like a kitten he would have. He also had kennel cough, so it was $180 for the weekend and $186 for the vet plus pills. The first kennel advertises itself as a sort of dog spa, so it looks like next time I’ll be making the long drive.

  2. The last time I had to use a kennel it was just Boots and she acted weird for several days afterwards, so I’m not too keen on kennels, either. 

    For my next trip in September I’m going to take them to stay with my Mother since I’m going to be gone for a full week. 

    If I have to use a kennel, I’m going to try a new place that opened recently near my house.  Hopefully, though, I won’t need it.