Boarding

I am going to Belgium for a week late in February (16th - 24th) and haven't boarded Tucker for more than a couple days to date. Is there any reason why I should be worried about leaving him for that long? The kennel I used at that time seemed to do a very good job with Tucker and he came home seemingly happy. I guess I'm just a concerned 'parent' and am a bit apprehensive for leaving him for so long… (almost 10 days)

Anyone want to host my dog for 10 days? I'll pay! 🙂 I'm in Virginia if anyone actually gives this some thought... Hee hee.

If I did have two already I'm actually gonna be in DC during that time, but both my guys are coming with me, so that would be a full hotel suite, lol,

If you have boarded Tucker before and he didn't mind it and seemed to like the people and the facility, I wouldn't worry about it for only a week. Cory has such bad separation anxiety that I don't think she could cope with it but we boarded previous dogs for even longer than a week and they were none the worse for it. We once had to board a boxer for over 4 months and even she was just fine. In fact, they all loved her and she became the baby of the kennel and they all gave her special attention. (She was a real sweetie.) We always took some of our dog's bedding to the kennel for them to use there and if they were on special food, we took that also. It will probably be harder on you than it will be on Tucker.

Or what about a in home pet sitter?

Too bad Virginia and Georgia are so far apart or we would babysit Tucker for you.

Pat

My mom is in Greenville and I've actually considered driving him down and flying out of Atlanta. But driving 9 hours, then flying 7 hours and spending a week in Europe, flying back 7 hours and ending the trip driving back to DC from Atlanta doesn't fully appeal to me… Ugh.

If he has been there before and you didn't have any worries with his stay I think you will be fine, you are just a good dog parent who is worried about leaving his furbaby.

If you had hesitation you would be searching out other kennels. I have boarded our furkids at a few places here, each has had its own thing that didn't sit right with me whether it was price or space or runs (which Zahra must have made her pads raw pacing on), when I wasn't happy I searched out other places and stopped by unannounced to check them out.

@TuckerVA:

The kennel I used at that time seemed to do a very good job with Tucker and he came home seemingly happy. I guess I'm just a concerned 'parent' and am a bit apprehensive for leaving him for so long… (almost 10 days)

i wish i lived closer! me and my furkids would love to have tucker!! good luck in finding somewhere you're comfortable with!

I have to board EL D later this year and I'm apprehensive because he's not been boarded at all. I've been checking into several kennels around here and most are willing to let me see their setup. They all offer day care so I plan on doing that a couple of times just to get EL D used to the place. Because of basenji quirks, I'm not too keen on leaving him with family or friends who don't understand basenjis, so boarding seems the best way to go - at least the ones I've seen are secure, with tall fences, and happy to walk or play with the dogs (not true with some relatives). I would think if the dogs do well with a few days boarded they ought to do okay with a longer term.

We are going out of town in May. I usually have Ernesto's parents watch the kids but they will be with us so that is not an option. I, too, have been calling around to find a kennel. I really want one that has an indoor/outdoor run so Dash can sit in the sun during the day but be in in the evening. Not to mention Sissy's housebreaking is not great so I want her to be able to get out when she needs to go. I have found some interesting places. I have yet to find an indoor/outdoor one but I have found one with Direct TV. Most charge extra for walks and TLC and to board over a holiday. One place offered day care during the day but since Dash's dog friendly behavior is questionable lately I am not sure I want to risk it. He is being evaluated next week so hopefully we can start to change it.

Anyway, I am amazed how expensive kenneling is. And what they are charging extra for on top of the kenneling itself.

Oh the boarding issue 😞 it's so hard to find the right place for a basenji IMO. I have searched high & low for a place that wouldn't throw them into a pit of 20 other dogs (& then call it daycare:mad: ) and where they will be let out regularly for potty & exercise. I also needed to find a place where my two could be kept together 🙂 b/c of course my little girl needs to be with her B-brother otherwise it's crying all day & night!:rolleyes:

Tucker-if you found a place that qualifies as a good place in your opinion than stick with it. I do remember a place someone recommended called Holly Ridge Manor in Chesapeake VA. Maybe you can check it out as another option & decide from there. I really liked that place. And YES I was willing to drive from NJ to VA for a good boarding place :eek: :eek: Instead I found a place in Boston that was only 4hrs away that was very good.

Oh & if Tucker can handle being crated…we'd be HAPPY to babysit for you. I hope you don't mind the trip to NJ???

I'm going to the Caribbean at the beginning of April for 10 days and while there were some places locally that are recommended, I'm going to opt to board Ruby with my breeder. They offered it up as an option and even though it means driving 3 hours each way, I'm still going to do it because I know I won't need to worry about the kid while I'm on vacation.

@renaultf1:

I'm going to the Caribbean at the beginning of April for 10 days and while there were some places locally that are recommended, I'm going to opt to board Ruby with my breeder. They offered it up as an option and even though it means driving 3 hours each way, I'm still going to do it because I know I won't need to worry about the kid while I'm on vacation.

Yup that is a great option when available and most certainly worth the drive….

There is a local breeder here that is about an hour away. Perhaps I should call them…

Do any of you know of have you heard of any of the following breeders?

Itzyu Basenjis
KISA Basenjis
Thor Basenjis
Wakan Basenjis

Perhaps it's 'bad form' to call them and ask such a question...

I have called a breeder in the past that was not the breeder that i got my dogs from and got denied… it's worth a shot though!

I'd say it is worth a shot as well. The other thing is that if they can't take him, perhaps they know of a good place to board him…I'd ask both questions.

Good luck.

@TuckerVA:

There is a local breeder here that is about an hour away. Perhaps I should call them…

Do any of you know of have you heard of any of the following breeders?

Itzyu Basenjis
KISA Basenjis
Thor Basenjis
Wakan Basenjis

Perhaps it's 'bad form' to call them and ask such a question...

I know all of the above, however, remember that most breeders do not have kennel situations and have their own packs. It is mighty hard sometimes to intergrate an adult to a pack… and also if they have pups, they will be very hesitant in taking in a strange dog, regardless of who it comes from... but they just might know of a good boarding kennel....

In addition to checking out the kennels in my immediate area, I was planning on contacting my breeder (she shows a lot so haven't been able to yet). Not so much to see if she would board but more to see if she could refer me to other kennels in the wider area. I would think breeders might be able to help in this respect.

Hey there- We're in Virginia too… I will have to talk to Hubby to see if we could host your dog- although my guy says it will probably be a "no". But it's worth a shot to ask. And we would definitely have to meet up before to see if our kids got along alright--

But if that doesn't work out, we boarded our kids together at Old Mill for 7 days. Miles had not been boarded and Lexi hadn't in years. But they both did fine and they had nothing to report at the office when we picked them up. I really liked them and they seemed to take the time and care. We were able to put them in a run together and also had potty/play time. We wanted a run that was completely enclosed in case they decided to climb the fence. And they also got extra blankets.

http://www.oldmillpets.com/

Also- try a "local" search on Dogster– they have personal reviews of every type of place you'd ever want- vets, kennels, parks, shops, etc.

That was me, I mentioned Holly Ridge Manor. When I just had Chase he went to daycare there quite a bit, once we got Zahra they went a few times.

Holly Ridge is very popular around here and fills up fast. They are a little pricey but worth it.

http://hollyridgemanor.net/

@jys1011:

I do remember a place someone recommended called Holly Ridge Manor in Chesapeake VA. Maybe you can check it out as another option & decide from there. I really liked that place. And YES I was willing to drive from NJ to VA for a good boarding place :eek: :eek: Instead I found a place in Boston that was only 4hrs away that was very good.

We board our boys at Cresthill Kennels. It exit 118 off 95. Check out the website. We've left our boys there for up to 12 or so days and they've come home happy. The kennel is right on site with the owners house. They also breed labs, so you know they love dogs. Not to mention our boys!!

http://www.cresthillkennels.com/

On another note- we've been dying for the boys to make some friends! Since you're in the VA area (or anyone else who is around here too!) we should try to set up some play dates! 😃

-Jessica

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