I had to make a trip to North Dakota the end of December and I debated taking my Basenji with me, having a sitter or boarding! I checked out all of the kennels in the area and talked to sitters. I really wanted to take him but the plane idea and the fact they had No Green grass showing and lots of snow ruled that out very quickly. I thought about the sitter but I didn't know of anyone that could spend enough time to watch him day and night, and I think they would have been worn out, not to mention what he would have done to my house. So I reluctantly boarded him, I called to check on him often, and the kennel assured me he has doing great and was eating well. I was so relieved until I got home. When I picked him up I was shocked how much weight he had lost and he had shredded his bed while he was there, Anyway I took him home and he was back to is normal self in about 3 days. The vet did give him the nasal med for the Kennel cough but he did not appreciate that at all. I normally take him with me all the time and he travels very well in the kennel in the back seat. I don't really want to ever board him in a kennel again, but would if it is the best for him, I think it is harder on me because I worry about him so much.