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Old 12-16-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: nc
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We are going to let DS get a dog for his birthday next month(he does not know this yet). He volunteers at a local animal shelter and found a dog that he absolutely loves. It really is a good dog. It has a good personality, it's not a young puppy, listens well and it not too big or too small. He's just perfect. Next month we are going away for a week. We originally planned on DS picking out a dog once we get back from our trip, but now that he's found this wonderful dog I'm afraid it will be gone by the time we get back. If we got the dog now it would have to stay in a kennel for a week while we're gone. I don't know what we shoud do. Should we get the dog now and put it in the kennel while we're gone or should we risk the possibility that he might be adopted by someone else? I don't want to confuse or tramatize the poor guy by taking him home for a few weeks only to be brought to a kennel. I know there are a lot of dogs that need homes, but this dog is a perfect fit for our family.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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If the kennel won't hold him for you (they do this sometimes for the holidays), I would get him now. At least he would have a few weeks to acclimate to your family and you wouldn't have to worry about him not being avaliable when you return.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I would also get him now because yes he might be gone by the time you get back . But do see if the kennel will hold him for you . I think the guy will be alright and acclimated to your family by the time your trip rolls around and he knows you will be coming back for him .
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Let me ask you this: If you get him now (which I hope you do), rather than kennel him while you're away, is there someone (a friend or a family member) who might either stay at your house for the week with him or would take him into their house? Just a thought...
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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agreed, mabe a pet sitter is an option...a family member, friend, neighbor or try to find a local pet sitter through a site like care.com.

another option rather than a boarding kennel if he gets along with other dogs would be a cage free facility, doggy daycares ususally have cage free (and crate option ) boarding where the dogs get to play all day and either sleep loose or sleep in their crate at night...
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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I vote for getting the dog now! He sounds like the perfect dog for DS and your family. You can't pass up saving him! He'll be okay while you're on vacation.
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Have you even talked to the facility about your situation? Many shelters have fosters lined up for just this sort of thing. Since your son loves this dog and it is such a good fit for your family don't take a chance on losing him.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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I'd say get the dog now. The "perfect dog" doesn't come along every day. The dog will be fine at a kennel for a week, just make sure to get the dog vetted asap so he has all his vaccinations in place in time for boarding. Good luck!
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Don't pass up a "perfect fit". Even if you do have to board him, he'll get over it quickly, he may even have fun at the kennel.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Many shelters will keep a pet for a week or so beyond the adopt date with an additional donation. Since your son works there, I would discuss the option with the animal shelter.
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