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Old 08-19-2017, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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My pets are pampered spoiled brats. My Howie (dog) will be 11 soon and is sliding down the other side of the mountain. I may have him another year, maybe two if I'm lucky. I'm very particular about who watches my pets and I lost a great house sitter two years ago. Lately I haven't wanted to travel without taking the dogs with. Time grows short with my precious one and I don't want to miss a minute.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Well, it wasn't just the boy cat, but the girl cats, too (he's just more possessive). They all know the guilt trip when one is one the net and they look up at you with those eyes..............

..................or are they the guardian angels in fur, telling one that they really shouldn't be on the computer?

Two things. First of all, they are here for a shorter time than we are, so one should not get into the mind set of "it can be later" for sooner or later it won't be.

Secondly, there are those questions I asked. Someone to be avoided? Proceed carefully? Knowing they are like that, is there a way to work with them?
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I have multiple cats so I dont have to leave them alone.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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My dogs survive it just fine if I leave them for a few days (with a competent caregiver).

I've a few friends that leave pets with me. The dogs make a huge fuss about being heartbroken and as soon as their mommy's car is out the driveway, they bounce into play mode and enjoy themselves. They aren't suffering as badly as they would like for you to believe.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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One time I was all wound up about leaving for a trip, and my cat started running loops around the house. That's when I realized they do pick up on my emotions.

So I sat down with him and explained what was going on. That calmed us both down. I left for my trip, the cat sitter did her thing, the cat knocked one thing off the counter (a tradition), and we all survived.

Now whenever I'll be gone for an extended time (i.e., will miss a feeding), I tell the cats what's happening.

If you don't really want to do something, don't do it. Your pet will react to your attitudes and emotions, not what's causing them.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:00 PM
 
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Sometimes I go on a trip because it is important to my spouse, or because I want to visit my elderly parents. In general, I would rather stay home with my animals, and they also would rather I stay home.

However, even before I had pets, I preferred staying home, so it isn't just because of them.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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My pets are pampered spoiled brats. My Howie (dog) will be 11 soon and is sliding down the other side of the mountain. I may have him another year, maybe two if I'm lucky. I'm very particular about who watches my pets and I lost a great house sitter two years ago. Lately I haven't wanted to travel without taking the dogs with. Time grows short with my precious one and I don't want to miss a minute.
I am in the same boat with my 12.5 y/o Bailey...... She and I did a lot of traveling, visiting friends from Nebraska to South Texas in her younger years, but she is arthritic now and would be uncomfortable riding in the car for those extended periods.......

Then, I have the OTHER five dogs to consider.... I farmed four of them out to two different friends for a couple of weeks while I recovered from hip replacement surgery..... We were all fine, but super happy to have the entire family reunited.....

I can't even begin to imagine how much a pet sitter would charge me to care for 4 or 5 dogs and 2 cats if I did go on a trip for more than a couple of days....

So, I have changed my life in that I don't do the road trips to visit friends and family like I used to love to do..... But I am content with my decision.....

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My dogs survive it just fine if I leave them for a few days (with a competent caregiver).

I've a few friends that leave pets with me. The dogs make a huge fuss about being heartbroken and as soon as their mommy's car is out the driveway, they bounce into play mode and enjoy themselves. They aren't suffering as badly as they would like for you to believe.

LOL..... just like human toddlers!!
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I think you (any pet owner) need to find a trusted human to watch them, like a friend or relative they already know. I'm lucky to have a friend who pet sits for me, and she was also my next-door neighbor for 5 years (how we met) - so my animals are all very comfortable with her, and seem to consider her like the best alternative to me. I'd only cancel my vacation plans if a pet was obviously SICK, but not because of their stress. Would you cancel travel plans with your spouse, if the kids started acting up beforehand? Maybe you would, but I know my parents never would have done that! They'd be like "get over it," and assume we'd be fine once they were gone. Which we were, btw.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Two things. First of all, they are here for a shorter time than we are, so one should not get into the mind set of "it can be later" for sooner or later it won't be.
Yeah, but most "animal people" will ALWAYS have a pet or two (or more) in the house... so should we never ever travel because of them? I've never been without at least a cat, and currently have 3 cats and a dog, ranging in age from 1-16 years old. So basically you're saying I should hold off on travel for at least another 15ish years, which would be when I'm 55 myself. Sorry, but that ain't happening!

For the record, I take my dog with me whenever possible - but only on road trips, since I'm not comfortable with making him fly.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:25 PM
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It's much harder if you have birds because most pet-sitters have minimal experience caring for them, are unable to give meds, know nothing about signs of illness, and are unable or unwilling to take them to the nearest (i.e. not nearby) avian vet if there's a problem. The most you can hope for is having someone throw food in the cage at times the birds probably aren't used to. I almost never go away.
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