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    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 21st Jun 19, 5:19 PM
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    Long holiday
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    • 21st Jun 19, 5:19 PM
    Long holiday 21st Jun 19 at 5:19 PM
    First off, I imagine I wont be having a long holiday, but after 7 in 28 years i would like just a once in a lifetime holiday and fancy a round the world cruise which takes three months.

    However i have three dogs and besides the practicalities, i wonder if it would be fair on them. Has anyone experience of an extended break away from their dogs and if so what route did you choose in terms their care.

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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 21st Jun 19, 5:47 PM
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    Hi Bugslet

    The longest I have 'left' the dogs has been 6 weeks (knee op) but I generally go away for 5 or 6 weeks ( in a block, not in total!!) each year when they stay in kennels.
    Both dogs lived in kennels until they were 2 yo when I rehomed them so they are used to the situation and create havoc in the back of the car when they realise where they are going- can't wait to get in there!
    It is not a cheap option 'though!

    My trips are not as long as you are considering but they are thrilled to go in, and thrilled to come out

    I wonder in your situation with 3 dogs how the cost of a dog sitter would pan out? Currently I am paying £8 per dog per night.
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    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 21st Jun 19, 6:00 PM
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    • 21st Jun 19, 6:00 PM
    If they went to kennels, I estimate around 5 k! I could do that mostly because I've never spent on holidays in my life! I might have a discussion with the kennels I use and see what they think, dealt with them for decades.

    I was favouring a pet sitter, not sure I'd get many volunteers for Runcorn for three months in winter.

    Thanks Katie
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    • crv1963
    • By crv1963 22nd Jun 19, 8:43 AM
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    I had a Retriever who due to my moving to a new area for work ended up having 15 months in a kennels. They were great, family run and as I worked the full Christmas/ New Year run of shifts took him into their home for the festive period, not cheap but I did visit on my days off.

    I wasn't allowed him in my residence. When I eventually found my own place he settled straight back in, so three months being in kennels won't adversely affect your dogs.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 22nd Jun 19, 9:12 AM
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    Wrote you another reply- but it seems to have vanished!

    If you are going away in winter then apart from Christmas it is generally a quiet season for the kennels so you might be able to bargain for a long term/ cut price deal. Worth an ask.

    I am hoping to go on 6 week trip next year- 4 weeks already booked but waiting for a price drop in the cruise 2 weeks earlier! (Ever hopeful) I think that's the longest cruise I would enjoy to be truthful

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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 22nd Jun 19, 10:26 AM
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    We went to USA for 3months. My dogs had been in local kennels before but I wanted them to go where they were experienced with dogs long term rather than 2 weeks at a time.

    I chose a kennel who had a quarantine section so were used to long term care and wouldlickup any problems.

    The kennels were owned by a vet.

    One of my dogs suffered from kennel stress which meant he was losing weight although fed as normal, They had to feed him twice his normal amount.

    The kennel maids walked the dogs over the near by hills.

    When we came home the dogs settled in as if they had never been away.

    They were in great condition physically and mentally.
    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 22nd Jun 19, 11:06 AM
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    • 22nd Jun 19, 11:06 AM
    Thanks crv, Katie and sheramber, I wasnt expecting such a positive endorsement of long term kennels. As I said, its kennels I've used for around 25 years, so I'll have a discussion with them and see about options.. it would be Jan through to April, so yes, there quiet time.
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    • crv1963
    • By crv1963 22nd Jun 19, 11:22 AM
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    As Katiehound says you should be able to get a good discount, I initially signed up for 6 months, I was offered a 25% discount, which was increased to 33% once it was clear it would be at least a year, they did offer to train him to the gun as he had such a good grasp of retrieve and was soft mouthed but I declined that, the lady at the kennels cried when he eventually left.

    So I would ask for pay for 2 dogs get one free? They may surprise you, especially if it is likely that you may repeat the experience again at a future point?
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    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 22nd Jun 19, 12:27 PM
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    Good thinking curve. I wont expect to go away for such a long time again, but 6 week breaks could be a possibility.
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    • purple45
    • By purple45 22nd Jun 19, 12:33 PM
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    If you'd be happy to have someone live in your home while you're away you could consider a live in dog sitter. My sister regularly does this and looks after all sorts of different pets while also providing a little security in the house. I think there are probably websites to look into this. But the sitter would be getting free accommodation etc in exchange so it may be a cheaper option. I don't know much about it and my sister does this abroad mostly but thought I'd give it a mention.
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    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 22nd Jun 19, 12:37 PM
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    Do you know anyone who might take them in while youíre away? Would be a good taster session for someone whoís considering getting a dog and Iíd imagine most dogs would prefer to be in a home than in kennels.

    If I lived closer to you and didnít have a cat Iíd offer.
    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 22nd Jun 19, 5:17 PM
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    Thanks purple, I was originally thinking of the pet sitter route and havent written it off. The biggest stumbling block is finding someone that would want to spend winter in Runcorn.

    Gavin, I don't mind travelling, how about if I drop them off tomorrow for a trial run to see how your cat feels about it. More seriously no I dont know anyone. Two giant breeds and a small constant moulter is a lot to ask.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 22nd Jun 19, 5:47 PM
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    The other advantage of a pet sitter is that most home insurance policies have restrictions on how long the house can be left empty for.

    Your vet might have details of pet sitters - several of the vet nurses at my local practice do pet sitting for clients. And they’re local anyway so the location/time of year isn’t an issue.
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    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 22nd Jun 19, 6:11 PM
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    Not thought of asking the vets, thanks jb.
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 22nd Jun 19, 7:35 PM
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    You might find someone happy to sit in your house using your heating for the winter . A retired neighbour of mine used to go cat sitting all over the uk, paid a small amount to sit in someone else's house using their utilities saved on her bills
    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 23rd Jun 19, 11:38 AM
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    Good point rambling!
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    • UsualSuspect
    • By UsualSuspect 26th Jun 19, 2:53 PM
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    Trusted Housesitters
    For the past 18 months or so I've been using the website TrustedHousesitters.com and have been absolutely delighted with it.

    You pay a joining fee to use the website which gives you a whole year of access. I'm not allowed to post my referral link but feel free to message me and I'll send it over, if you use my code you'll get 20% off.

    Create a profile, add your dates and then wait for the applications to come through. All the house sitters have been verified, some even offer CRB checks, there are some incredibly experienced people out there who would look after both your home and your beloved pets.

    I completely understand your worries about leaving them behind while you go on holiday, I feel the same when I go away. But the wonderful people I've found on Trusted Housesitters have always done an incredible job; I've come back to both a spotless home and a very happy pet. Plus I've had photo and text updates while I've been away too, which goes a long way to putting my mind at rest.

    Good luck!
    • Vates
    • By Vates 26th Jun 19, 8:00 PM
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    Luckily my Sister has me to stay at her house with her dogs (& I adore it. Whippet sleepover!). But she did have someone (who ran dog sitting business and therefore had all the necessary insurance) look after them at their own house when she went to New Zealand for 3 weeks. Luckily they were a family friend so knew they were trustworthy. Best thing is to get a recommendation from someone you trust.
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    • jjhdee
    • By jjhdee 27th Jun 19, 5:19 PM
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    I'm lucky to have family and friends who love pets... so they took turns taking care of my labrador when I was away for a backpacking trip in Asia.
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