I don’t like to be away from Heather and Mr. K but when I have to be, it is good to know I have a place I can turn to and know that they will not only be safe but will enjoy themselves just as much as (if not more so than!) when they are with me. Initially, I was against boarding Heather and Mr. K at all costs. The only way I would vacation was if the Scotties came with us or someone I trusted could watch my precious pups. Now, thanks to a thorough (and somewhat neurotic) Scottie Mom hunt to find a place that met my standards, I have some peace of mind when I drop the fur kids off at Pet Paradise. With four weekend Scottie staycations behind us – all ending with smiling puppy faces – and round-the-clock access to a web cam, it is safe to say I am over any anxiety and reservations I had before I boarded them! An added and unexpected bonus? Mr. K seems to have lost his sometimes rough-around-the-edges nature around other dogs thanks to the consistent socialization! What do you look for in a place your pups can staycation while you’re away?
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Scottie Mom and kids are home! After a long weekend at play, it is clear we are all exhausted. Heather and Mr. K have only roused to get an extra special moist food meal for dinner. I suspect they’ll awake once more for our last walk of the day and then they’ll climb into bed once again for the night.
From the moment I left them at Pet Paradise, something told me Mr. K would be just fine. In fact, he walked off without even saying goodbye to his Scottie Mom! He simply trotted off in search of the phantom dog barks he heard coming from the group play area. Heather, on the other hand, kept looking back as if to say, “You’re coming, right?” I hadn’t even made it out the door when they were being placed in their presidential suite and Heather managed to escape and hide under the front desk. Poor girl. The attendant picked her up, I petted and kissed her and told him her secret to happiness: treats! Then, I mustered up my own courage and walked out the door, knowing my Scottie babies were safe in their suite.
That night, I logged onto the website and watched them sleep. Together, they were resting on one bed. When I woke the next morning, I was disappointed to see they had been moved as the other dog’s mom kept her reservation for the presidential suite. Luckily, though, the staff at Pet Paradise was nice enough to send a photo and a brief update on how things were going. I couldn’t have been more proud of Mr. K, who usually gives me trouble when we encounter other dogs, but was a total social hound during his stay at Pet Paradise. It was clear even when I picked them up earlier today, he wasn’t quite ready to give up on all the fun. Heather, on the other hand, stuck close to the staff and looked out after Mr. K while he was playing, I am told. I was pleased to get an enthusiastic greeting from my little lady when I arrived this afternoon, especially since Mr. K just assumed someone was here to take him on another adventure and didn’t offer much of a “hello” at all!
Regardless of Mr. K’s apparent lack of enthusiasm, we are all very happy to be home. I expect there to be lots of cuddles before bedtime tonight. And, as it turns out, Heather, Mr. K and I weren’t the only ones to have a very Scottie reunion today. Our Scottie friends in Peru organized a Scottish Terrier meetup and more than 50 Scotties came with their Scottie Moms and Dads. To see photos from this very Scottie reunion, visit the Scottie Mom facebook page.
I’m almost there. It hasn’t been easy but I’m nearly packed, I’ve got the proof of vaccines and such ready for Pet Paradise and I even had time to squeeze in an extra load of laundry or two. The more I keep busy, the less time I have to think about the fact I am leaving my babies tomorrow. Everytime I let my mind go down that slippery slope, I get into a panic. Am I doing the right thing? Will they be okay? What if something goes wrong? Is this trip really worth it??
That’s when I have to remind myself to breathe. Heather and Mr. K are acting normally. Neither has sensed anything is going on just yet. In fact, they’re right here, snoozing away – which is what I should be doing! We’ll be up at 4:30 a.m. to get everybody ready and on our way to Pet Paradise by 6 a.m. Then, I’ll be on a flight to see Scottie Dad. If I can just get through the morning, I’ll be all right. What a sense of accomplishment and relief it will be if I get through this trip without completely succumbing to anxiety! Fingers and paws crossed for all of us, please – especially Heather and Mr. K. I hope they have a good experience their first time boarding.
Scottie Dad hasn’t been home since the New Year. In fact, he won’t be home until the end of January at the earliest. Usually, we get him home on the weekends but such is not the case for this business trip. So, Scottie Mom is packing her bags and flying out to Denver, Colorado this coming Friday to see him and (hopefully) set some details for the wedding.
On the one hand, I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve wanted to go out west for the longest time and Scottie Dad has always urged me to travel more with him but I absolutely cannot stand the thought of doing so without Heather and Mr. K. It is nearly impossible for me to come up with pet sitting arrangements that meet my high standards of care. Having exhausted my pool of friends (the few I thought I could trust to care for my Scottie babies inevitably failed) and realizing it isn’t worth putting more friendships on the line due to their inability to provide the care this Scottie Mom requires for her babies, I am doing something I’ve vowed time and again I would never, ever do – and I’m terrified knowing I have no choice but to go through with it.
I decided that for two nights and three days, Heather and Mr. K will be boarded for the first time since I’ve taken them into my home. I went place after place looking for the right fit and I just couldn’t bring myself to make a reservation….until I learned about the presidential suite at Pet Paradise just outside Atlanta. This morning, I went for a tour and saw a very happy pup who is currently rooming in the presidential suite. His mom had never boarded him, either, and felt better about giving him the very best of the best while she was away as well. He looked perfectly happy and content to be there. At $75 a night (for one dog) and an additional $30 a night for the second pup, Heather and Mr. K will get a room of their own toward the front of the building, an abundance of play time, an ice cream treat and a bath before they come home.
Much to my dismay, the suite was only open the first night of their stay and unless the other dog’s mom cancels her reservation, Heather and Mr. K will be moved to the standard kennels. Given my time crunch, I didn’t have many other suitable options so I agreed to put them in the presidential suite one night and the standard kennel the next. At $38 for the first dog and an additional $19 for the second per night, the standard kennel is a slightly more economical choice but I’ve come to learn that when it comes to Heather and Mr. K’s happiness, comfort and safety, there really is no price too high…especially when I’m already an emotional wreck about having to leave them behind and my trip is five days away.
The anxiety is enough to make me want to cancel my trip but, at the same time, travel is always something I’ve wanted to do. (I just thought I’d be doing it with Heather and Mr. K more times than not.) That’s precisely why I booked the flight before I settled on a boarding option for the pups – so I wouldn’t talk myself out of going. And I know Scottie Dad is all the more happier knowing I’ll be visiting and I bet he’s proud of me for taking this very big step. I’m optimistic and hoping for the best but with the anxiety already hitting hard, I can’t promise I’ll be doing this again anytime soon. Oh, the things we Scottie Moms do for love…of our Scotties and our Scottie Dads!