Almost wordless Wednesday
We are going away for a week and Opie must be “kenneled” while we are gone.
In order to accustom him to the boarding facility, he’s been having sleep overs.
For those who are thinking about how to do this here is a pictorial account of what we are doing to get Opie ready for our trip away.
First, off to the Dog Park!
This is so he doesn’t associate riding in the car with going someplace unpleasant —
All the time! ( Trips to the vet, the groomers, the day care — YUCK) Instead, think of trips to the dog park, the pet store and to pick the boys up from school and just to have a really good SNIFF FEST!
Here he is at the dog park!
On the way home we stopped at the pet store and bought some new treats and extra food.
Highly recommend – Welcome Home Duck sticks ( really easy to break up into smaller pieces, unlike any of the jerkies which you need to take the kitchen shears to cut reasonably.)
Then we went home for a bit – mostly to gather up his food for the two night sleep over, his snacks and to write his name on his harness (Just like camp – we have to label everything!)
another Car ride, and soon we were at Doggie Central.
The idea behind going to the park was to make him a little tired before we leave him at the Doggie Central boarding facility. We also wanted to give him some quality play time with some canine pals. Not pictured is all the affection he got at home. Beau coup Tummy Rubs and lots of duck treats for sitting and staying like a champion.
That night we missed him terribly in the night! There was much vocal complaining from his hu-brothers and I’ll admit I didn’t sleep as well without him walking on me at least once during the night. Every time I heard a siren go by I worried that the facility was burning down with my dog in it. I finally had to get up and play a little IPAD scramble to clear my head.
Yes, I’m a true mom! Paranoid to the max!
However, Opie seemed to pass a decent night.
Here are today’s Webcam pix.
I love the webcam!
WHEN THE SAVE FUNCTION WORKS AND I DON’T HAVE TO HIT ALT PRINT SCREEN TO GET AN IMAGE OF MY DOG!
Weirdly, the save function for the webcam is not working!
So, sorry for the picture of my screen fellow bloggers.
However, if you choose any facility for your dog make sure they have a webcam. I think it’s stupid for them not to have one. They are not that expensive, easy to install and the peace of mind they give a dog owner is really measurable.
I wonder if they could put webcams in the schools too! At least the pre-schools! Just a thought. ( Paranoid Mamas of the world UNITE!)
(And yes, I am doing weight watchers online. I have a blog there that I am not paying much attention to. LOL)
Still, it’s reassuring to see him running around the next morning. He seems calm and the little dominator dogs that were their back in January do not seem to be there today. Excellent!
I fully expect him to be worn completely out when we pick him up tomorrow morning.
Two nights at Doggie Central!
I forsee a special chicken breast dinner for a certain Mr. Furry Pants. 🙂
Hopefully, these two nights will be enough to prepare him for the 5 nights coming up. It won’t seem as if we’ve abandoned him. That coupled with a few extra perks we’ve arranged should make it more bearable.
The real question is whether we’ll be able to stand it.
Once again, Thank God for Webcams!
Don’t board your dog without them!