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Holiday nightmare :-( help me find somewhere for my dog to go please

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magnolia74 Sat 04-May-13 10:04:19

We are going on holiday in the may half term. Eldest daughter usually stays at home and looks after dog/cats. This time she's coming with us.

Our dog is 9 with fear aggression, not biting etc but she will lunge, bark and get very upset if she sees another dog. I manage fine with her though.

She is also very submissive and slightly fearful of men sad

There is no way in earth she can go in kennels!!

I can't find anyone we know to come and stay so am praying I can find a special boarding home for 5 days in surrey.... I will travel further if I have to.

Any ideas?

She is amazing with children and is pretty laid back with women.

EasyToEatTiger Sat 04-May-13 11:09:00

Take a look here: www.dogfriendly.co.uk/ . It may have somewhere that fits the bill.

YourHandInMyHand Sat 04-May-13 12:57:07

Have you looked at Petstay or if they are not in your area then a similar company?

colditz Sat 04-May-13 13:06:15

Have you thought about offering a single mother some money to have her for the week?

A lot of people would love to do a trial run on having a dog, to see if they are cut out for the long run. This way, she gets to be on only dog in a home environment.

HotPanda Sat 04-May-13 13:07:46

Have you asked the vet nurses in your surgery? Round my way a lot of them house sit to supplement income.

magnolia74 Sat 04-May-13 13:22:52

Infant have someone come to my house as to be honest it's a bit chaotic with the cats (4 of them inc new kittens!!) so I would worry about a stranger in my house on top of the dog and then the cats grin

I will look into all your suggestions and yes a single mum would be perfect but would need some experience with a special needs dog I think.

magnolia74 Sat 04-May-13 13:24:04

I can't use the dog friendly thing as our holiday is booked for euro disney.....

HopeForTheBest Sat 04-May-13 14:18:08

Who is looking after the cats? Couldn't they do the dog as well?

HopeForTheBest Sat 04-May-13 14:20:34

Euro Disney has Pet Car Kennels actually there, would it be an option for her to stay there during the day while you're at the park?

clam Sat 04-May-13 14:28:13

I don't like the idea of my 'mainstream' dog going to kennels either, as he's never been crated. The people who organise walking him when I'm at work also run a home-boarding service, whereby he goes to live with them in their house. This must surely be a reasonably widespread practice? It's not really any more expensive than kennels, but much nicer I would think.
They have the facilities to be able to isolate/separate certain dogs (with 'needs') from others for whatever reasons necessary.
My dog gets very excited when we get out his suitcase and he cottons on where he's going.

magnolia74 Sat 04-May-13 14:28:41

No it wouldn't, she can't stay in kennels as it would distress her too much.
A friend is happy to come and stay with the cats but has never had dogs before...... I would worry the whole time

magnolia74 Sat 04-May-13 14:29:44

Clam that's what I need but most want well behaved dog socialised dogs which unfortunately mine isn't

clam Sat 04-May-13 14:37:47

Why do you think that? Ask around - you might be surprised. Once, when I dropped mine off, there was a small dog in a separate area behind a stairgate in his own crate. The owner explained he was "special needs Toby" (affectionately said, I promise!!!) who didn't like other dogs or noise, so preferred to be on his own.

And my hound's not the best behaved, if I'm honest!

clam Sat 04-May-13 14:41:52

Google 'home boarding for dogs.'

landrover Sat 04-May-13 22:59:04

Sorry, have I misunderstood something here? You booked a holiday before sorting the dog out? Why would you do that?
I think that you have to ring around kennels and see if they could take a special needs dog on, but its late to book for half term hols as they will all be booked!
You could try any local dog walkers, they often take in dogs for holidays x

magnolia74 Sun 05-May-13 14:15:49

Of course I didn't!!

We have someone coming to stay by I'm having a wobble about leaving her as its th first time ever she has been left without a family member being here.

But I did book a holiday before getting 2 new kittens which means the house is a little more chaotic and more procedures need to be in place to stop kittens getting outside and not leaving dog in same room if we go out etc.... Maybe a bit much for the person who is coming to stay that's all so I was thinking having the dog looked after separately will be easier and less of a worry.

Floralnomad Sun 05-May-13 14:18:37

TBH it sounds like it may be easier to leave the dog at home and put the kittens in a cattery if its too much for the person staying to look after them all.

RedwingWinter Sun 05-May-13 21:57:09

Some dog trainers will board dogs. Are there any good dog trainers near you that you could ask?

gymmummy64 Sun 05-May-13 22:26:28

oh goodness I have never ever done this before on mumsnet but I simply can't believe what I've just read:

Have you thought about offering a single mother some money to have her for the week?

I will look into all your suggestions and yes a single mum would be perfect but would need some experience with a special needs dog I think

I am a single mother and I am absolutely totally gobsmacked by these comments

I've read outraged comments on MN zillions of times and have never felt the rage. now I have. Now I can see that there are at least 2 people in the world who feel that my single mother status renders me someone who might be employable, in certain situations, because she'll be desperate but only if experienced enough. Unbelievable.

gymmummy64 Sun 05-May-13 22:27:54

And really truly upsetting

clam Sun 05-May-13 22:36:13

Oh fgs, seriously?

gymmummy64 Sun 05-May-13 22:40:33

yes, seriously

eslteacher Mon 06-May-13 07:19:37

Wasn't it because the dog has a fear of men that single mother was suggested? Not because single mums are generally desperate, I think?

YourHandInMyHand Mon 06-May-13 17:40:48

gymmummy I think you missed the point. I'm a single mum and read nothing that caused offence. A single mum was suggested as OP's dog is not good with men! Experience would be needed as this dog isn't a run of the mill dog. I really see nothing to get hett up about.

If I book with Petstay I'll be requesting a man free zone for my dog. Fortunately my single mum can have my dog.

lainiekazan Tue 07-May-13 13:48:53

I think this has moved on to Single Mum Outraged at Suggestion of Dog Sitting, but may I suggest Home from Home Dog Boarding which is based in Surrey. Lovely people.

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