This is my very first blog but I have enjoyed reading them and wanted to give it a try. Monty, our 11-month old Pem is our furbaby and we do everything with him. We are lucky as he loves to ride in the car, go hiking, working outside and even shopping (we know almost every dog store in the metro DC area!) We are also lucky there are so many opportunities available in our area to keep him entertained and with us. He is also spoiled in that he is rarely left in his crate more than a couple of hours a week because I work from home and if I need to go to meetings or into my office (2 hours away) he goes to daycare which he loves. I used to use a pet sitter who was great but when we would get home after 6 hours he would be very hyper and destructive so day care was the way to go.
Now for our dilemma, I have a holiday party for work a Saturday in December in downtown Washington, DC. We want to make a weekend of it and go up Saturday during the day and also enjoy Sunday. The only time we wouldn't be able to be with Monty would be during the party from 7pm-11pm. So I have a couple options and I would love opinions from this wonderful group as I cannot seem to make up my mind what is best for Monty.
Option 1: Tire out Monty by touring the city or putting him doggie daycare (he is a zombie after a day of playing with doggies) and then crating him in our hotel room while we are gone. My concern is if he gets scared and starts to bark at the noises in the hallway and disturbs people. Both of my hotel options are dog friendly (they have special beds available for them) but that doesn't mean I want to be a bad neighbor. I do think he would sleep but am still a bit nervous about leaving him.
Option 2: I can board him at the place he goes to daycare. This would cost us a little extra but that is not the main concern. We obviously haven't boarded him yet so I am a nervous mommy about it. He is used to going to bed with us at 10pm and sleeps in our bed and the kennel puts the doggies in their crate from 7pm-6am. He does occasionally sleep all night in his crate when he decides to start barking at bed time which quiets him down. I am sure he would be fine, I think I am worried I would be worried all night and miss him sleeping at my feet:-)
Ok so not really a crisis but ideally I would love to have him with us in the hotel but also might need to bite the bullet and see how he does with boarding for one night...Ok I need advice from all you veteran mommies/daddies.
All the best, Theresa