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    Unhappy A Bittersweet weekend.

    I've been waiting a year for this weekend to come.

    I've finished work and flew home to get out of my unifrom ASAP ,grabbed a beer from the fridge and gulped it down. Hell yes i'm on holidays you bloody beauty !!!

    But then theres 2 big goofs wagging their tails like mad. Super happy to see dad home. The usual goofs hugs and slobber kisses are exchanged and then it sinks in. And the thrill of going back to Bali takes a back seat ......to guilt.

    Sssshhh ...**In a very quiet whisper so they dont hear** ...they go to the kennel tomorrow morning.

    I hate doing it to them. Bronx takes it well. There lotsa new dogs he can stare at and threaten to beat up if only it wasnt for these damn fences that seperate him and them LOL. He even jumped out the ute window last time before i even stopped at the front door. He doesnt mind the place at all. Thats my bulletproof Bronxy. 'Bull at a gate' with every situation he's in. Theres no fazing that rat bag.

    But poor Mojo's TOTALLY the other end of the scale.

    He gives me the saddest looks.
    "How could you dad ? Your leaving me here with no comfy lounge chairs...no TV for me to watch....no kids for me to follow in case they drop food".

    He hates it. And it takes a good week afterwards for him to get back to normal. He goes skits when i even leave the room after a kennel stint.

    I keep the drive in pretty simple and try to act normal so he doesn't pick up any bad vibes from me but they both know the gate and long driveway into the property and while Bronx goes crazy, Mojo hits rock bottom.

    I'm going to take him for a walk now so he can lap up some 'daddy+doggy' time. Its going to be a long 2 and a bit weeks for the poor bugger.

    I'm stoked to be going back to a place i love .......but i feel like the worst parent in the world.


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    Frosty actually likes the kennel cos of all those cool dogs to play with and almost no rules about polite behaviour - no eating the hand that feeds you - that's it.... her idea of doggy heaven - even if she does come home with the tummy rash from hell....

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    Ours like the kennel too. It actually doesn't feel so good either when your pooch drags you across the car park to get in quicker and forgets you exist the second you unclip the lead. They don't give us another look as we walk off... and when they come home they sleep for about 24 hours straight.

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    Out of curiosity what do they charge roughly? Haven't had to use them yet but I guess I will one day

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    This time of year my kennel charges about $22 a day per dog. Plus $55 each for a extra exercise package that gets spread across the whole time they are there so they get out and about with a bit of human contact. So all up its about $500 for just over 2 weeks.

    Not a bad buisness to be in i reckon. The amount of dogs they have there ...not to mention the cats. They make a killing.

    And yes....I must admit to feeling a bit hard done by when Bronx doesn't even look back to say bye LOL. Mojo does come good after he settles in but he's no good at goodbyes.


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    you meanie sean.... you running off to bali and locken them up
    while your out dancing in the warm weather and drinking and picking up lady's of the night (don't forget to double check there really a "lady") and having the time of your life.
    your poor pups are going be stuck in a cold dark kennel with nothing but water and kibble....
    shame.. shame... shame :P

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    Yep, some dogs do tug at the heart strings when left.
    bloody separation anxiety, its catching!

    Enjoy the bali, and the reunion.
    You'll be a better dad to them, when chilled out for 2 weeks!

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    LOL Spider ....'Ladys of night'. Bit hard with a wife a 2 kids in tow.

    Although that doesnt stop them offering !!! The streets at night can get crazy over there. Sometimes its just easier (and safer) to stay at the resort or villa and party on there.

    Yeah Bernie ..... good point !! It's hard when you and the dog both have seperation anxiety.....although he barks and carries on more than i do !


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    I feel your pain Sean. I also get terrible guilt leaving my two in the kennels, even though they both love it and race into their huge shared pen. The carry on as I try and get out the double-locked gate....... I swear their idea of a perfect holiday would be for us all to stay there, with my swag down the back under the lovely tree. Sadly, that place has changed hands after a messy divorce so I don't know if it is still a great place for them.

    I'm also lucky to have my elderly Italian neighbour who will come over and (over)feed them at home, lock them inside at night and let them out in the morning. She refuses to accept payment so I sling her a nice bottle of Italian wine or get her a feed of prawns off the boats. The dogs love her with a passion, and I can see why after I found her at my front gate the other week, laughing hysterically after throwing a handful of cat crunchies over the fence onto my new gravel driveway and watching them manically trying to hoover them all up. It's her way of managing their energy and makes me feel reassured that they aren't going to bowl her over when she comes through the gate. But having her look after them in the wet season is not ideal as I worry about storms and falling trees if I'm not here.

    Rest assured though that they will forgive everything once you're back and they've forgotten you ever deserted them. The two weeks will just be a series of in-the-present moments for them.

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    I think you are projecting your guilt feelings onto them. Dogs live in the moment. They will be fine.
    I am going away next week for about 10 days. I know one of my dogs will race around looking for me but will then settle and if she can think, it would be "oh well, the bitch will be back sometime so I may as well get on with it."

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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