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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Um, I wouldn't go near that pet-sitting company either Amy.
    Yeh, it seemed dodgy to me! I guess the one thing with a kennel is that it is goverened by so many different regulatory bodies as opposed to a family or person who could do anything to Poppy while I was away and I wouldn't know!

    I hope this kennel is nice!!! Will pop back in this arvo for an update and to get your opinions again!

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    Yep, just check the kennelling establishment out this arvo with OPEN EYES.
    All the best.

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    WTF a $50 booking fee?

    The only time i have ever gotten anyone to pay me before they go is once when it was a huge out of town job, i needed the bloody money for fuel, and another client who took 3 months to pay the first time, they know they have to pay up front, or I would look after the pets

    good luck with it

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    Yeah, that does sound a bit feral, doesn't it TB?

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    I mean, what if you dont even like the people before you meet them?

    I do all my consults free of charge, no one commits to anything until I have met them and they have met me and we are happy with each other.

    We had a pet sitter in town at Christmas, she changed her mind at the last min and went away for the week! So many people who were let down by her

    On the good side, I got a lot of new clients! LOL but still, some people make you sick

    If i am going away, i let all my clients know at least 2 months in advanced, no way i would just tell someone to find somewhere else for their dogs at the last second

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    Problem is, the idiots like you just described make it hard for the quality and highly professional ones to make a good go of it. Like everything else in life, I guess. Sigh.

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    Oooh good thread. We're going away for 2.5 weeks in July and I'll be putting Troopa in a boarding kennel. Hoping to go through my vet as they do it there and already know Troopa.

    Thanks MAC for your post on which questions to ask

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    If she's housed on her own then I'd say it's a small kennel.

    So I'd ask if she will get an opportunity to play with other dogs and about her exercise.

    I like a kennel with nothing to hide, but having had interruptions in peak cleaning time etc can understand why kennels put a set visiting time and drop off and pick up times.

    If it's between 3-4 then the kennels should be thoroughly clean, night feeds/meds should have been just about completed and the dogs just about ready to bed down for the night.

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    My vet does boarding, but it's only really good for very small dogs or sick dogs and short time frames. It's a aircond'd brick garage with a lot of cages in it, and a small lawn that they get to run around on for 20 minutes. I normally exercise Frosty on a cricket oval for an hour, twice a day. So not ideal. She stayed there for a long weekend when she had the runs and I didn't want to ask my sister in law to feed her medicine 3x a day. Frosty did come back with normal poos, was good.

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    I asked the lovely lady about what would happen to my booking fee and she said it would be deducted from the total. Then I asked what would happen if I didn't feel the sitters were suitable and she said she would find me someone else. Basically you don't get that booking fee back unless you use them! Seemed a bit rich to me!

    Anyway, am just back from looking at the kennels. It was a small facility, say 30 to 40 kennels, maybe even less. Was hard to tell.

    They owner showed me around. She's an older lady who has been breeding and showing dogs since 1969. She and her hubby run the kennel and only get in staff over the school holidays when they are busy. She said that they prefer to do it themselves as that wY they get to know the dogs and build relationships with them.

    She said the bigger dogs usually go out and run in their own yard bit she usually takes the smaller dogs two at a time over to the enclosed grass padock to exercise. She said the little ones prefer that one on one play time and sometimes get startled by the bigger dogs running up and down in their yards.

    She also keeps the little dogs closer to her office and the bigger ones further down. As we walked down the kennels I got lots of barks from the doggie and she knew them all by name. She told this adorable sibe x named Riley to shhh in a truly loving way, the same as an owner would.

    As I drove out I noticed they had 4 of their own dogs in their house yard. Two that looked like greyhounds but I don't think they were and two other wooly looking ones.

    Overall I was really impressed! It was clean, the dogs seemed happy, they had their own beds or they provided beds. She said I could take Poppys crate and pop it in there and take a toy or two. She also told me about what they fed them and said I was welcome to bring her dry food if I wanted.

    Am still a bit nervous about how she will cope after her last stay away from us bit I'm confident in the owners ability to recognize stress in Poppy and do what is needed if anything!

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