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    hi guys

    would like some opinions. Were going away to england for 6 weeks at the end of this year. I have a 4 month old pup and 2 cats. I don't wont to leave any of the for that long but it's seriously important that I'm in england.

    So my question is what would be better Hiring a total stranger to come live in my house and look after my babies or putting them in a kennel to sit in a cage thingy all day. Any opinions about what would be the best way to go
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    Do you have a friend or a family member who could come and feed them and walk them? That is what I would do
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    I've had freinds who've known people to board their dogs in kennels and say nothing but negative stuff. Some dogs are never the same again because of the trauma they go through with some kennels. Their have been rumours of mistreatment in kennels so my opinion is no to Kennels.

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    Hi Puppy lurver

    It is fantastic that you are looking into things now it gives you lots of time to find the best option.

    I feel 6 weeks is a long time to be in a kennel environment, esspecially for your puppy. Some kennels cater for excercise time, others dont. If you decide to kennel, make sure it is highly recommended with rave reviews, and then check it out personally. Just drop in unanounced and ask to see the kennels and set up.

    A family member who you trust and value is a great idea. Make sure you have everything they need, food bedding, emergency numbers etc. Collars and tags are important, also ensuring your bubs are chipped and registered and all details up to date. Also have a backup plan incase anything changes.

    Give them plenty of toys and stimulation, scratching poles etc.

    The home environment would be the least disruptive.

    Have you ever heard of house swapping? I heard about it ages ago and it sounds great. Someone in England may be in the same position as you....You would stay at their place and they would stay at yours and it's free!

    Try a google search, there is an agency i think who helps you and everything is thouroughly checked out...just a thought!

    Good luck, and let us know how you go

    P.s do you need any bag carriers!!?? I would love to visit England one day

    Nic

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    Hi Puppy Lover,

    I'm Millie and I'm a pet minder, i can help you if you want just give me a email and i can talk to you further. My email is milliech9n@gmail.com.

    Millie

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    A dog activities group (Must Love Dogs) I referred me to a website that allows you to meet with other pet owners close to you so that you can spend time getting to know them and their pets before they look after them. It's free and the idea is that you'll return the favour should they require a pet sitter.

    I can't remember what the name of the site was but I'll contact Must Love Dogs after Easter and get the website for you.

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    my friend went away for 6 weeks and left her dog with me. If you have any friends that might take them (offer to pay expenses and possibly a daily fee - though my friend only paid food which was fine) perhaps that is the way to go?

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    Thanks for all your opinions. We have decided togo with House Swapping as non of our friends can take them and I dont want there to be any chance of them being mistreated in a kennel. Plus it saves on accomadation

    So thank you for all your input it made deciding what would be the best way to go so much easier.
    p.s. Definatly need a bag carrier Nic.! Audition s on Saturday- B.Y.O.B (Bring your own bags!)

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    Hahaha!! Oh i wish i could visit England Perhaps one day

    To many four legged friends to deal with

    So happy things are looking a little easier

    Nic x

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