Alright, folks. I have a little dilemma on my hands, annnnd… I need your help.
In the nine months we have had Miss Happy, I have yet to spend a full, solid night away from her.
…I know. Go ahead and judge me.
But it’s true.
Out of all of the trips we have taken so far this year — the 12 hour drive to (and from) Florida for Xmas, our February weekend get-away to Asheville (whoops! Looks like I still need to re-cap that one…), our journey to Cincinnati for my first Marathon, and our recent trip to Wilmington for the 4th of July— the Happster has seamlessly traveled by our side.
I love having her with us. And so does Ryan. We incorporate fun things into our trips that include her and spend time with her bebopping around town checking out new-to-us scenery. Heck, we even hit up the dog park in Wilmington (and came to the realization that Charlotte’s dogpark is majorily lacking!). By the time dinner rolls around, Happy is usually so tuckered out that she hardly even notices if we go out to dinner. I know I’ve said it before, but I just can’t reiterate it enough – she is an angel of a traveler.
That’s why I’m (super!) bummed Happy can’t come with us on our next trip. Ryan just found out that he does not have to travel for work in the beginning of August, so we just booked a trip to Charleston, South Carolina to celebrate his 25th birthday. It’s a place we’ve both been to before, and we loved everything about it. Needless to say, we are both so (SO!!) excited to go back and explore the city more. We are going to be staying at the same place we stayed 2 years ago, and sadly, they do not allow dogs (at least, that’s what the website says. We’ll be calling just to make sure). So in the case that they don’t… I need y’alls advice!
Where on where do we look to board our precious pup?! I’ve scoured the local boarding places here in Charlotte and I’ve read dozens of reviews (Dogtopia, Tuscarora’s Country Club for Dogs, Best Friends Pet Care, Meadow’s Bed and Biscuit, Club K-9 of Charlotte, Continental Boarding, Carolina Doggie Playland, All Wags Doggie Daycare & Boarding, City Dog USA, Dogs Breath Board and Wash, and that’s not all of ‘em!). And…they all say great things.
So, how in the world do we choose? I can’t imagine they’re all peachy-keen and spectacular, so how do we know which ones are the stand-outs? I’ve heard that PetSmart has the PetHotel thing… but I’m not sure if Happy would get played with enough there. I want Happy to be in a place where she’s loved on. I’ve thought about a pet-sitting service, but I’m not too keen on the idea of Happy sitting in her crate all day (minus the few times someone would come to feed her brekkie, dinner and let her out so she can “water” herself).
It’s time like this that I wish I had family living close by. I know my mom would host Happy in a heartbeat, and she’d have a friend (Bella!) to play with allllllll day long! Now that, my friends, would be puppy-heaven.
I don’t believe Ryan quite understands the way I’m feeling. He’s been on quite a few business trips for work and has subsequently spent some nights away from Happy. The closest I’ve come to leaving her for an extended period of time was when Ryan and I drove up to Chapel Hill to see Broadway’s The Lion King for an evening showing. It wasn’t that big of a deal, though, because our awesome neighbors (who have sadly moved away!) watched Happy for us. We were back by 1am, and all was well with the world. (In all honesty, though, I know I’ll be fine with leaving her. We just gotta find the right place for her to stay!).
Indeed, times are a-changin’. I’ll be heading up to Chapel Hill in a few weeks for the orientation for my MPH program, and a week after that, I’ll be headed to Philadelphia for the Healthy Living Summit (YESSSS!). I am super excited for BOTH of these things, and I feel at ease leaving Happy for these trips because I know she’ll be with Ryan, safe and sound at home.
I knew finding a place to board Happy was inevitable. I knew the time was going to come when we’d fly somewhere and she wouldn’t be able to tag along (ahem, like this coming Christmas when we’ll be flying out to Arkansas to spend the holiday with Ryan’s family.) I refuse to “check” Happy as luggage under the plane, so unless we can find a way to put her under our seat, she ain’t comin’ to Arkansas. I’m already so sad about not spending Christmas with her. So, it’s better we find a place for her to stay now, so that we can work out the kinks if it’s not a good fit. At least…that’s what I’m telling myself.
So yes, as you can tell, Ryan and I have definitely turned into “those people.” Okay, so maybe Ryan is still normal (well, as normal you can be for taking your dog to work with you…) but I have definitely become “that girl” who is obsessed with her dog.
Can you blame me?
Have you ever boarded your dog before? How did you go about choosing a boarder venue? Do you have any recommendations for a place in Charlotte? Have you ever used a pet-sitting service? Any horror stories? On second though… don’t tell me any horror stories just yet.