Leo Gets Boarded
Even though Leo comes with us almost everywhere we go in a normal week, he, unfortunately, has to stay behind when we take a weekend trip somewhere that is not dog-friendly or requires an airplane ride to get there.
The first weekend trip we took without Leo was when he was about 5 months old. Since we didn’t have anyone close to ask to take care of him, we did our research on where to board him. We looked at our vet, a handful of pet boarding facilities, and private home care provided through mobile apps. We decided to leave Leo with a verified pet sitter I had met through an app. Even though he didn’t know what was going on, Leo seemed excited to be dropped off to play with his new friend. Over the weekend I was happy to receive updates and pictures of Leo. When I came back to pick him up, he seemed fine and was happy to come home with me. The next morning, however, Leo was not doing well. He was sneezing, had eye discharge, and wasn’t feeling well. We immediately took him to the vet and he had contracted an infection. Luckily, he was perfectly fine a week later after a round of antibiotics.
After our first experience boarding Leo, we were very weary about what we could do when we took trips. There was a pet’s hotel near us that we decided to try because the facility looked very clean, they required vaccinations, and we did our puppy training in the same location. We didn’t get picture updates when we were gone, but when we picked Leo up he was a very happy and healthy pup. We’ve been taking Leo to the same place since then and we’re happy we don’t have to worry about Leo too much when we take a weekend trip. He’s always been happy to walk in, so happy that he drags us to the check-in counter and doesn’t even glance back at us after being handed over to an employee.