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On May 18th Brock and I are going to Shreveport, LA to see Hank Williams Jr. in concert. We have decided to just spend the night but that brings up the problem what to do with Jaxx. I would love to take him with us but I am having problems finding a hotel that is decent that accepts pets.
I have been out looking at boarding facilities today and I have to say I am overwhelmed. I had always taken my golden retriever to our local vet in WV to board him because they loved him so much that he came home spoiled more if that was possible.
I know that I won't probably find a facility that will take care of Jaxx like I would but I would like to find one that I am confident with.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what to look for in a boarding facility.
We are only going to be gone for probably 24 to 30 hours and I thought about finding a pet sitter but I am not sure I am okay with someone I do not know coming into my home either.
 

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I take it that you don't have any family or friends that could watch him?! When looking for a good place to board him, try to find reviews from people that have boarded their pets there; that will hellp in the decision-making process. I wish I had better info to tell you. I don't know what part of TX you live in to see what I might be able to find you.
 

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I have a private facility that specializes in little dogs. I think what NOT to look for is easier--a kennel with lots of big dogs barking, with cement floors--the usual loud kennel atmosphere. After using my wonderful facility, i would make absolutely certain the staff is loving and caring (to me that is #1). Then the facility has a separate area for little dogs. Blankets etc. should be standard. Of course, a clean environment. Are they fussy about shot records? Good.

When I board my four, two of them never want to come home with me, so I know they love their substitute Mom at their boarding home away from home. Some folks may feel horrified, but I am happy that they are happy with their "other Mom."

good luck!!!
 

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We prefer in home for a number of reasons. I do not give Bordatella shots and it is required at in house facilities. Hope cannot have processed food and even though we would take their food, they board other dogs who would have it and because our girls are very accustomed to our home. I feel safer having them there all together in their own environment. They are the focus of the caregiver. We are going for an overnight visit next week.

Tomorrow we get registered with a service I just learned about. They are coming to the house to get us all checked in, meet the girls and go over our list. I have a 4 page document with everything from bios on each girl (I like to be held, I do not like to be held, etc.) to detail on our house, internet codes, when the girls eat, how much, etc. We are on file with another service. They have our key, our vet has paperwork that they can treat any girl and we signed that in the event of an after hours incident that their vet can treat. That means that if my husband had to take me to the hospital right now, we can call them and they act right away. They go to the house, feed the girls and stay until we call or come home. For up to 3 dogs, the cost is the same.

We did board our boy on 3 occasions. The first time we took him to a big name organization and I would not do that again. He did much better at the independently owned small boarder next door to our Vet's office. They called after the first day and let us know that they put him in with the cats and he did much better and was very happy. The room is super warm and cats do not bark.

Clean and not smelly is a big deal to me. I also do not like places that put them in stacked up metal crates. I want them in a room that has a floor.
 

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I live in Tyler, TX and I have only found a few facilities and unfortunately I have not found any reviews on any of them other than customer testimony on their websites which I don't take to heart most times because I figure they only put up the good comments on their websites. One put them in cages which I am not a big fan of.
One of the ones I visited did not have one animal in the facility. The facility looked nice but part of me says that if there was not one dog or cat boarded in the facility is there something wrong with it. The owner seemed like we were bothering her to be there which I do not want Jaxx to be in a place where his caregivers think he is a bother.
Unfortunately we live in a town where all of our family is up north 16 plus hours away.
I called my vet and asked if they could suggest someone and their answer was no they do not give recommendations on boarding. They have a boarding facility but I was not impressed by it. It is not in the same facility as the vet and it was one of the ones with cages stacked.
 

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I personally would try to take him. This is one reason we have an RV where I can take my chi the majority of the time. I fortunate to have family close that can watch her for those times I can't take her.
 

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I'm with jesuschick. We have always had in house sitters. Go through a reputable company (we use critter sitters). Make sure the sitter is licensed and bonded. They really are great- max doesn't do well with other dogs so this is our only no-cage option. They personalize the care and the dog can stay in their home environment so they are more comfortable. Just my $.02.
 

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I don't know if this is an option for you but if your going to stay in a hotel why not just rent a small RV for the night and take the dog with you. I probubly be the same amount of money your dog would probubly love it. Just a suggestion
 

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How I wish I lived close enough to entertain him. I was just thinking yesterday when I was reading something you had posted, I wish Paco could invite him over for a play date!

Hope you find someone to stay with him that you trust or a good place so you can relax and enjoy yourself!
 

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How I wish I lived close enough to entertain him. I was just thinking yesterday when I was reading something you had posted, I wish Paco could invite him over for a play date!

Hope you find someone to stay with him that you trust or a good place so you can relax and enjoy yourself!
I wish we lived closer too! I sure Jaxx and Paco would have a blast together.
I found some hotels that will let us bring him but most of them are casino hotels and I am not sure my asthma could handle that.
I am going to go see the last couple facilities tomorrow.
I have found several petsitting places but they are all local. I am not sure Brock will agree to it though but it is worth talking to them.
 
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