Dog Files Viewpoint: Iâ€™ll Be Back Soon!
By KatyBeth Jensen For The Dog Files
In several weeks, my son and I will head to Alaska on vacation.Â My Jack Russell, Rascal, will be left behind for the first time with someone other than my husband or my mother.Â After her initial shock at not coming along, Rascal probably wonâ€™t even notice Iâ€™m gone. Jack Russells are like that. On the other hand, I’m having terrible separation anxiety before Iâ€™ve even packed my first bag. Â Rascal has slept next to me every night since we brought her home. On the rare occasions I have left her home overnight, she easily substituted my husband or mom as her sleeping partner. Jack Russells are like that. I, on the other hand, didnâ€™t sleep worth a woof. When I tell my clients that I understand how hard it is to leave their pups, they know without a doubt that I do.Â
As a professional pet spoiler and petprietor of Camp Run-A-Pup, I can share a few tips which might make it easier when you have to leave your pups behind. Â
If you can find a reliable caregiver, your pups will be happiest at home. Here is the catch, though. Only leave your pups at home with your mother. Okay, if your mother is not available, then only consider friends you would trust with your car.Â
Do not rely on the friend playing with your adorable Lab puppy in May when she says, â€œOh, he can stay with me over 4th of July.â€ Your puppy will be bigger, splashing in his water bowls, turning your kitchen into a swimming pool, and using your work clothes as a beach towel.Â Your friend will not be amused by these stories, and will suddenly be very busy. Have a back-up plan.Â
While looking for the â€œnext best place to homeâ€ for your pupâ€™s vacation stay, here are few things to remember:Â
It wonâ€™t be easyÂ to leave my pups when we head out on vacation, even for someone who knows without a doubt â€œthey will be just fine.â€Â I will pack my bags, kiss their noses and announce, â€œWe are going to have a great time!â€ Then Iâ€™ll tell them, â€œIâ€™ll be back real soon,â€Â shut the door quickly, and whisper to myself, â€œIâ€™ll be back real soon.â€Â
How do you deal with leaving your pups when you go on vacation?Â
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Katybeth is a professional pet spoiler, living in the Chicagoland area, running her own business, Camp-Run-A-Pup. Camp Run-A-Pup spoils other peopleâ€™s pups, and they do it really well. Katybeth lives with and loves three dogs of her own, Rascal, a Parsonâ€™s Terrier (AKC recognizers her as a Parsonâ€™s; you might recognize her as a Jack Russell), Skippy, a Schipperke with a personality disorder, and Scooby, a beagle that might belong to a neighbor. Katybeth’s newest family star is Soquel’s Last Souvenire, or as they like to call her, Trinket, a show-stopping Doberman pup. Katybeth co-owns Trinket with her mom because she likes being on the winning side of the dog show arena and wanted the rights to tell the real unabridged stories of the oddities of dog showing. the movie Dog Show did not even come close to telling. Katybeth also enjoys writing her blog — My Odd Family. Dogs, dog people, dog shows and owning a dog business combined with hearth, home and family never leaves her at a loss for material to write about.