We’re leaving on Wednesday to go finalize and close on the new house. Unfortunately, that means that we’ll have to kennel Jasmine again for a week. We’re putting her, once again, at the PetSmart PetsHotel. They have taken good care of her in the past, and she seems to be okay when we return, although she’s always lost a little weight–it’s unavoidable since she tends not to eat when she’s anxious or in unfamiliar surroundings.
The cost is reasonable–$25/night for a small inside kennel complete with elevated cot bed that keeps her off the floor and twice-daily time outside of the kennel to relieve herself. We also add a $3/day “Treat Time” daily treat–doggie ice cream and a cookie. Ice cream is the one thing we can count on her eating when she won’t eat anything else. We don’t buy the play times. I have observed several group play times during my visits to pick Jasmine up or drop her off. It’s just a room filled with dogs and one guy with a squirt gun. If the dogs get too rambunctious, they squirt the dog. That’s it. Yes, it gets the dog out of the kennel, but there’s very little interaction with the single staff member (1 staff member to 10 to 20 dogs does not a play time make). They also offer training and other items on an Ala Carte basis or I can sign her up for Doggie Day Camp. If I was going to pay that kind of money for her care, I’d put her in a private pet sitter home situation.
I know she’s going to be fine, but every time we have to kennel her, I get anxious. To them, she’s just an animal that they care for; it’s a job. To me, well, that’s my Pup-Pup. She means the world to me, and whether I put her at the PetsHotel or leave her with a friend, I’m pretty anxious about her being away from me and out of my care. Of course, NO ONE could ever take care of her the way *I* do. Nope. So while we’ll be ultra busy closing on the house and getting it ready to rent out, I’ll be thinking a lot about coming back to that cute little face and wagging tail–and the enevitable pee on the carpet out of protest. That’s my girl!