What to do with pet while gone

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by mattlreese, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. NothingsChocking

    NothingsChocking Active Member

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    Why I agree with the point you are making in the case of a beloved pet, I don't see eye to eye with your analogy; I would leave a dog alone in the camper if I had too before I left a young human -- the value of the latter well supersedes the former, we must never forget that. With that said, there is no reason to ever put an animal in jeopardy and proper care is always necessary for the sack of a pet. Great post and question.
     
  2. Snow

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    To some, the animal is their kid, so they feel the same way about leaving a dog alone as others (like yourself) feel about leaving a kid..
     
  3. kudzu

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    My dogs are adults & for the most part I don't find it valid to compare them to human children. My adult dogs are much more mature, responsible and trustworthy than human children.
     
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  4. nhlakes

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    Since we do a lot of camping, there have been many times over the years where we have listened to dogs bark off and on for hours inside a camper (usually usually a hard sided camper.) I'm sure the owners assumed the dog was absolutely fine the whole time they were gone.

    We do not own dogs at the moment, but we love dogs, and my son and his wife currently have a dog that they bring most places. We were hiking on a trail in Shenandoah National park with them and their dog a couple of weeks ago and a huge german shepard lunged at their dog and the small woman walking it could absolutely not control it. It pulled her a few feet forward when it lunged at my son's dog and nearly nipped it. Scared the heck out of my son's dog. Her comment was simply 'don't worry about it, she's just playing, she's fine' as she struggled in vain to control her dog.

    Unfortunately many dog owners expect everyone else just to tolerate their dogs behavior. I love dogs and enjoy camping with and next to well behaved dogs (we had an awesome miniature husky next us to a couple weeks ago, first time I have seen that breed) but I don't enjoy camping next to barking dogs left in campers.
     
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  5. Toedtoes

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    This always comes back as the "its a dog not a person" argument. This isn't about equating an animal to a person - that's a subjective choice to be made individually. Rather, it's about the commitment you make to care for that animal or person. That commitment isn't less because it's an animal - you agreed to care for that animal when you gave it a home and it's your responsibility. No "it's just a dog" excuses to justify being less than committed to its health and well being.
     
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  6. Toedtoes

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    No bashing. I don't see much difference in using a doggie day care at your destination and a kennel back home. I wouldn't with my Bat-dog only because the kennel I take her to knows her and her issues and I have 40 years of trust with them (owner is a longtime family friend).
     
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    I just got back from a week camping trip. My dogs were on their leash the entire time. I did let go of the leash once when we were headed to the creek. It was rough terrain and with my dominant hand broken, I was holding them with my other hand. The strength just isn't there and after almost tripping, I let go for a second. It took them less than a minute to have jumped in the creek. Of course, they couldn't get back up our of the water due to the drop, so I had to get help from another camper. No more exploring after that - we stayed where I knew it was safe.

    But, that is why I always have hold of them. Too easy for something to go wrong too quick for prevention otherwise.
     
  9. NothingsChocking

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    No where in my post do I incline "just a dog" and such; you don't know me to say where my argument leads. I expressed my concern for pets in my post as well. If it was an argument on the human life over the pets I will stand by the human, but for the sake of trying not to hijake this thread with defense of my opinion -- I submit; it is a point that has weight in philosophical opinions and I don't care to impose my will on anyone. Happy camping to you and your part Newfie.
     
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  10. Toedtoes

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    I wasn't directing that at you as an accusation, but just clarifying my post.
     
  11. landon6062

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    Well lots to learn from this thread.. Thanks everyone..

    um guess I need to check into DOGGIE day-care near our campgroud choices..

    One of the reasons we choose to get a camper was so we could take our dog/babies with us..

    Even so I am a bit nervous about the whole idea..

    Number one..

    what is a baby to me, would not seem like a BABY to anyone else..
    Rescued animals: mixed dalmatian/ boxer.. and mixed Pit bull/lab..

    Dalmatian mix is SUPER SMART...and SUPER Obedient
    Pit/lab mix.. GENTLE GIANT.. 70lbs.. a SWEET HEART, but dumb as a rock, and unfortunately CLUMSY.. she doesn't understand that she is NOT a lap dog..

    I certainly don't want my babies to be seem Threatening to anyone else..

    And I have "wondered" about leaving them in the CAMPER for some thing as simple as having DINNER at a restaurant..(guess we need to practice that at home)

    Just note I am an OVER PRECAUTIOUS? person..

    I Doubt I would enjoy myself leaving them for any reason: IE: worrying about the A/C, someone stealing my dogs.. dogs ripping camper walls or perhaps even barking.. I just don't know, very anxious about it all.... ugg..

    Thanks for the thread and the ideas..
     
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  12. Dan from Troup

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    I know the feeling and we don't leave ours either unless we're visiting someone in the family and then they'll be inside a home. Otherwise Toby goes everywhere we go, including going out to eat. If it's not pet friendly we won't eat there and if we're out of options, we'll get take out and eat it in our vehicle. Toby loves this as he scores big time. [CK]This sometimes is akward and inconvienient but it's the sacrifice we make to keep him safe and happy and the benefits still outweighs the hassles. :p IMG_20171226_083015_033.jpg
     
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    Toby our 6lb. Morkie and Penny our newest fur baby. Penny came into our lives as a rescue kitty as a Christmas gift to Deb.
     
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  14. landon6062

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    Every time you mention TOBY my heart takes a Leap, .... I once had a "TOBY" a 5lb shih tzu, he was a DREAM BABY.. unfortunately he is not with us anymore, 5 years now.. But I still have moments of "grieving" over him..
     
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    Sorry you lost your Toby. This brings tears to me. They're all so precious.
     
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    This is our rescues that we adopted as babies..

    EMMA and PEEPS.. (odd name, I know, but there is a reason for that.. lol)
     

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  18. Dan from Troup

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    Lap dogs? We have 4 others too, full size dogs that don't go traveling with us. The little ones like Toby are pocket size and can easily travel with us. Do you travel with yours?
     
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  19. landon6062

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    Well.. they go places with us.. Lowes.. etc.

    But we are COMPLETELY NEW to the camping world.. Never even stayed in a TENT.

    SO this is a completely new experience for them and us...We do desire to travel with them!! in fact, I want to LIVE in a camper after my husband retires, but it would have to be much BIGGER than this one..

    OH yes.. they are LAP DOGS..bed babies, snuggle bugs and much more to us..
     
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  20. Dan from Troup

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    They look like really sweet dogs. Do you have a local state park you can try out with your camper and do a test run?
     

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