You may have noticed I haven’t posted in a few weeks… Sorry about that! Between driving back to Kansas City for work, driving to Chicago for a wedding, and finally driving to Kansas City then flying to Dallas for another wedding, life has been a bit crazy lately…
When we travel, we typically rely on a dog boarding facility to watch the boys and keep them distracted with doggy daycare so they’re too tired at the end of the day to notice we’re not around. In Kansas City, we had a place we LOVED (shout out to Dog Pawz!). They were life savers while our house was on the market because Chris was traveling five days a week, I was working full time, and the house had to be spotless for showings during the day. So I would drop the boys off on my way to work and pick them up in the evenings after showings were done. They loved going and the staff loved having them. It was fabulous.
But moving to a new city has forced us to find a new home-away-from-home for our boys. It’s hard living in a city where you don’t know many people because there’s nobody to turn to for recommendations for ANYTHING. Doctors, nail salons, veterinarians, hair stylists, doggy daycare, decent sushi, etc. Things that seemed SO simple in Kansas City now require hours of internet research and self-doubt. And a few bad mani/pedis along the way…
After some investigating (and successfully finding a fantastic vet practice near us to get them all up-to-date on vaccines) we decided on a boarding facility not too far from us. They required a VERY involved interview process including a four-page application and hour-long meet-and-greet/behavior test. I felt really good about it after going there, meeting the staff, and watching our boys integrate and play with their daycare group that day. So we got them booked for two weekends in a row!
The first weekend we were in Chicago and everything seemed great. Two days after they got back, however, Cyrus started getting a really goopy eye (I’ll spare you the details). Knowing they were going back in a few days, I decided to take him to the vet in case he was contagious. According to the vet it was a “rip-roarin’ case of conjunctivitis.” So an hour and $100 later, we were on our way with some eye drops. Not a big deal. We understand the risks of a bunch of dogs being together, licking each other, sharing water, etc. Cyrus once caught a tummy bug from other dogs at daycare. It happens.
The next weekend, we had to drive to Kansas City Thursday in order to fly out of KCI to Dallas SUPER early Friday morning (half the cost and travel time of flying out of Des Moines…). So we dropped them off at the boarding facility Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning around 11:00, I got a call from the owner of this facility. She told me our boys had been playing rough, and Bill had a puncture wound on the top of his head that the staff was concerned about. They wanted my permission to take him to see their vet to get it checked out. I gave them permission and they promised to keep me posted. That afternoon they called and said all was well. Bill was fine and didn’t seem at all phased by the ordeal. The wound was cleaned out, he got an antibiotic and the boarding facility took care of the vet bill.
When we picked the boys up Sunday, Bill had a tiny little scab above his eye. It was barely visible. My guess is that because of the location of the cut, it bled a lot and maybe freaked them out a bit, but if it had happened on my watch, I don’t think I’d have worried about it much. Monday afternoon, the owner emailed me to check on the boys, which I thought was so sweet of her.
It’s experiences like this that make me grateful that someone else loves dogs as much as I do, and they’ve built a business out of that love. I think some people might read this and think, Wow, pink eye and an injury? I wouldn’t take my dogs back… But that’s just not how I look at it. I understand that dogs are going to be dogs, but it’s how a facility like this goes about caring for your babies when you’re unable to that makes all the difference in the world. And now I know that this staff is willing to go above and beyond for my boys.
Part of me hates that we have to board them. There are plenty of in-home pet sitters around, but taking these two on walks without much practice is not something I really want to subject an innocent stranger to. And as long as there are boarding facilities that give my boys as much love and care as I do, I suppose we can rest a little easier when we leave town…