I know, I know...it's been so long that I've talked about him since being a bit
Here's our Mac.
He really IS a good boy at heart. He loves to play with his kong, he LOVES taking walks, he's friendly (umm..ook....OVERLY friendly), and he loves to give kisses. He's completely house-trained. Loves to play fetch. Sleeps soundly through the night at the bottom of our bed. And? He also is a great protector of his baby sister.
Now, where does the sadness part come in, you ask?
Well, my entire family is going on a vacation in a few weeks to the beach. Sadly, the pup can't come with us. We've had to get pet-sitters for Mac before. We've tried everything. We took Mac to camp-out at someone else's home for a week. We've had people come stay in our home to keep him in his own, comfortable environment.
He is TERRIBLE when we are away. Like, it's really, really frustrating. We've pretty much exhausted all our options when it comes to having pet-sitters for our boy, because, if someone has done it once, they don't WANT to do it again--because he.was.that.bad. [Let me interject and say my parents are the best, and will always take him for us, like when Emeline was born...but, this time they'll be on vacation with us!]
I always leave the friends who are watching Mac with his typical schedule written out, plenty of food and treats, and everything that would make Mac feel comfortable. The problem is...I can't leave myself and Declan behind...and that....that's the problem.
You see, he has anxiety issues when Declan or I leave. I guess, attachment issues. He literally forgets all his normal schedules, pees or poops in his cage, and sometimes even gets physically sick and throws up. So, he makes way more work on the person or people watching him. Which equals frustrating. Which equals NO more pet-sitters willing to watch Mac (or that we're willing to ask, for fear of getting tomatoes thrown at us).
Also? It's literally painful when I call to check-in on him. I get the whole, "um...it's going.......[long pause]...okay....", and then mommy-guilt (Yes, it happens with DOGS) sets in, I can't enjoy my vacation what-so-ever because I'm feeling so bad that my dog is burdening others. Seriously. It sucks, big time.
I think our friends are pretty sure we lie when we say he IS a good dog at home with us. They probably roll their eyes and are like, "Yea...umm...suuuuuure". But, minus a few issues here or there, he is. That's the truth.
We've come to the conclusion that our one and only option for this trip is to board him at a kennel for the week. Sounds horrific, right? Even though I've visited the place, it's really nice, family-owned and operated, the dogs get out for hours on end a day (with lots of playtime with other dogs)....I feel sad about leaving him.
I have legitimate fears about how he'll be upon return. All week I'll be wondering if he thinks we've totally abandoned him. Will the other dogs be nice to him? [Seriously, I know, right? I'm pathetic.]
The one thing that's making this entire thing easier is that Mac's best friend, and doggie-cousin, Chase is going with him. They know eachother, they love eachother, they play together often.
So, while my heart's a little sad. I know its really our only option. I've done my homework. I've checked the place out. He'll be taken care of properly. We'll miss the heck out of him. But, he'll be there when we return.
Over the next few weeks, I'm gonna be giving him lots of extra cuddles and belly rubs.
I think its evident I already feel sad about having to do this...so, please...no hateful comments. K,thanks.