After three holidays with Handsome Hektor which he did not seem to enjoy we decided to try Home Boarding where he went to live with a carer, had a doggie holiday without us and did not have his routine upset.
This weekend we popped him into the car with all his stuff, bedding, bowls, toys and food and took him down to the carers home. This carer also has a dog of her own, a little Shih Tzu who is used to sharing his home with any amount of other dogs. We made this arrangement through a Girl we met whilst walking in our local Park. I know this sounds a bit dodgy when said like this, but we have known her for over a year and have met lots of other clients and carers in this time.
It turned out that the Lady who finally looked after Hektor has a teenage Daughter who wants a Pug but her Husband would prefer to have another Shih Tzu and having Hektor to stay was a way of finding out what the difference was.
We turned up on Friday Morning around nine in the worst freezing fog we have seen in many a year, took him in and left him. We had intended to drive up to nearest large city, have lunch and do some Christmas shopping but had to spend the day in our own town, rather too close to stop wondering about the dog. We resisted the urge to phone up and ask, as we considered that this would not be fair and after all it was to find out if he would be alright without us, and once home, realised how empty the house was, but as we both were really tired with all the walking about the shops etc., we were early to bed. We both missed the gentle snoring but fell quickly asleep.
Next day the weather had not improved but we had house work to do as we had a viewer for our house, which we are trying to sell, so we were very busy. When we were finally free, we walked down to our local supermarket, still wondering how our little man was doing.
Finally it was nearly six o'clock and we could go and get him.
When we arrived his carer said laughingly that she was keeping him and that he had been so good, he had even managed to be a perfect gentleman over food and he had shown no food aggression to Shiloh, which as he is an only dog, I was worried about. She did wonder if we lived in a bungalow as Hektor would not go up stairs, and we laughed as we live in a three storey Town House. Hektor does not use stairs in the house, he gets carried up and down the stairs by my Husband. He slept beside the bed of the Daughter and had inveigled himself into the affections of the Son.
So you will realise where Hektor will be spending his holiday from now on and I am so glad that we have this facility as it would have been cruel to continue with taking him away from home on holiday.

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Comment by Pug Chick on April 8, 2010 at 9:38am
Was just reading some of your stuff and wanted to tell you the story of Puga's one and only sleep over. We were only going to be gone for one night and could not take her with us. So my neighbor and good friend said she would keep Puga. When we got back she said never again. Evidently Puga wnet into deep separation anxiety and would not eat or sleep and whined all night. Poor baby :( So now we either go places we can take them or we have someone come stay at our house and dog sit. She seems to do fine as long as she is in her own home. Oh the things and the lengths we go to for our beloveds.
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on December 30, 2009 at 8:20pm
He sounds like the perfect little house guest! :0)
Comment by Helena Brown on December 16, 2009 at 6:45am
Thanks folks, this is a new experience for me. My other two only stayed the once with my Mum and I was informed that they could not be left ever again, and they never were. Unfortunately Hektor has not taken to holidaying and we had to find a solution as he was not happy and neither were we. Our family is getting smaller and my in-laws are either in full time work or as my Mother-in-Law's case very elderly. The Lady he is staying with says he is just a cuddle. I had to try this now before he got to old to try as I think this was the problem with the other two, and Julie I would be just the same with your little tribe as you are.
Comment by julie foutch on December 14, 2009 at 12:00pm
I'm glad to be able to be home with mine as the only place i go is to the store and my son is here till i get back and when i go to a friends house they come to.I couldn't leave mine when i go shopping i try to get it done as i feel bad for leaving them just for that little while.I'm glad this works for hektor,if i were there i would watch him as he's such a sweetie and he would get loved to pieces guess i'm just a devoted mom have to be with my angels.
Comment by Debbie Ruggles on December 14, 2009 at 10:14am
So wonderful you found a place for Hektor to day. If it weren't for my mother who happily sits with her grandson Mugsey when we go out of town, I can only imagine how nervous I would be!

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