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Q: College students and dogs...

November 10, 2008 | By Kimber | 18 answers | Expired: 2137 days ago

Kimber

I am a junior at Chico State, my freshman year I bought a dog from the Butte Humane Society, He is my dearly beloved Cairo. This summer much to my mothers disappointment I rescued a Chihuahua puppy... my question is, Has anyone ever owned a dog while at a college a good distance from their parents? What did you do for holidays (flying is ridiculously expensive)? How were you able to deal with parents who love your babies but are frustrated with traveling and living situations?

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Bailey  L.
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Nov 19, 2008

I got someone to dog sit for me while I was away, or I brought the dogs home with me and dealt with it.

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Dustin  A.
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Nov 16, 2008

I would just find a friend to help you out I always watched my friends dogs for me which was nice for me because I didnt have a dog at the time

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Jessica P.
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Nov 14, 2008

I lived 10+ hours from my family while I was in college, and had pets. Sometimes I would drive with them back "home" and they would stay at various relatives, in the garage or basement occasionally..I also had friends where I lived that would pet sit for me, and I for them on kind of a good friend tab. If you choose to use a bording facility make sure you go to one that people recommend and you visit first. ..If you take your pets for the drive get seatbelts for the dogs. Also really work on training, a good trained dog can win over nearly anyone. respect boundaries that other place especially in the meeting phases. Also, not everyone in college goes home for the holidays, so if it is not possible to take your pets, or get friends to watch them, maybe try to hire a pet-sitter to stay at your place (get a break from the dorms) in exchange fortaking care of your furbabies. good luck

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Tiffany P.
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Nov 12, 2008

There are many places that will take care of your pet while your away. Check into any vet office. I know it tough to be away from them. When you take them to a vet, you know they are walked and well fed!

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APlusPetNanny
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Nov 12, 2008

Hiring a professional pet sitter is a great way to feel comfortable leaving your pets while you're vacationing. Professional Pet Sitters are insured to protect your pets and home, keep up on continuing education by staying in contact with colleagues, attending seminars, and educating themselves through the many resources available on the web and in print. Because we do this for a living, we are passionate about it and your pets health and well being are our first priority.

Additionally, your pets won't feel the stress of traveling by air or being kept in a strange place. They can stay in their own comfortable environment while maintaining their daily routines, and getting individual attention and exercise. Check out your area to find a professional pet sitter - most companies offer free consultations to help plan your pets' vacation!

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TRICIA M.
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Nov 11, 2008

IF YOU CANT CARE FOR THEM I AGRRE A CLOSW FRIEND I THINK THE BEST WAY TO GO FOR YOUR BABIES YOU WANT THE BEST FOR THEM AND THAT IS YOU BUT IF YOU CANT FOR WHAT EVER THE REASON IS THE NEXT BEST THING IS YOUR BEST PAL

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Tracy C.
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Nov 11, 2008

I would agree that the best thing to do is find a friend who is able to take care of them in the event that you cannot. Flying is expensive, as you mentioned, and some airlines accommodations for animals are less than stellar. If you can drive and can take the puppy home, go for it, just remember to stop often. If not, you can ask a friend at your college to house sit or let the dog live with him. Some boarding places for animals can be nice, but you have to watch for cost. A close friend is your best bet

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Heather
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Nov 11, 2008

Find a petsitter, but make sure you check several of their references. You want to make sure the person you are entrusting you pet and home to are honest and reliable. I bring my dogs along almost all of the time, but if not my friend Nikki watches them for me at her house. They love aunt Nikki!

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Leslie R.
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Nov 10, 2008

Although I am a university professor rather than a student, my situation is similar. I bring my dogs when I can drive and when the destination is dog-friendly. Sometimes I have to leave the dogs at home - either for their own sanity or to be fair to family. I always get a dog sitter to stay at my home. I have been able to find reliable local college students who normally live at home (nearby). They are typically glad to get out of their house for the holidays, and my pets get to stay where they are comfortable. I pay the students some, but it is not nearly what a kennel would want, and my pets are much happier at home. Of course, I always leave detailed pet care instructions. I would rather have my dogs with me all the time, but that isn't always realistic.

Good luck finding a solution that works for you.

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Nov 10, 2008

My family has learned that I only go where my dog can go. I don't go on vacations unless she can go too, and thus I haven't been back home for the last two summers/Christmases. When you adopt a dog, you adopt a family member.

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