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  1. jpbhen

    jpbhen Beach Fanatic

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    is there a good place on or near 30A to board pets (cats) for a week or so? my guys have never boarded, so a "homey" atmosphere would be excellent. any suggestions?
     
  2. AliKat

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    We used Emerald Coast Kennels on 393. We have had very good experience there with our dog. They are on located on the road next to French Laundry.
     
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    We also use Emerald Coast Kennels. Have always been pleased with them, but my Lab is getting old and wants a good looking young blonde to baby sit her while we are out of town. Of course our pet sitter moved back to La. Our old cat loves it there. The kennels do not have a down couch to sleep on some my lab prefers to stay at home.

    the hutch
     
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    While I have never used her kennel, I do other business with the owner and she is a really nice and caring person. Probably the best thing you are going to find in the area. www.eckennel.com is her web address.
     
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    We love Emerald Coast Kennels as well!:clap:
     
  6. Matt J

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    There is also one in PCB on Front Beach Road that has a Dog/Cat boarding spa. Probably way out of the way and overpriced though.
     
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    :wub:Romeo loves Emerald Coast Kennels.
     
  8. jpbhen

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    thanks for the info everyone! we will need to board the cats this spring when we do a week long side trip from seagrove. this is really helpful.
     
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    Daisy the Lab loves Emerald Coast Kennels as well. Dragging her into the vet's office is interesting, but the last time we had to board her, she RAN to the front door at ECK and scratched to get in. You know the first day that your kid goes to day care and doesn't cry, but just strolls in without giving you so much as a second glance? It was like that.
     
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    You & your kitties live in SoWal, right? Why stress your cats by boarding them out when kitties are SO MUCH happier staying in their own home?

    Call Russelle Torcasso "At Your Service" 267-0404.
    We love Russelle...she has taken care of my 2 kitties right here at "our" home every time I've needed to be out of town for over 2 years. My kitties (like many cats) are SHY with most people... but are so calm & happy when I get home that I know they've been well loved by their "Aunty Russelle". She also takes care of picking up mail, watering plants, rotating lights, etc. etc. (She's bonded & insured ... one of only a couple of people who have keys to my house).

    Call her... she'll come meet you & your babies before hand and I'm certain you will all love her. My kitties & I consider her part of our family!
     
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    Y'know, before I posted above, I didn't realize you were inquiring about cats. Emerald Coast Kennels is probably good with cats, but the thought of boarding my cats has never ever crossed my mind. Cats who don't know each other normally don't play together well. :blink:

    I'd probably go with Dune-Ahh's advice.
     
  12. Matt J

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    We don't board our cats, just extra food, water, and a clean litter box. That's for trips 2 days or less, otherwise we have a friend stop by and "freshen" the litter box and check food and water. We have one of those top loading feeders and water dishes.
     
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    Romeo does that tooo!! It makes me feel so much better that he likes being at teh kennel. He HATES the Vet's office. I think he just misses Dr. Saer.
     
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    being at "the" kennel. The fingers move faster than the brain.
     
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    My family usually just pays someone to stay at the house w/ the dog(s).

    It's actually cheaper than a kennel, your pet is in the comfort of your home, you don't have to adjust your travel plans to coordinate w/ kennel hours, you don't have to worry about your home being an unoccupied invitation to burglars, and you also don't have to arrange for mail/newspaper pickup.
     
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    I ran into Diane Croft, ownere of Emerald Coast Kennels today and she said that they are now offering to go onsite to homes and take care of pets as a new service. Just passing along information, their website is www.eckennel.com.
     
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    I've thought about having a pet sitter. But what if s/he accidentally lets the dog out into an unfenced area and the dog runs off and gets hit by a car? Or what if s/he lets the dog out on the patio, doesn't keep an eye on the dog, a deer or another dog walks through the backyard, and my dog gets excited and jumps over the wall and runs off (she's capable of jumping over the wall -- she just doesn't know it -- that's why I don't let her out of my sight when she's out on the patio)? I also worry about the person forgetting to turn on the burglar alarm, or talking to someone about whose dog s/he is keeping and some criminal overhearing the conversation and breaking into our house. That's how our last break-in happened -- someone overheard a conversation that one of my colleagues was having about us being out of a town, and that person and her husband broke into our house. One of the disadvantages of a small town -- you lose your anonymity.

    So that's why we don't go anywhere we can take our dog. I don't want her at a kennel, and I don't trust anyone except my husband to watch her as carefully as I do.

    While on the subject of pets, our daughter got a cat without our permission. She knows I despise cats. They creep me out the way they get on kitchen counters and dining tables -- gross. She wants to come home for a few days and bring the cat. :bang: I'm afraid our dog and her cat won't get along. How likely is it that they will get along? We've always had dogs, so I dunno.
     
  18. jpbhen

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    well . . .even cats and cats sometimes don't get along. we don't even try to mix our cats with the one our son has - when he comes home to visit and brings his cat, we just keep her separate from the rest of the house. she has a litter box and food and water in his room/bathroom, and she stays there. it works very well. you might want to try that.
     
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    Excellent advice.

    It will be less stressful all the way around (for animals and people) if you keep them separated. The cat will already be stressed because cats aren't like dogs- they don't like to go places. Throw bouncy and curious Pepper into the mix and you will have a traumatized cat that will probably pee everywhere. If you have a basement room that is quiet and Pepper can't get near it- perfect. The cat would be better off left in Atlanta with a few bowls of food and water and have a friend check on it.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I didn't know cats don't like to travel. The cat gets mad at daughter if she's away too long, and the cat starts tearing up anything that's made of paper or cardboard. So I'm afraid she'd claw off the wallpaper if we kept her in daughter's bedroom/bathroom area.
     

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