I'm Having a Little Separation Anxiety

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Real Estate Agent with Russell Real Estate Services
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The best way to encourage business is to plan a trip.  Just now it's sinking in....I'm going on vacation....in January.....to someplace warm.  I've never been to Florida before and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to go.  But, like I said, business is picking up---right now!  Everything was going along just fine.  Reservations made, check, Post Office notified, check, packing done, check.....and then the calls start coming.  Oh well, have phone and computer, will travel---and do business:) 

And then there is the matter of....THE DOG.  We go through this every time we plan to leave town.  We don't have family nearby, the dog sitters don't come this far out, no college students on break, so that leaves THE KENNEL.  Now, we think we have found a great kennel.  Big Dog Kennel in Berlin Heights is super clean and has spacious accommodations, as far as kennels are concerned.  Kim Gerbrecht the owner gives each dog special one on one time each day and they get lots of exercise time.  He has his special bed, his favorite toys, treats, and an outdoor run.  

So why do I feel like I'm putting him in jail when I leave him.  scoop

Is it because he starts whining when we turn down the lane to the kennel and starts running back and forth in the back seat of the truck, or because he goes spread eagle when we try to go in the doorway, or because he turns into a whirling dervish when the door to his kennel is opened?  After all, what's not to like.  It is an excellent 4x8 cell space, plenty of room for a full grown, adult German Shepherd Dog.  Right?

What if he doesn't eat enough?  What if he gets bored?  What if he gets cold? Ok, I know he won't get cold.  What if he MISSES ME?  

 Now, I really am a rational woman.  On the deepest level I know he will be just fine.  He won't waste away, he won't go stir crazy and he won't spend his days pining away for me---or will he?

I've turned him into a near human.  I think he can spell, because when I say do you think it's time  to go for a W-A-L-K, he knows.  He knows when it's Friday night because he takes me right to the pantry for his "Big Chewy" of the week.  I don't know how he does it.  I think he know something is up already.  He's got that Hang Dog look going on.

I reassure myself that he's like a child that cries and carries on when they are dropped off at the babysitters and then are fine the minute you turn your back.

He'll be fine, he'll be fine, he'll be fine.....I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine.........

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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
Russell Real Estate

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6203 Milan Rd. Sandusky, OH   44870

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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You both will be fine! And you will have a wonderful vacation. Take your camera and share some good times with us.

Margaret

Jan 14, 2011 01:07 AM #1
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Don MacLean
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He'll have more fun than you

Places to go, other bums to sniff lol

Enjoy the day

Jan 14, 2011 01:10 AM #2
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Lynda White
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You have a beautiful dog. I always miss my cats when I'm gone on vacation too. It's a shame that pets are so much trouble to travel with so that you can't take them with you. You'll be okay after you get there! Have a great time!

Jan 14, 2011 01:12 AM #3
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Thanks for the encouragement.  I know I will be fine.

Margaret -  I will be taking lots of pictures and hope to share something special when I get back--or maybe while I'm still there

Don - Lots and Lots of new smells.  It's his greatest joy in life, after eating of course.

Lynda -  Thank you, we think he's beautiful too, or should I say handsome.  We've thought about taking trips with him, but he's a poor traveler.  We thought he would outgrow the carsickness he had as a puppy, but, NO.  He still loves riding in the truck though.

Jan 14, 2011 01:19 AM #4
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Susie Rae Scott

Thanks for the morning chuckle, sister!  Starting to look forward to your daily blogs now -- no pressure or anything.  ;oP  Hope business stays steady while you're playing!

Jan 14, 2011 01:26 AM #5
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Kathy

He has you just where he wants you, wrapped around his front paw! Tail wagging to assure you that is a good place for you to be. And why not unconditional love is hard to come by! Have Fun 

Jan 14, 2011 01:59 AM #6
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Thanks sister, Thanks Kathy.  I'll be in touch

Jan 14, 2011 02:05 AM #7
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Laura J. Lycans
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Vacations in Florida are my busiest times, I am just not sure if that is a good thing or not! While at Disney World I was negotiating. One year later while driving to Busch Gardens in Tampa I was also negotiating a contract. I vacationed in Tennessee last year and no one even called! I am going back to vacations in Florida where I can spend money and make money at the same time!

Jan 14, 2011 04:33 PM #8
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Mike Carlier
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He will be fine.  Try to make the incarceration event as quick and emotion-free as possible, and he will adjust more easily.  We're told that dogs have little sensation of time, so a week away is not much worse for them as an hour.  I remember my last vacation without dogs.  It was in the eighties.  That was the year, not the temperature. 

Jan 15, 2011 02:11 AM #9
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Laura,  Hurray for your superior multitasking.  It's a little interruption, for sure, but if there are $$signs to be realized, then you've got to do it.  Taking care of business.....

Mike,  Thanks for commenting.  We both go to the kennel when it's time, but just one of, usually my hubby, takes him back to his space.  He walks him right in and closes the kennel door behind him, he tells him we'll be back and walks away.  You're right, the more emotional we are, the worse he seems to behave.  So, do you take your dogs on vacation with you?  Tell me you've gone away on vacation since then....

Jan 15, 2011 09:40 AM #10
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Mike Carlier
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Mary, we have traveled probably too much.  Lost a sixteen yaer old in 2009 who was allowed to sit on the lap of the passenger when she was a pup.  She never grew out of it, and rode in the passenger seat always, either on a lap if there was one, or the whole seat if not.  I estimated that she spent around a quarter million miles in the right front, and she spent about 750 nights in hotels.  Much of the travel was dog related, for shows and trials.

Jan 16, 2011 01:27 AM #11
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Karen Burket
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That's a great post, Mary!  Like you, we generally have to leave our beloved Rodney at the Kennel also.  Fortunately, he doesn't seem to mind it to much.  No whining or spread eagle at the door way.  The first time we took him we noticed he had lost a little weight; I guess that was to be expected since he wasn't receiving his daily dose of table scraps.  lol

 

The folks who own and operate the kennel are fantastic folks and like yours, they spend a lot of one on one time with them.

 

Enjoy your trip to Florida and enjoy the abundance of slurppy kisses you will get upon your return.

Best~

Karen

Jan 19, 2011 08:46 AM #12
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Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Mike,  I know what you mean about the front seat.  I'm a little croweded when I get to ride in the truck.  But, I think Scoop prefers his own seat and not to share it.  We've never had a show dog, but appreciate all the work that goes into that.

Karen,  I know Scoop is in good hands.  I do worry about his eating habits since he is a "deliberate" eater.  We leave his kibble out and he grazes at home, but I think at the Kennel there is a defined dinner time.  Thenks for  your support and the trip is turning out to be quite wonderful.

 

 

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