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Thanks, guys! I'm glad to hear that there shouldn't be any issues with taking him with us. I was a bit worried that it would be "too much" for a young puppy just settling into a new home.
Bizby
Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old.

what kind of puppy is he?
also don't forget to post pics when Lexi arrives!
We' like to leave on vacation August 14th for a week at the beach. Our options are: 1) Take Lexi with us. This would mean a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

that's kinda long but do-able. make some stops and keep him as stress free as possible.
2) Kennel Lexi would he be done with his puppy shots by 12 weeks? Is this even possible?

I don't like this idea at all. he's so young.
3) Kennel the puppy with friends. I have some friends moving into a new home on a farm with a ... addition to the puppy), there would be no other dogs, so no worries about kennel cough or other doggie diseases.

if friends agree this is a good choice too.
4) Send the hubby and kids off to the beach while I stay home with the pets.

don't miss your own vacation. take the pups or leave them with friends if possible.
I really don't want to do option 2, even if it is possible. He'll only have been with us for ... dogs before as adults, so while they are responsible people, I do worry about the level of care they'd receive.

if given proper info and help, can they do a good job if he needs to stay with them?
Then there's the feeling of abandoning Lexi again.

when Maui was almost 5 months old, I had a business trip that was unavoidable and he couldn't go. I left him with my parents (I lived with them so he didn't have to change houses which was good). I missed him thoroughly and was greeted nicely when I finally came home but I don't think any damage was done. I also had to leave him for 3 days for business when he was younger, I think only 11 or so weeks old. He stayed at my brothers house who had a huge dog but they got along great and he was fine. I missed him a lot but no damage was done, he still bonded with me alot and I don't think he felt abandoned because he played, slept and ate fine when I was gone both times.
My preference is 1, if it's feasible for Lexi. It is a dog-friendly cottage, and I'll have his crate with ... I'm afraid I'm going to be left with. It's what I'll do though, if it's best for Lexi. Opinions? Bizby

good luck
Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old.

what kind of puppy is he? also don't forget to post pics when Lexi arrives!

There's a pic of her at 2 weeks at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13984748@N00 /
That was taken about a week ago.
We' like to leave on vacation August 14th for a ... a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

that's kinda long but do-able. make some stops and keep him as stress free as possible.

If I can convince hubby.
2) Kennel Lexi would he be done with his puppy shots by 12 weeks? Is this even possible?

I don't like this idea at all. he's so young.

I agree.
3 might be okay, if they will agree. Though they ... I do worry about the level of care they'd receive.

if given proper info and help, can they do a good job if he needs to stay with them?

I think so. They are good, responsible people. But they aren't "dog people."
The biggest "if" is that they haven't moved into the house yet. So I haven't
inspected the kennels to see how they are. They are in the barn, indoor/ outdoor. I'm sure there would be no air conditioning in the indoor part, but it would be shaded. They have kids that would probably get a kick out of caring for a puppy. sigh I'd still rather have him along if I can convince DH.
Bizby
what kind of puppy is he? also don't forget to post pics when Lexi arrives!

There's a pic of her at 2 weeks at / That was taken about a week ago.

that's adorable!!! thanks for sharing! what breed is she?

good luck with the convincing. remember that it should get easier when she is actually in the house and she wins his heart and begs not to be left alone!
There's a pic of her at 2 weeks at / That was taken about a week ago.

that's adorable!!! thanks for sharing! what breed is she?

He's a mixed breed. Should be small and shaggy. I can't wait to get an updated picture!!!
Bizby
Awww, what a little beauty!
Brandy
Say goodnight Gracie... Goodnight Gracie
Awww, what a little beauty!

Thank you!!!
Bizby