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I Shall Board No More Forever – God Willing

My mother died rather suddenly and unexpectedly. My wife and I had to travel to Dothan for 4 days. I knew that there would be a lot of running around to do, a lot of people to see while we were down there, so we were faced with the fact that the dog would have to be boarded. We have left the cats at the vet’s place on several occasions, but cats are pretty independent, and can fend for themselves quite well. A Yorkie, on the other hand, is a pretty high maintenance breed. I was really torn between leaving him or taking him with us. After some time in thought and several conversations with my wife, we decided that we were being over protective and silly, so I loaded Jasper, his pillow, and a couple of his favorites toys up and headed off to his weekend getaway.

On our way back, we knew we were going to be in late, so my wife had her mother pick Jasper up from the vet and take him to our house. She was to put him in his crate and then we would be there a few hours later. Well, when we got home and let him out I was shocked. He was very glad to see us, and we were glad to see him, but our initial greeting was cut short with an immediate trip to the bathtub. He had a solid knot of “you know what” caked into his tail and hind quarter hair. It was pitiful and smelled horrible. It had to have been there for quite some time – days. His rear end was raw were he apparently kept dragging it across the cage he was in, no doubt trying to clean himself off. Even after I bathed him, he would drag his rear end across the carpet, I’m sure it was sore and itched as it began to heal.

He was full of fleas too. We usually use Frontline Plus drops on him and they work great, but, it was at the end of the 30 day cycle and the last round I used on him was not the “Plus” version. I guess that was no match for the fleas at the boarding pad. His digestion still isn’t right and it’s been over a week now since we’ve been home. I need to get him back on our evening walking routine, but we have been so swamped with paperwork and estate matters lately that we just haven’t had the time. But I can assure you of one thing – that is his last visit to that place (if I have anything to do with it in the future). So, if you must board your Yorkshire, check the place out well and talk to those who have used them for that reason before. They may be a great vet but they may not care for your pet very well at all.

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