It was more intense than an Early Admission Interview at Princeton! 

We’re weighing the pros and cons of two options of care for Dawg while we are away. Neither option is 100% perfect so it’s a matter of feeling what’s right from Dawg’s perspective. Getting into her head. 

Today Dawg is spending a half-day at Canine Kindergarten in Mount Kisco.

She was brought into an empty room with one human then one by one, the employee brought other dogs in to meet Dawg and see how she reacts.

We could watch Dawg on the multi-screened monitors.

She did fine, although she was timid and confused.

Meanwhile, WE got the third degree, interviewed by the manager of the center.

How old was Dawg when you got her? Is she socialized? Does she mind being touched? Is she aggressive? Was she trained? Does she share toys?

Then there was a two page conditions agreement that required my initials on about 40 line items. Legalize mostly.

Here’s our pros and cons list for Canine Kindergarten. 


*All day dog and human companionship.

*Playing, running, socialization.

*The center is within walking distance of son’s office so he can check on her and visit her daily.

*24-hour human supervision and computer monitoring.


*Dawg is too old to change her routine 

*Dawg might think she’s been abandoned by us being there two weeks.

*The worry that she’ll bring home a dog disease (even though all dogs must be vaccinated and in good health).

Of course, we don’t even know yet if they will accept Dawg. I’ve been watching her on the CK webcam and so far Dawg has mostly been on the sidelines, checking the other dogs out. 

We have to pick her up at 1:30 at which time we’ll hear how she did and whether they feel she’s a good candidate for boarding. 

Plan B: Next week we are interviewing a local woman who comes to the house to care for the dog. There are Pros and Cons for that option too but I’ll outline those when I do a post on her. 

10 thoughts on “It was more intense than an Early Admission Interview at Princeton! 

  1. I am sure the whole vetting process and acknowledgement of all the various horrors that could befall said pup/doggo are a result of a large entitled class in residence in your burg.

    I’ll be interested in the pros and cons of Plan B (which for the age and temperament of Dawg seems a better choice).

    1. Plan B does seem more suited to Dawg except for two details:
      1. That Dawg could stand some more socialization
      2. That son’s office is right near the dog center, giving him easy access to seeing Dawg daily.
      Plan B leaves Dawg home alone a lot but does give her her own beds and bowls.
      It’s not as easy a choice as we thought. We’re really agonizing.

      1. Maybe your Vet can offer you references for home care.
        They know who is/is not a responsible dog caretaker.

        1. The woman we are interviewing is the absolute best. She lives in Bedford and has been caring for dogs for as long as I’ve lived here. There’s no one better. We’ve just never had the need to hire her.
          She’s the kind of person to whom you can give the security system password and the keys to the house. It’s only, and I mean only, that even if she comes three times a day, that’s a whole lot of alone time for Dawg over a two week period. I don’t want someone living in while we are gone.
          SoundBeacher gave us the name of someone in Stamford who takes dogs into her home and on the surface that idea seems a perfect balance other than its too far away from Bedford son to pop in and say hi to Dawg.

  2. Have you thought about using both approaches? One week at the doggie day spa and the other at your home with the wonderful Bedford woman to care for her during the day. Would it be possible for Dawg to go to work with your son for a few hours?
    No easy answers, I’m afraid.

    1. Yes, we have thought of that option but I’m not sure Dawg would like the inconsistancy. More than anthing she’s used to a routine and I think whichever option we choose, we should stick to that same routine for the whole two weeks. I’m afraid it’ll mess her up if we mix things up so much. Dawg can not go to work with son.

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