Monday, September 8, 2008

Wanted: Dog Walkers who actually know how to WALK a dog

After a month of talking to the doggie day care/kennel we've been using since 2000 (with our old dog) and working with a trainer, we thought everything had been worked out for our humans-only 4-day trip over Labor Day. The walkers were going to learn how to use the Gentle Leader and we had high hopes.

Instead, we learned that he lunged at someone and they decided not to walk him after the first couple days, and brought him to a downstairs room (yes, indoors) for him to relieve himself. I think about how he must have held it until he couldn't hold it any more, and I think about how much we pay this place, and I am steaming mad.

And over the weekend, Biggie pooped in our condo in Vermont. Coincidence, given how he was treated last weekend? I think not.


17 comments:

Peanut said...

I would be steaming mad also.

T-Bone said...

That is unacceptable, this coming from someone who has a crazy Kuvasz!!!! Poor Biggie.

Victor and PeterPan said...

We think Biggie should come visit US if we're in town while you're out and about. We don't have a huge place, and we're alone a lot while our people are "working"...but we also don't have to go to the bathroom INSIDE! We've tried that before. Our people tend to go ballistic. And whine about replacing rugs...as if it's a big deal or something...

Lindsay said...

Are you kidding me??? Wow, that is terrible. How hard is it to take a dog outside even if he does lunge at someone? I wish I lived near you so I could come walk Biggie when you can't.

Georgeous said...

Poor Biggie! :( I feel very sad.
I hope you find a nice place for him to day care at real soon!!
Big Kissie to Biggie
Love George

Saint Lover said...

Oh man I'd be hot! They could have at least given you a call so you could decide what was the best option for Biggie. I would have cut my trip short or had someone else pick him up. grrrrr! I'm so sorry it turned out so badly.

Kess And Her Mama said...

That is terrible! It really is a challenge finding reliable people to take care of our dogs. We are blessed that our parents (on both sides) are willing to look after Kess when we're away. Hope you'll be able to find reliable care for Biggie Z. Kess' Mama

Wimsey said...

You lunged? With a gentle leader? Awesome!!!

Oops, I mean that's terrible. Actually it IS terrible, it means whoever was walking you wasn't paying attention. On top of that, how in dog's name could they not walk you again?!?! Horrible people!

Wimsey

River said...

That's terrible. Set up a nanny-cam! I can't imagine them making him hold it then go in an inappropriate place!

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

Oh I am so sorry - I would be really angry too. Poor Biggie. He must have been miserable. Can you find a dog walker to come to the house and sit with him and walk him? I am going away for a week and I think Booker will be a "camp canine" inmate. I am beside myself with worry.

nat & nate said...

I definately rate the care-givers to Jackson by the way he behaves when he gets back. They seem to think he is a great dog and tend to give him liberties I would not like picking which kennel he wants to sleep in. He comes home a little whiney and likes to stand on his hind legs to greet (I do not allow this either) but is otherwise the same. I have quit the services of places that sent him home putting teeth on people and barking without stopping. I wish you the best finding better care givers.

Jackson's mom

the 4 Bs said...

poor Biggie. keeping him inside to go potty is incredibly mean. our mom would be fuming mad too.

woofs.

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

Biggie! I know this is off-topic and that we already posted a response to this one ... but we had to SHARE! Walking to work today, a local WTF said to mom, "Can I have $5?' OMDOG. now what ever happened to "Spare some change?"

$5?

Mom looked at him and laughed. She actually said, "You've got to be KIDDING ME, right?"

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

We have given your wonderful blog an award - stop over and say hello!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hi Biggie, I've got an award for you too! Come by and pick it up.

babyphat523 said...

That is fn' insane! I hope that that dog walking company received a good talkin' to! I know I would have been a hot mess coming home to that!
Arghhh... Poor Biggie!

Biggie-Z said...

Hi doggie and human friends. I wish I could get walked and visited by you too. Cuz you know how to walk a big dog. (Big Ass Kick Ass dogs, lol).

Victor and PP, talk to your parents and see if I can come for a play date sometime. I met a really cute little girl pup who lives in Brooklyn so I will have to go visit her sometime too. I tried to stow away in her car last night so her daddy would take me home with her but Momma was on to me. :(

Booker - $5??? That WTF's got a lotta nerve! Does that mean that if he'd asked our mum for $1 she would have given it to him??

Snuffles and snorts,
Biggie