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Long Term Boarding Help!

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Hi guys first time poster but I feel so out of options I really hope this can help! Has anyone had any experience with long term dog boarding (like roughly 4 months) or know any possible other solutions when you can’t keep your pup for a few months? I live over an hour from Sydney but just got a career changing job in the CBD but can barely afford flatmates rent in the city let alone anywhere that will let me bring my little fur baby (a 4 year old Belgian mal 

 

After 4 months I have a solution for a place to stay but does anyone know of or have any experience with fostering or boarding options that are affordable? I love her so much and want to pay as much as I can afford but so far it seems like the best boarding option is roughly $1700 which is so rough

 

Any advice or help or past experiences will be appreciated so so much! <3

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juice   

why don't you stay put and just commute, an hour is nothing in Sydney?

You could pay a dog walker to take her out once a day while you are at work.

Why only 4 months anyway if its a permanant job move?

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I can’t imagine commuting for nearly three hours a day, but I think it would be a better solution than long term boarding.  You’re in a tough position, but long term boarding would be something to avoid.   

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Rebanne   

I think $1700 for 4 months boarding is a very good price.  As long as they are not cutting corners and can deal with a Mal.

 

Juice I think the OP means in 4 months time they will be in a position to have the dog with them but not currently.

 

 

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You might try putting a notice at your vets, or calling her breeder, or if she's dog friendly, hanging out at a local dog park and talking with people who like her.  The ideal solution would be to find someone who is happy to have a second dog around for awhile... perhaps in an arrangement where you look after their dog when they go on holiday. $1700 is cheap for 4 mo boarding... I would check out the kennel thoroughly. 

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juice   

$1700 is really low . Most kennels charge $35- $40 a day so make sure she isn’t just chucked in with another random dog to share . 

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I hope you have researched the kennel thoroughly...and been to visit it !don't  just ever rely on public photos and a pretty website.Ask will your dog be sharing, what one to one attention she will be getting, what the food is, what actual exercise consists of...do they get groomed regularly...

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Thank you all for the replies! I’m sorry I should’ve explained better, overall it’s about an hour 35 door to door (over 3 hr a day) and I’m balancing it with part time university so at the moment I can tell I need to move closer to able to do both successfully  

In 4 months I have a place I can move in the city with her but now my lease is ending so I’ve got to plan and I really don’t want to loose her for life over a 4 month rough spot 

 

That’s why I was really hoping anyone had any other suggestions or similar experiences, I’ve seen so many foster home and long-term care options online but nothing in Australia sadly, and the boarding school doesn’t seem as sensitive or loving as I’d like but if it’s the only solution sadly that one or another may have to do 

again thank you so much for the replies 

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Try contacting Paws  & Recover to see if they can assist.  They try to find foster care for people who are in a bit of a sticky situation with their pets, such as losing their house, difficulty in finding a rental where pets will be accepted, job, domestic violence, prison, etc etc etc.  

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I'd ask your original breeder, some do offer support for people with their dogs, in desperate situations.

 

Alternatively they or the breed club could put you in touch with another owner (if yours and their dogs are good with other dogs and get on etc) who might help you with this.

 

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juice   

If you do go boarding just be careful,  Mals often don't take kindly to other dogs getting in their face so being chucked in a kennel with the wrong dog might end badly.

You could try Steve at k9 pro, he breeds Mals and might know of someone willing to help.

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