So I am really wanting to take the PDC (maybe both) at the end of May-middle of June. I have a little pickle (but a cuddly, furry one) that is the only thing making me stall in signing up. I have introduced myself on other forums, as a newish permie, who has just arrived 2 months prior on my own land-ready to get started-for real. (after lots of tinkering on my urban garden/community plot etc)
When I arrived on my land, I immediately adopted a sweet doggie from the local animal shelter. My dog is 'special needs'-she was abused, and abandoned, and although the vet/staff love her, she is a little neurotic. I wasn't intimidated, and she has really blossomed in my care. She is not people aggressive at all, but she doesn't seem to be a big "fan" of other dogs. I am not sure if this is a major issue, but I heard that when I adopted her, and I notice this tendency when I'm in the park walking her, on the trail. I have read all of Paul's rules and regs/guidelines on animals/kids,decorum,drugs,work, etc- So even though I was planning on booking one of the "permie glam" extra packages, I don't want my dog in any way to be a "poop" at other people's animals, etc.
I think that it would be beneficial if I drove up to Missoula in my truck, and I could board her somewhere, (definitely an expense, but I'd have to do it down in NM anyways) that it would be better for her emotionally, if I would be able to drop by and visit her every few days while she was being doggy-sat. I am all about spreading financial support around to people who are interested in the same things as me, and could use the extra funds. So I guess what I'm getting at, Is there anyone, (or perhaps you can think of a friend) in the area of WL, that maybe is currently without a pet, (but likes them!) and during the PDC would babysit my doggie? As I said, she isn't a "problem dog" at all, I just feel wary of her being thrust into a big group of animals in a new situation- (The vet thinks that maybe she was in a real sad kennel situation where she had to fight for food or something) Since the PDC is two weeks, it would be a nice little infusion of $$ for someone, and it would make it easier for me to come to the PDC, and feel like I could focus on my education, and not worry that my dog is going to be a pain in any way.
I am going to go on various yelps/blogs, and look for doggie daycare options in Missoula and surrounding areas, but if someone can think of, or has had a positive experience with anything in the boarding route-please let me know. Murphy's law, is the dates that the PDC run, my husband, has a business trip the second week, so that makes him unable to watch her at home.
Just trying to make this happen, and greatly appreciate your ideas. I am already signed up for a few doggie manners/socialization courses in my area, and I hope that I can help her heal from whatever hellish experience she had before I rescued her. Thanks again for reading!