Help me manage my guilt over leaving my sick dog. Seriously, help me!
May 8, 2014 10:21 PM Subscribe
I haven't been out of town since my dog was diagnosed with cancer in January, 2013. I didn't think he'd still be alive at this point, and while I am immensely grateful that he is, I have to attend my sister's college graduation and I'm leaving him for a week. I feel like an awful person. Help me, please.
posted by ablazingsaddle to Pets & Animals (10 answers total)
My elderly, cancer stricken dog is a fighter, survivor, and basically the energizer bunny contained in the body of a German Shepherd. He's my big, furry baby and I love him so much and I am going to be fucking devastated when it's time for him to go.
That having been said, I am also a human being with a family, a hometown across the country, and a sister graduating from college. I haven't seen my dad in a year and a half. I need to go home.
I'm paying for his regular dog sitter to come walk him twice a day, my roommate will be around when I'm gone, and I have a friend who will stop by periodically. But I worry that his condition will deteriorate or something awful will happen when I'm gone and I WILL NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF.
How do I put myself on a plane to Boston and leave my dog for a week and not freak out? I left him for four days when I had a gig in January, but for some reason, the extra four days are pushing me off the stress ledge, so to speak. Additional advice on how to prep my dog and things to get for him while I'm gone are welcome, too. I'm not boarding him because he generally doesn't like other dogs and likes being at home.