Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Pet Boarding with Posh Paws in Dubai

Bob and Pushkins spent 17 nights in the kennels and cattery at Posh Paws in Dubai, while hubby and I were in the UK.

This is the first time they've boarded, we were very careful with our research as when I googled the options, the costs were too high and when I looked for alternative boarding all I came across were negative experiences.

Returning to the house in the evening after dropping the cat in Dubai, on the Al Khawaneej around 30 mins from home and then the dog at the kennels in Ajman another 40 minutes away, was a very strange feeling. I didn't fly till later that evening and hubby had a further day and night at home before joining me.

On my arrival in the UK I emailed Posh Paws to find out how they were both doing and was reassured they were both fine. Although I thought about them quite a bit, I made no further contact, knowing they had my email address should there be any problems.

I cannot speak highly enough of Posh Paws and their care of Bob and Pushkins. Both animals were happy and with healthy shiny coats when I collected them, neither had lost of gained weight which was one of the complaints many people have had of boarding their animals in Dubai.




Bob was very excited when he was brought to me, but that excitement was for being outside and not seeing me.

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Pushkins was brought to me in her basket and was very stressed for the journey home, but when I let her out she explored the house and gardens with me near by, just in case she decided to make a run for it.
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I went out that evening to do the food shop and Bob was he usual happy self to see me when I got back, however at 4am the following morning when hubby arrived home Bob was bounding around him. We popped out that afternoon and Bob ignored me on our return but fussed over hubby. I guess this is my payback for leaving him. He is however following me from room to room to keep a close eye on me.

By the end of the weekend I'd been forgiven and he was back to his usual greeting of me as if he hasn't seen me for many years, yet alone minutes.

Pushkins has discovered her voice and is mewing/shouting at me none stop, following me everywhere and if I stand still she sits on my foot.



Both animals are making none stop demands to be outside as at the kennels and cattery they had cat/dog flaps they could access, whereas at home we have to open the door to let them out and the weather is much cooler than when we left.

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Bob is back in his usual spot and as for Pushkins she's back to not being able to find her spot.


I've been looking out for a female cat and her 3 kittens, I've been away quite a bit during the summer, but they're getting food from somewhere and drink the water from the air conditioning unit. I wanted to befriend them so I could take the kittens to be sterilised (someone has already done the mother a few weeks after she gave birth) 




I won't be doing that any more after a vicious attack from the mother last week when I was feeding them all and was inching my way closer so they could used to my presence when the mother pounced and bit my hand rather badly, causing me to shake her off. There was a lot of blood, but I've survived as will the offending cat.

I had a tetanus shot when I was bitten on the back of my leg by a dog in the UK in 2013 and a booster in 2014 when a monkey in South Africa bit my arm.

12 comments:

  1. I think it's awesome you were trying to get the kitties sterilised. I'm a big believer in birth control being the most effective method for population management of ferral animals. It's a pity the mother was so aggressive.

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    1. i will try again, mother does from time to time leave them to fend for themselves

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  2. Animals are such a responsibility and they really don't like change do they. Sounds like they are settling back into a routine with you again now. #AnimalTales

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    1. they only have 2 weeks with me before i fly off to South Africa for a month, but hubby will be home in the evenings

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  3. it can be so stressful finding a suitable kennel. Glad your two were happy and have forgiven you! You are so good to look out for the feral family, poor things although the mother sounds like a bit of an overprotective nightmare. That said I guess I would be the same!

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    1. I'm not surprised Mother cat was so protective, I'm just surprised that as I've been feeding them she was so aggressive

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  4. Hi Suzanne, it must be such a worry if you have to put your pets into kennels. Luckily we've never have to as friends or my parents have looked out for ours whenever we've gone away (which isn't often). We did have a little dog that would sulk when she saw the bags coming out and sulk for weeks after we got back from being away, but then she was our first dog and we spoiled her rotten.

    I had to stop the video of Bob as the noise he was making set my dogs on alert. Now they are just looking at me like I'm a traitor!

    xx

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    1. lol, bob rarely responds to there dogs barking. he does get moody when one of us gets the suitcase out

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  5. I bet they're both happy to be home, glad you've been forgiven for the abandonment. A shame mummy stray didn't take kindly your intervention though.

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  6. What a pity you didn't manage to catch the kittens but at least Mum has been done. I am glad Bob and Pushkin were well looked after as it is always so hard to know you are doing the right thing when you go away - we rarely all go away together partly for that reason! #AnimalTales

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    1. we're both away again later next month, but only for a few days

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