Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zoey's Plan

We don't really have a plan for Zoey right now when we go into labor... and it's kinda stressing me out. Usually when we have to leave her, she stays with my in-laws. They have a dog the same size/age and she feels comfortable there. 

BUT... that's not really an option right now. Why? you ask... well, like I said the other day, we don't plan on telling our families that we are having a baby, until we actually have a baby so that means Zo needs someplace else to stay... the only question? Where the heck can she go? She's not the type of dog we can just leave home and have someone check in on her. Especially right now with how emotional and distraught she is over what is going on. Leaving her alone would stress the crap out of her.

We have some amazing friends who have offered to take her... but I feel bad letting them do that. They have a 3-month old baby, who Zoey wants to lick to death. Zoey loves "the baby"... but love in her mind is synonymous with getting in your face and kissing you forever and evers. I don't want them to have to deal with the clingy-puppy-trying-to-smother-our-baby situation. We don't have any neighbors that we are close enough with and/or trust enough to take our little dog while we're gone.

So where can she go?

Both my mom and Drew's mom have offered... but again there is the whole "not wanting people to know" thing until after. I debate about leaving her alone for the first 6-7 hours and THEN having someone come get her, but that just seems mean to rush out on her, which i know will upset her, and then leave her alone for hours.

What to do, what to do?  


  1. Is there any way you could schedule her to be at a kennel? I know that would be hard since obviously labor is very unpredictable.

    Maybe the other option is that you could leave her and then let family know to go get her.

    As for you not wanting family there, have you tried to talk to them about it and maybe do a compromise? Say not have them come for the birth, but have Drew keep them updated so they know what's happening. Then have family come the next day to visit and then it won't be so overwhelming? Hopefully they would respect your wants and needs, but at the same time, you're having a little girl. When the day comes that she goes into labor, you're going to want to be there for her and know what's happening.

    My sister did this with my mom and it was hard to watch, especially because my sister needed to have an emergency c-section and we had no idea what was happening.

    It's definitely a hard balance but ultimately, you won't please everyone, it's impossible. Just do what you feel is best and hopefully your family can respect that and give you the space you want.

  2. Hmm that's a tough one. Our dogs were in the crate like they normally are and then I needed the emergency csection so we had no choice but to leave them there as our families were coming to the hospital to be there as soon as V was born. We ended up leaving them until night time (maybe about 6, 7 hours) and we hated to do it but it all worked out OK. While I rested and had family hanging out with me and checking up on the baby in the NICU, Ronnie ran home to let them out, stay with them a few hours and then came back. He did a lot of running back and forth from the hospital to the house.

    I would defintely contact a local kennel and ask about "last minute" drop offs in a case like yours and see if they can work with you. I can't imagine you're the the only preggo who's had that dilemma so I'm sure you'll find one to work with you! I really wish we had prepared and done that so that Ronnie wouldn't have had to take care of them while I was in the hospital. Good luck!


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