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The Most Important Question To Ask A Kennel Before Your Next Trip

When you go away on holiday you often want to take your dog with you, but sometimes it’s just not possible. It can be really hard to leave your best non-human friend with someone else. After all, no one can take better care of him than you can. Fortunately there are kennels near you that would be glad to have him visit for the duration of your trip.

The great thing about kennels is that the owners are almost always dog lovers themselves. Once you have a list of a couple you’re interested in, you’ll want to visit the kennels, meet the owners and caregivers, and check out the facility.

As you’re touring the kennels looking for the perfect place to board your four-footed family member, remember to ask this extremely important question:

Will my dog be interacting with other dogs?

Your dog’s safety should be the number one priority for the kennel at which you board your dog. With so many other dogs around, as the dog owner and boarder you need to be aware of how they handle the safety of your dog as well as the others that are there too.

You’ve no doubt had the experience of walking down the street with your dog and crossing paths with neighbors and their dogs. Sometimes things work out just fine; the dogs check each other out and then seem to carry on as usual. Other times you meet a dog that’s more aggressive than yours, and if both you and the other owner don’t maintain control over your dogs, a fight will break out between them.

When you are not around to control your dog with a leash, how will you know that he isn’t going to meet a more aggressive dog and not get into a fight? Because you won’t be there, you want to be sure that the person caring for your dog takes the same responsibility and precaution you do.

Make sure that there are enough pens in the facility to accommodate each dog separately from one another. Don’t even allow them to give special treatment to your dog when you see something different with respect to other dogs. It’s possible they’ll tell you one thing, but if their actions with the other dogs you see don’t back up the words they’re telling you, they’re probably not going to do what they say they’ll do when you’re not around to witness it.

Your dog should get his own pen, be fed in a place other dogs can’t try to share his meal, and get daily exercise time in his own dog run. The facility doesn’t need to have one run per dog, but they should show you how they schedule time for each dog in such a way that none will have the opportunity to beat up on another.

A safe kennel is a good kennel

When you can tell that each dog is important to the staff at the kennel, you’ve found a good place. You can trust that your dog is being taken care of very well by people that understand him and his needs. You’ll be able to enjoy your holiday more knowing your friend is in good hands.

Dolphin Watching Trips in Scotland

If you’re in the mood to change up your usual vacation, why not go to the west coast of Scotland for your next holiday? This area is home to many animal and bird species; in addition, the Gulf of Corryvreckan is the world’s third largest naturally occurring whirlpool, and the Iona Abbey is one of the oldest and most important religious centers in all of Western Europe.

There are several dolphin watching tour providers in the Oban and Ardfern areas of Argyll. If you are interested in dolphins Argyll, you can choose from Craignish Cruises (departs from Ardfern rather than Oban), Sea.fari Adventures, Sealife Adventures, Coastal Connection, Oban Boat (owned and operated by Allan Strang), and Staffa Tours (also known as Gordon Grant Marine) among many others. Many of these providers use RIBs (rigid hulled inflatable boats) but Craignish offers a sixty passenger catamaran that was purpose built for travel in and around the Gulf of Corryvreckan.

Craignish’s 2 hour wildlife tour operates only when the whirlpool tour is not running, and the whirlpool tour only runs when there is adequate tidal action. They also offer a daily 3 hour tour that includes islands, history of the area, and a wildlife boat trip; this cruise normally departs at 2 pm every day but weather and demand may impact the schedule. A longer cruise to the Garvellach Isles usually departs once a week on Thursdays at 1:30 pm (this departure schedule is also subject to weather and demand). The final cruise offered by Craignish is a 4 hour or day trip for whale watching and wildlife watching; the departure times for this cruise fluctuate based on the tides. The Garvellach tour and the 4 hour/day whale watching trips are not suitable for young children or animals. Prior reservations are strongly recommended for all of Craignish’s cruises.

Oban Boat offers a one hour journey that departs from the railway pier in Oban. These trips run daily starting at 10 am (weather permitting) and the cost is 10 GBP per person for adults (5 GBP for children). Discounts may be available for families or other groups.

Coastal Connection offers RIB trips throughout the area, including a two hour ‘Wildlife and Castles’ trip that costs 30 GBP per adult (20 GBP per child). The tour leaves from Oban Bay and provides views of three castles, as well as bird life, an operational fish farm, and a seal colony.