Jenni - 289029 10/13/2013 7:25:15 AM I'm sure there are decent boarding facilities out there that actually do what they promise, but I could never leave my dog at any of them. My husband and I travel a LOT. We are blessed to both have parents who will help care for him while we are gone. For longer trips, they will even split the time so that neither set of parents is too overwhelmed. Both sets of parents have dogs, so ours gets plenty of social and play time. It allows us to have a stress-free trip, knowing he's in good hands in a familiar place. Occasionally, we are able to take the dog with us. He handles the long (sometimes 14 hour) car rides very well. We keep a bowl of food available on the back seat and stop at least every 2 or 3 hours for potty and water breaks. He especially loves the hotel rooms with double beds, so he can play "Goldilocks". Boarding him with strangers in a strange place? Definitely NOT an option for us. Some dogs might be able to handle it, but I think ours would stress too much, even at the best facility.