Hello, yes I know the title of this thread most likely angers a lot of you, but I’m genuinely asking for advice for this situation, not ridicule. Hear me out. So my fiancé and I are traveling out of state for his 21st birthday soon and we will be gone for 3 days. We’ve traveled with our dog, Sara, before but she has a tendency to bark when left alone (currently trying to train her out of it and help her separation issues) and hotels usually won’t allow that. And the ones that do are way out of our budget. So we considered boarding or kenneling, but they require a shot that she hasn’t had yet and we cannot get a vet appointment in time, nor can we afford the vet costs + outrageous city boarding costs. So, I’m wondering if anyone has ever left their dog home alone for a few days? I’m not saying I’m going to do it, I’m just wondering if it’d be okay, just once. She is never left alone, ever. And this won’t be a recurring thing. We’d walk her right before we leave and as soon as we got back. We have an automatic feeder/waterer and puppy pee pads and we’d buy her a brand new huge bone and rope, she’d be downstairs with her crate door open and we’d put one of those live “dog relaxing music” videos on the tv. Would that be abuse? Would she be okay like that, just once? I’m really trying all options here, we just had unexpected medical bills so we’re struggling on money a bit. Please, please, don’t tell me I’m a bad dog owner. Trust me, this dog lives the life. This is just a sticky situation but I don’t want to do anything to hurt her. Sorry for the long post. Any replies are appreciated, thank you.