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    Housing with pets

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    After hearing about Dian John's dark pathway...
    Could you recommend a better place to stay? One that would be suitable for a woman to walk home by herself. I have a big fat and lazy St Bernard that will be accompanying me.
    Kat
    How about the Clive ****** house? Royal Palms appears to have "no vacancy".

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    st. bernard

    it is very very hard to find housing that accept cats let alone a huge st. bernard. this island isn't too animal friendly. i wouldn't want to stay at dione's cause i like to leave my place at night frequently. however, he is animal friendly and you are about 7 minutes from school.
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    I lived at Anthony Peters apartments down the banana trail and had a dog.....he's a very good landlord too

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    I know that a few of the students brought both cats and dogs to Dominica. There are several considerations.

    1. There are rules re. vet/shots/quarenteen/etc. Make sure you read and follow them.
    2. Remember that you are going to greatly LIMIT you possibilities for housing. There are only a few places that will allow you to have your pet where you rent. The housing issue for students is difficult enough without complicating it with a pet.
    3. Keep in mind that the weather in Dominica is HOT, SUNNY (usually), and HUMID. There are power outages, and this means that your pet may have to endure long hours in an apt. with NO A/C. This may not be good for the health of the pet. You, as a student, can escape to campus for their A/C, but you can't take your pet with you to cool off.
    4. The centipedes in Dominica are poisonous if eaten. Now I know that you are smart enough to not make a meal of them, but a cat or dog may delight in playing with or eating the bugs. You will not be there to supervise them while you are in class.
    5. There are serious time issues when considering taking pets to Dominica. Keep in mind that you will be in class or on campus for long hours. Can your pet survive being alone for that period of time? Will it be humane to subject them to neglect? You will be in class from, say, 7 or 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m., and then you will be faced with 4 to 6 hours of studies or homework each evening. If your pet demands attention, and your grades demand attention, which one are you willing to serve?
    6. There are financial issues in taking your pet. Everything is available there in limited supplies, and it is VERY expensive. Are you willing to pay more for dog food or cat litter? It will be important for you to have respite and return home for some breaks...are you willing to have to pay for carting your animal back and forth in addition to having to pay for your own airfare? Are you willing to pay for A/C to be on all day while you are away from your apt.? You are going to be paying big bucks for your medical education. Are you willing to risk paying more attention to your pet than your studies and throw away your tuition/loan $?
    7. How flexible or adaptable is your pet? I have two dogs. They love me dearly, but they also depend on the socialization and interaction with my other household members. If I took them to a third-world nation to live for 15-16 mo. and deprived them of seeing my other family members, and ignored them for long hours in a hot apt....they would die.

    I am sure you can hear both success stories and horror stories about taking cats or dogs to Dominica. My opinion is that THE REALLY SMART THING TO DO is to leave them at home. You are sacrificing enough by making the commitment to become a doctor. Your survival there will depend on you keeping your eye on the prize and working hard every day for it.

    (stepping off my soap box and reapplying my mommy apron)

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    dru gave excellent advise regarding pets. when she gave it to me eons and eons ago i took note of it. i still brought my babies but they are two cats. i also had to stay over break btw first and second to secure adequate housing for them since the housing tour put me in substandard housing. it is easier to come here with smaller pets instead of bigger ones. since you have a st. bernard, i would seriously consider having someone at home take care of him/her. there is maid service in most apartment buildings so you could pay your maid to walk your dog. most of the students that have dogs also have a spouse. i assume it is due to the dogs dependent personality.
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    We brought our dog with us (golden retriever), he was miserable. The locals are not the kindest to dogs, especially BIG dogs. The heat was horrible for him, the food is way overpriced, and the vet care is horrible and unreliable at best. He had an alergic reaction to something and we had to bring him to Roseau for treatment. I have NEVER seen a place so discusting in my life.
    Back to the locals, all they want to know is if they dog is fixed because our dogs was big they wanted to breed him. We caught the neighborhood kids and adults several times throwing rocks at him and poking sticks thru the fence. He is THE NICEST, kid friendliest dog ever and they started to agrivate him. We had a friend whose dog from the states was posioned, something the locals will admit to. I ended up bringing him home to live with a friend that could provide for him the rest of my husbands schooling.
    Another thing to consider. When we flew down it was April, so the embargo was 'off', if you are coming in April, I assume you're leaving the island in August of the following year, well, then you have the heat embargo to deal with. Our dog with the crate was 100 lbs. Im guessing that your dog is over that with the crate, something else you may want to check into. I think the limit is 100lbs.
    My advice would be to leave the dog at home. I know it would stink, and may not be an option, but if we had to do it all over again, we would NOT have brought our dog. Good luck.

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    st. bernard

    Hey, everyone thanks for the reply.
    It does sound difficult to bring her and support her. My husband is also coming down, I think he is worried about being bored. Our biggest problem is finding someone to watch her while we are in Dominica.
    Kat

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    not married or anything like that but what is wrong with both of them staying in the states. the men that are here (by observational and conversation) are miserable to say the least. not saying the women aren't as well but they have a greater support system. i have seen many spouses come down for one or two semesters to give moral support. like i said, i am not married but the spouses at the bookstore share their experiences explicitly.
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    Re: dog and husband

    Quote Originally Posted by obadya00
    not married or anything like that but what is wrong with both of them staying in the states. the men that are here (by observational and conversation) are miserable to say the least. not saying the women aren't as well but they have a greater support system. i have seen many spouses come down for one or two semesters to give moral support. like i said, i am not married but the spouses at the bookstore share their experiences explicitly.
    Just my two cents, if you are married, and your spouse wants to come along let them. The support they may provide will give you an advantage. My wife came down with me, and I had the pleasure of having a loved one available at all time. If you two agree that being separated is not what's best for your marriage, then don't do it. I also saw spouses who were miserable because they were separated. Hope this helps.

    Juni

    PS Obady00, how are the kitties? Mine are so happy, they love watching the snow fall here in Maine. They also appreciate having a window that they can look out from. I noticed that they drink more water lately...Hmmm
    Juni

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    i agree juni if they want to be here they should (i'm not married). i just noticed a bigger difference in the men that were spouses as opposed to the women. it could be a testosterone thing, who knows. kids help. there is one guy here that takes care of his baby 24/7 and he seems like the happiest male spouse i have ever seen.

    the babies are good. i really need to get back to the states so they can run around in a larger apartment. the student size apartment is getting old and my tabby is getting larger by the day. yesterday they killed a dominican fly in 1 hour . dominican flys seem bigger and more aggressive than the ones in the states. almost forgot to tell you. the campus is no longer crowded. i don't have to wait in line to use a computer
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