Boarding the Geriatric, Special Needs, Velcro Dog...advice
Thanksgiving break is coming up and unfortunately I have to fly home and am unable to take my senior (10+) special needs velcro dog with me. I am already worried for him and the thought of leaving him makes me want to cry.
He's very attached to me and nervous in new situations. He doesn't do well in chaotic, loud, busy places. Plus, he is absolutely scared to death on storms but it's manageable by some ace. He is on pain medication for his back, incontinence medication, and is on a diet of cooked rice, chicken, and green beans as he won't eat dog food anymore. I'll have to cook a weeks worth of food and freeze half of it for them to save and thaw out / warm up for the later half of the week. Recently he's had trouble even keeping that down so another vet visit may be in our future, but that's a whole 'nother story. He's been having small "focal seizures" too ontop of everything else, which we are all just keeping an eye on for now.
I've tried to pick out a boarding place for him that, from what I could tell on my tours, is the most low key/relaxed/quiet environment. Most of my options around here are vet offices, unless I wanted him in a 3' x 4' kennel in a noisy, busy, "pet resort". That place isn't an option anymore for a variety of reasons in addition to those.
When I dropped him off with the 'doggie spa' for a bath on Friday, he wouldn't leave the lobby with the lady. I had to go out to my truck and he tried to follow me out. He was visibly nervous when I picked him up.
I worry for him when I have to leave him for a week. I worry that he is going to be scared to death in a kennel. I think I'm most worried that he won't eat while there, and with the weight he's already lost he can't afford to lose more.
I've been asking friends to find out if anyone is staying in town for the holiday but everyone so far is going home. I had an offer by our human resources lady to watch him for the week but she decided to go out of town herself, so that's a no-go.
How do I make things as low stress, comfortable, and smooth as possible?