Hi ladies - I've posted on this board a couple times before as we considered rescue and have always gotten great advice. We are finally taking the plunge on a rescue who is arriving on a transport from SC next weekend!
A little background - he was pulled by the rescue from a shelter about 6-8 weeks ago and has been living with a foster family since then. I've had lots of contact with the foster mom to learn about him. He's been living very successfully in their home with young kids (like ours), fully housetrained and crate trained (even though I fully expect some regression, she said she was surprised that he has not had one accident in her home.) All in all, from her experience, a pretty mellow, easy-going guy.
Unfortunately, we have an out of state travel commitment the weekend after he moves in. It is literally the only weekend for months that we are supposed to travel, but obviously couldn't change the transport date and I regrettably can't miss the other obligation. We will be driving there (about a 5hr drive) and staying with my parents who are happy to have us bring the dog. We can bring the crate and, aside from the small time commitment at an event, will be home with my parents the rest of the time with tons of time to spend with the dog. I am taking the 5 days off work between when he comes home and when we need to leave to help get him adjusted.
I guess my question is - will traveling with him so soon after he gets here be a complete disaster for his adjustment? And what can i do to minimize the stress?