Our family has a cottage about 200 miles away. The first week in August is "family week". We are going earlier in the week so we will be staying at my sisters house and taking difficult child to some events in town before heading to the cottage. We have tossed around the idea of bringing the puppy with us, or leaving her behind. Chloe doesn't need a leash, doesn't leave our side, would never wander away. Chloe is very laid back, easy going dog. Kenzie, (will be 6 months by then) is hyper. Full of energy, a jumper. As much as we push her down, she tends to jump up on people. Recently had an incident at a park where a little boy came to pet her and she jumped up..scratching his face. Now, Kenzie loves to be touched. She reminds me of a cat. lays, sleeps on her back. Lays across your feet, or against your body when ever she can. She seems much calmer if she is with you and can be touched. Here's my issue. My sister's house does not have a fenced in yard. We could tie her up, but she would bark and cry. I am afraid we could not leave her there alone, she would probably find something to chew up or wreck. So, going to the event's we would like to do, one of us would have to stay with puppy. Other issue is at the cottage there will be several little kids ranging from 11 months to 4 years old. I am afraid she will jump on them, scratch them or knock them down. It is a wooded area and I am afraid she will run away in the woods. There will also be two yorkies, (toy yorkies??? very tiny) and a (sp?) who is not very nice. So..do we leave puppy home? Neighbor said she will feed her and let her out, even take her home for a few hours. But I am feeling awfully guilty about leaving her. She always has to be by you. Even follows you into the bathroom. Will she be ok if we go away and leave her home for a week alone? Will we come home to new issues of her being left alone? We will have everything removed from our kitchen and gated off. However she just may be able to jump over the gate or half wall we have. Any advice will be appreciated.