Ook, so in a couple weeks we are taking the crew up to the mountains. We've rented a home for the weekend. Now, it does not have an enclosed yard, which isn't a biggie because Buddy and Banzai have good recall. Buut, Miss Bella will not be able to be loose like the boys are. So I'm thinking she'll need a good strong tie out. Suggestions? Of course we'll walk her, but we also want her to be able to explore as she wants, so I won't mind a long tie out. We have a 25ft long and want to get something longer. I also want to make sure it's secure. Suggestions? And yes, even if Bella has a 110% recall, we would not let her run loose, so that would not be a helpful suggestion. The owners of the home have requested that the dogs be on flea preventatives and they recommend tick preventative as well. Now, we have advantage and intercepter on hand (we always do in case of emergency) but I'd really like to not have to use them, but I want the dogs to be safe up there and they do have ticks, etc.. I'm wondering if the herbal stuff I use is good enough? We don't have ticks in this area (at least not that I have ever seen). If we spray them continually through the day and right before going out should they be okay? Not everyone agrees, but please do keep in mind that we try to keep a chemical-free home as best we can. Some chemicals we can't avoid and some I'm even willing to admit are necessary, but my preference, for the safety of the whole family is to not use them unless absolutely needed. Lastly, we are going up on Friday morning and the dogs will have most of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to get accustomed to their surroundings. We are leaving for a party Saturday night and will be gone for a few hours. The owners of the house had a strict no pets allowed unattended rule, but have agreed that crating them while we are gone is a good compromise. Not a biggie, we hardly ever crate the dogs except for meal times, but they still like their crates and use them as they want. I want to be sure that they feel safe and secure while we are gone, from this new place. We will be taking their own crates and blankets from home, any other suggestions? Oh and of course frozen kongs with their favorite treats, lol. OK, I think that's it for now, thanks in advance for any suggestions.