Though pups are often considered part of the family, it isn't always practical to take them along during the holidays.
In the Newport-Mesa area, there are plenty of options if the choice is to board. But not all boarding and doggy day cares are the same.
There are places meant only for small dogs. Some are primarily kennels or dog runs. Others are cage-free.
Bob and Merlaina O'Conner have operated a doggy day care since 1994, when they lived in Mission Viejo. But when they moved to Santa Ana Heights in 2006, they expanded to create more room for the dogs to run around in the backyard and house.
Their business, the Dog Park Inn, on Riverside Drive takes in up to 40 dogs at a time, though it's licensed for up to 59.
During the holidays, Bob said he will sometimes go over their 40-dog limit for a regular customer who begs for a space at the last minute.