Okay, so I'm happy. The sun is shining, I have the weekend off, and R&B are coming home.
My mobile phone rang yesterday morning and it was Rob. He had something he needed to talk to me about. Omigod, what ominous words! But he quickly followed it by saying, "Don't worry. It's nothing bad." Whew!
Turns out having four pets is a big stressor. Sure--stressor enough, I'd imagine, in a normal situation, but this is about traveling a million miles to a different country with nowhere to live (yet). Kennels were out of the question, after they checked the price. They needed someone/somewhere to care for the zoo while R&B were buying a house.
Here's where the joy of large families comes in. Most of our family members have dogs. It was difficult trying to decide who to ask. But we ended up asking Jan and Tim (my sis and b-i-l). They said yes immediately, and I'm so grateful. I also called Kris, their daughter, and Tim had already briefed her and she said yes too. How very fortunate we are to have such a family.
I'd keep all four pets if I could, but I can't have pets in my condo.
Kris has a golden retriever Max, and will keep Bobby, another golden. That should keep her house energized. Bobby is great though, and is so happy! Chipper, even. It really is cool though, because she already has the right color of dog hair in her house. :)
Jan and Tim will keep Bella--a calm and friendly dog of mixed breed. They have a dachsund puppy, so it should work out. They live in the country, which will be great, and Tim is retired and is home a lot of the time during the day. Great for pets.
I tried calling a brother and s-i-l last night about the cats, but no one called me back. (No, they didn't know why I was calling, so that's not the reason they didn't call.) Jay and Andrea are the only true cat folks in the family--they've always had cats instead of dogs.
Some folks in the clan do have both, but would describe themselves as primarily dog people. I think there are just two of us without dogs or cats. Jim (and Karen) in Aurora, and me. All the Quincy folks have animals.
Anyway, Rob called his Aunt (and godmother) Jan, and he said for the first time in weeks he's not so stressed and was able to sleep. He'll call Kris soon and talk to her too.
I told him since I found temp quarters for the dogs, he can work on the cats. Both are declawed, indoor cats with impeccable manners, so it shouldn't be too hard.
So all this pet talk was merely an introduction to say that R&B will be flying to Chicago and I'll pick them up and we'll drive to Quincy for a few days. They'll finally pick up their tickets on Monday, and if everything goes according to plan, they'll fly home on March 18th.
After about eight years in Okinawa, Rob will be living in the states. Can you see my smile from where you are?