This is a tricky one. You will need to use your judgment about what is right for you. Hopefully, I have – or will.
‘Santa’ had bought us a Maltese X puppy last Christmas. She had arrived well before the plans for the trip. We also had a talking budgie, which had flown onto my finger on Valentine’s Day, so he was called ‘Valentino’.
He used to imitate in budgie screeching exactly how I would call my son’s name. Scared the living daylights out of me the first time! I couldn’t believe I sounded like that.
So we decided that the first to go would be the blue budgie bird. We ended up selling him with an exotic cage at the Garage Sale. Sad for us – and could have sold him ten times over on the day. In the end, he went to a guy born on Valentine’s Day, so seemed to be the right thing.
Much harder is the dog. We love her, she is not de-sexed and we always wanted a litter of pups. So the new carer is welcome to have a litter, as long as it is to a smallish dog please.
So we decided we will try to find someone who will take care of her for the duration of our travel. Hard I know, as we do not know how long we shall be gone. They will just have to consider her an ‘Indian-giving gift’. Where she is theirs to keep until we (and if we) come back.
But at the end of the day, she is a part of our family. She belongs to my son and is not mine to give away. So we agreed we need to find someone who will love her, and care for her, and treat her like their own – well at least while we are gone.
She would be a great companion to an older person. She has accompanied us to visits in a nursing home of an old lady we know, and she is blind. The dog was a hit! So many oldies wanted a cuddle and a pat!
She doesn’t bark a lot, is toilet trained, micro chipped, and registered. I think that means all the hard work is done.
She also loves to dance! Anytime the music comes on at the end of a movie, she is up on her back legs dancing with us. She gets quite upset if you leave her out. So cute.
Gone are the playful puppy disasters you come home to – where she has eaten your back wire screen door, pulled out all your plants, dug holes in your garden, destroy your brush fence, eat your washing and chew your shoes – and I am sure the list goes on.
She is a great guard dog and will let you know if there is anyone lurking around or at your door. It actually once woke us up when there was a fire in front of our house.
We will keep you posted about her – please contact us if you know of anyone who would like to care for her for a year, or three!
She will only be available when we are ready to go, but we do need to plan. We just want her loved, and she will be a really loyal friend.
We love to explore; to experience the new; to never give up, to live life to the fullest; to meet new people; to give when people least expect it...To do Random Acts of Kindness, as we see and learn, while we travel the world.