So I’m here with mi familia enjoying the beauty of Baja, mostly away from crowds and cars and especially Cabo, and what did I get when I checked my email this evening but a whiny missive from the mongrels. That’s right, I actually got an email from the younger of the two canine domestics chastising us for abandoning them at the “doggie hotel.”
Two squares and as many runs per day along with plenty of adulation from the doting staff of professional animal caregivers. Hell, the poor homeless folks in our town should be treated with as much food, shelter, and attention.
Those of us with pets, whether they be parrots, goldfish, hamsters, cats – or displeased dogs – have to figure out what to do with them when we hit the road for our next travel adventure. The first choice is whether they come with us or do they get left behind.
We have taken the dogs camping up to the north shore of Eagle Lake, among other places, and have found it to be not entirely relaxing for either them or us. They often get assaulted by other like species and may find themselves tied short so as not to wander onto the nearby roads or annoy the next camper over. And we end up having to keep an eye on them during the day and potentially attempt to keep them quiet at night while they insist on protecting our tent by barking at the sound of every little noise.
The traveling portion for our pet companions have a plethora of pitfalls, whether by planes, trains, or automobiles.
Leaving pets at home may allow the parents to relax but severely depress the kids.
The category of pet and housing will dictate the choice of arrangements. My daughter can leave her cats for many days in her apartment, with their food and water dispensers as – at least in this area of animal behavior cats may truly be smarter than dogs – cats will not insist on an immediate feeding frenzy that eliminates a week’s worth of food in minutes, as a dog would be likely to do. The down side, in my mind, is that even with a dumpster-sized litter box, upon return you get to appreciate that great cat fragrance – that is now part of your furniture.
As to the dogs, we used to leave them locked up in an out-building but we got the impression that the neighbors grew weary of the barking at most of the daylight and night hours. Hence, the doggie Hilton.
That takes me back to the nasty note from our un-grateful gang; hence I post this response:
Because the kids and wife think you are oh so cute, we have tolerated those dogs things that you do, including leaving your do hither and yon.
We are oh so sorry you are not happy with the Hilton of doggie dorms. Truth be known, your place is costing us just slightly less than we are paying for our piece of paradise south of the border.
So, we have some bad news for you.
We have appreciated the protection from one of you but, hey, you’re 15 years old and not very threatening to much of anyone. We have found a good replacement that not only will protect our house but also hang our Christmas lights.
I must admit, we have not quite yet figured out how to get this behemoth off the roof and then home without getting our lower leg eaten off. He clearly is over the weight for check-in luggage on Mexicana Airlines.
As to the younger dog at home, you have gotten by primarily by playing the cuteness card, but I hate to tell you, eventually the house wins and you have to walk away.
You want cute…now here’s cute:
This one keeps letting herself in the room and will certainly fit in our carry-on luggage.
I guess you have found out that just like people, when you type out that inflammatory email, that just maybe you should sleep on it and then have someone else read it before you slam down on the send key with a resounding “take this” you blankity blank.
We will be notifying your temporary residence that your temporary status has been revoked and you will be escorted to the city line.
Have a doggie nice day!
If my wife ever suggests I go stay in a local motel and eat at the local restaurants while she goes traveling, I guess I better pay attention – and certainly not send her any complaining emails.