It’s been a while since Joe and I have been on vacation together. When Brutus got sick (in 2012) we didn’t want to go anywhere – not knowing when his last days might be. When Dixie got sick shortly after, we were in the same boat. We did manage to take a trip to Gettysburg, knowing she was in the good hands of Papa and Grandma, but still thought about her constantly. When she went into remission, we took a long trip to KC (when we met Moby for the first time!), but other than that, we’ve been homebodies. Either one of us will go for a quick getaway while the other stays home, or we’ll just opt to stay at home together.
After we got Moby, we were supposed to go on a trip north to Maryland, but we weren’t comfortable leaving him then. He was still acclimating to life with us and his braves were having a hard time showing themselves.
Well, his braves have been great (for the most part) lately and we felt like we were ready to take on an adventure. So – we planned a short weekend trip and a long week trip. The kicker? We needed a sitter for Moby. While Boney will be spending time at Papa and Grandma’s with Allie Gator, Moby is a BIT too high energy for them (and despite his recent proficiency in our dog door, I’m not sure if he’d be brave enough to use theirs). So, I asked around and found a few young men who are happy to be Moby’s new BFFs! Bonus: they stay at the house while we are gone, so not only does Moby get a Manny, but we get a housesitter as well!
Because Moby has to go slow with new people, we invited everyone over for playtime or a dinner first and go from there. So far, he’s been great – “You want to play tug?!? You want to play fetch?!? You’re awesome! Can you move in?”
For the first time in a long time, I feel confident that we’ll get some time off and won’t worry about what our boys are up to (we’ve been promised texts, photos and updates!). To prepare for our trips, I’m making all my lists and notifying our vet in case of emergency.
Do you have a sitter? What do you do when you travel?