As the mother of a rescue fur-child, Mathilda, a Maltese Shih Tzu, I have a soft spot for all creatures small and needy. So when our youngest adult daughter still living at home decided to adopt a black toy poodle, I could not say no. And so it was that Betty came to live with us. Mathilda has some residual issues from her previous home where she was abused and friends lovingly refer to her as Kujo, so on a good day she tolerates Betty and the non-furry family members.
In 2006 I was living in Los Angeles with my eldest daughter as she launched her musical career ( I wasn’t about to send her off overseas without family around). After only a week there she decided to give a home to a Pomeranian. Her name was Pumba and she was a typical Pomeranian. Very intelligent, quite neurotic, hyperactive and we thought, perhaps lonely. So, in our infinite wisdom, we decided that a sister for Pumba might be the trick. Along came the most gentle fur bundle ever born, a Bichon-Frise and her name was to be Harriet. I returned to Adelaide in 2008 and Orianthi became the girls’ sole care-giver.
Now, with her time on the road touring greater than her time at home, Orianthi has decided the girls would be better living in Australia. So along with finishing my fourth book, that is due on my editor’s desk at the end of June, and promoting my second book, Back in Her Husband’s Arms, I am also wading through the miles of red tape involved in shipping two dogs to live in Adelaide. The tests, vaccinations, approvals, airline bookings and quarantine all needed to bring our fur-grandchildren to live with us, borders on overwhelming.
And as I ponder the chaos that will befall our household in about four months time with a house full of fur children, I wonder if the new arrivals will have an American accent to their woofs? If so, I am sure these Californian girls will be popular with the fur boys as we walk them along the foreshore on Sunday mornings!
Have you been involved in the transport of a four legged family member over the high seas … or perhaps interstate?
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