I wish the title of this post were rhetorical … that I was baiting you with a great question, to which I would respond with witty flare. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The truth of the matter is, I’m having a bit of a panic attack. Well, that may be overstating things a tiny bit – but in a few months this will definitely be a full-blown crisis if we don’t get something figured out!
Here’s the situation … long-time readers know that our dogs have issues. Ty is afraid of strangers and other dogs, and Buster is reactive towards other dogs when he’s on a leash (which, as you can imagine, is most of the time). Managing their behavior is part of life for us and we handle it pretty well. But, we’re planning a trip in May … and we’re not going to be able to take the dogs with us.
Rod’s son, Paul, and his lovely fiancé are getting married in Jamaica in nine months, and taking Buster and Ty to the wedding is not option. Trust me … I’ve looking into having the Winnebago fitted with pontoons and floating it over … it’s a no-go. Ty and Buster vetoed the idea that we’d outfit them with water wings and directions and have them meet us at the resort. And Rod put the kibosh on my plan to get stand-up paddleboards and stroke our way to Montego Bay.
This is one of those times when the disadvantages of our nomadic lifestyle becomes painfully apparent … we don’t have a regular pet sitter. There isn’t one person out there who Ty and Buster know well and who is familiar with the boys’ challenges. So, we have a bit of a predicament. Missing the wedding isn’t an option, but I’m at a loss for dog care options that won’t prompt my nervous breakdown.
To complicate things just a little more, the only cities outside the East Coast that have direct flights to Jamaica are Chicago, Dallas, Huston and Phoenix. We’d rather fly from one of those cities to minimize the time we’re away from the dogs, but which one doesn’t matter much.
So there … I’ve put it out into the Universe and I’m open to your suggestions. What are your recommendations for finding someone to take care of Buster and Ty for four days in May?
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