Tuesday, 13 September 2022

In Safe Hands, Sulking and Books


Someone asked about the animals while we were away, well for the third time this year we left them at home in the capable hands of pet sitters ... from reputable companies twice and once with Uncle Jason and Aunty Tash when we nipped back to Wales for a couple of days.

Sonya, Andy and their daughter Hannah, a lovely family from Queensland, Australia were originally pet-sitting their way around the UK before Sonya was offered a job with the NHS.  Now they are visiting Ireland and then she's re-entering the country this time on a work visa, and they are all staying for two years ... our motley crew and little town didn't put them off the British way of life then!!


To say our animals fell in love with them would be an understatement.

Mavis sulked and refused to eat for 24 hours and spent all her time sat on the doormat after our return waiting for Andy to come back.  Ginger has taken to sleeping on Hannah's bed, her staying obviously brought back happy memories for him of his first owners and he spent every night with her.


They have obviously just about forgiven us now that we have been back home for four days.  Going away and leaving them, although knowing that they were in the safest of hands was hard.  So much so that we have decided that any breaks that we decide to go on next year should be dog friendly and Ginger can go off on his holidays to Blackpool and stay with Uncle Jason.


You can almost hear Mavis asking, 'Where's Uncle Andy?'

In other news ... I have to hold my hands up and say that while we were away on our travels two more books arrived for me.  These look really interesting ... now I just have to get around to reading all my new acquisitions.

If I ever go on Mastermind my specialist subject could be Rationing During the War Years. 😄


Sue xx




8 comments:

  1. How lovely that your pets loved their sitters so much :) And brilliant that the sitters loved the UK so much that they will be staying! Do they have family here?

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    1. It was brilliant. Andy admitted when he arrived, that he was the least doggy loving one in the family, but by the end of the holiday he was totally smitten with Mavis ... he's even emailed to see if she's alright and was thrilled that she was missing him as much as he was missing her!

      I believe so, they do have some very good friends down South that they will be living near to when Sonya starts her job, and Andy as a musician will be looking for any sort of temporary work that he can get.

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  2. Even with the best pet sitters it is still horrible to have to leave our fur-babes. On the rare occasions I left Daisy with Himself she sulked for a week when I got home :-) Clearly Daddy was just not enough 🤣

    Holidays where all the family stay together are definitely the way to go - given how you like small-space living are you looking at motorhomes? (And if so, there are plenty of folk who take the cat as well!)

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    1. It seems that sometimes I am not enough for Mavis when Alan goes away for work!! He obviously buys their affection with regular biscuit breaks as they both follow me to the kitchen looking very hopeful when I'm making a coffee and then slink back to bed disappointed when they realise that mine rarely come with nibbles.

      I think a motorhome would be too confining for us, don't forget we don't even live together in 'real life'. A motorhome might be a step too far. We are thinking caravans, log cabins and National Trust cottages.

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  3. Yes must be really hard leaving them, but way better than kennels, you are lucky to have family to help and the lovely pet sitters.

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    1. The last time they went to kennels they were both so stressed at all the barking, although they loved playtime in the small dog section. And now that they are older neither of them is vaccinated as they have now both had bad reactions to the yearly boosters.

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  4. Oh, bless them, but how lovely that they were happy while you were away. xx

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    1. They had a great time, as good as ours, I think. :-)

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