Friday, March 5, 2010

travel = anxiety

Well, at least for me it does. I love to travel. I hate to leave my dogs. The sad truth is that there are not a lot of places that can accommodate 12 dogs. And there are not a lot of cars that accommodate 12 dogs. So when we do travel the pups stay home. The truth is, it's good. They get to stay in an environment where they are comfortable. My very fabulous parents and brother who they know and love come and take care of them. But I am a worrier. Always have been. And let me tell you, I am a pro. I have found ways to worry that would put the best worrier to shame. For example, as a child the opening into the attic in our house was in my bedroom closet and the door was always a little askew, just a little open. That worried me. I wanted to close it all the way BUT what if I did and then one day it was open again? There's just no good answer there so the worry stuck with me until we moved, like five years later.

I worry before every trip. But I do think there is a bit more validity to my worry this time, what with Preacher's stuff and Clarence's bout with, well, poopie issues. I have been to the vet to discuss my travel plans and I have called them. My dad asked me today if I have considered slipping some sort of GPS device into the vet's shoe so I can know where he is at all times. I know, I know, I am totally over the top - but these are my kids. I don't have people kids, I have dog kids. My name is Laura and I am a worrier.


jemswillam's Blog said...

My God!..its very weird and amazing to know that any body loves their pet up to this level...In such a case I have a great solution for you my friend...try some meditation/herbal medicine to overcome your anxiety along with thing optimistically.
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robyncz said...

I don't think it's weird or amazing. I think it's totally normal (times 12). Everybody has a little anxiety when they leave a pet. I know I do. I don't want it to be hard on the animals OR the people taking care of them!

You're the kind of person who cares enough about these animals that you have provided a wonderful home to 12 dogs (and some cats) that nobody else wanted to care for. Of course you're going to worry about them. But you also know that you have the best possible people looking after them and they're all going to be fine.

So have a GREAT trip. And give all those sweet pups a cuddle when you get back.

Kate said...

Phew! Glad I'm not the only one. I worried so much about Ollie before we left for our last vacation, and I made the husband bring her to the vets for boarding. I couldn't stand to say goodbye to her. You're an amazing dog mom! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.