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Saturday, October 13, 2012


In just a few more days Gregg and I are heading to Kansas to visit friends.  For the past week, I have found myself feeling more and more anxious as our departure day draws closer.  Not only because of my fear of flying (at least this time I know what to expect), but primarily because we are leaving Mindy again.

When I started planning this trip earlier in the year, the memory of Mindy’s last boarding experience in 2009 still lingered heavily on my mind.  As I wrote in my book, the last time I boarded her she would not eat, she refused to come out of her kennel and she reverted back to her insecure shelter behavior.  Even the trainer admitted that she underestimated her anxiety.  It marred my vacation knowing just how bad she was struggling while we were on the other side of the country. I wanted this time away to be different for all of us.

Fast forward three years later, and we were once again faced with the decision as to whether or not we should board her. Ultimately it was my desire not to so I asked my neighbors if they would take care of her while we are gone.  To my relief, they agreed.  I feel confident that she has made enough progress with her separation anxiety to stay home as opposed to being boarded in unfamiliar surroundings.  She can still sleep in her own bed in the comfort of our house.  Plus, we now have iron gates that she can’t chew through.  Knowing she will get her nightly walk, eat her own food and spend time with her friends Abbey and Stella definitely gives me peace of mind.

Do I think she will have some form of anxiety?  Of course I do.  But because of our close friendship with the Wises, she is very comfortable around them as well.  Plus, I know I can call them any time to check on her instead of leaving messages that go unreturned. They understand my anxiety when it comes to her well-being.

I honestly would not trust anybody to take care of her except for our wonderful neighbor friends and I thank Mark and Tammy from the bottom of my heart!  I think we will be able to enjoy ourselves with better peace of mind.   I will blog about how it went when we return.

Until then……I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!