Pat Parker16 February 2012 at 10:13pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Aw, thanks Darcy! As far as Harry is concerned, I have three (3) options and am fairly sure I've got it figured out . . . just gonna work out the details.
Option #1 is to have him board at my vet -- he would be absolutely fine there and I used to board Dustydog there. However, because this is the first time I'm leaving him, and he's still so new to me and his home, I am not really sure how he'd deal with being in a kennel situation (he's already won the battle of the crate -- in two weeks time, he proved that he was never going to be happy in the crate and I was running out of clever ways to get him in there. Fortunately, he has also proved to behave himself in the house, so that worked out well for both of us).
Option #2 is to have Harry stay with my brother (Harry) for the week. However, Harry and Joan take care of their granddaughter Molly (20 months old and very, very active). Although Harry and Molly get along splendidly, having the two together might prove to be a bit too much and I don't want to impose on them -- the offer is there, but I'm thinking of going with Option #3 instead . . .
Option #3 -- Harry's dog walker is a really great lady, she's the property manager of the condo community where I live and she lives only 4 doors down from me. She walks Harry for me on Fri nights and Sat mornings when I work my 16-hour shifts (the other nights, I work 8-hr overnights and Harry is good with that amount of time).
Because I know that Harry is happy here in the home and he doesn't really get himself in any trouble (there, now that I said that, we'll wait and see what happens ). I asked her last weekend if she would consider taking care of him for me -- she could walk him a few times a day, stay in the house with him for awhile to keep him company and in the end, I think he might do very well that way. Although I think he'd miss me, dogs really don't have a sense of time in the way we do, so as long as he is having some company each day and being cared for, I think he might just do best in his own home. (I still need to work out the details -- costs, etc., but I'm leaning towards this option).
So, along with all of my other planning, Harry will be included, as well.
I love your Otis -- he's so cute and I know that Harry and him would get along really well. Harry is so full of energy and loves to play with everyone -- canine and human, alike!
Nemesis_4720 February 2012 at 3:29pmPosts: 989 (0 today)Status: offline
Nemesis_4722 February 2012 at 3:05amPosts: 989 (0 today)Status: offline
Pat, do you know who is appearing on the Ellen show yet???
Pat Parker24 February 2012 at 3:48pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Well, here it is Friday, Feb 24th and I've only a short time before I go on my California vacation. Of course, I have plenty to do to keep me busy, but haven't had much of a productive week this past week -- next week is IT! so I can guarantee you that all will get done -- amazing how that works, isn't it? It's like playing beat the clock . . . hmm, it IS playing beat the clock, who am I fooling?!
So, I'm not sure how much time I'll have to be on here next week, but I promise that when I return I will share my stories (as I'm sure to have a few ).
I've got some tentative itinerary worked out for myself and for the most part, my stay will be very short, but I'm going to try to have it fun-filled and packed with as much as I can handle.
As for the Ellen show -- no word on the guests and actually I will not be 100% sure until I'm there because they tape more than one day's worth of shows in a day so I'm not sure which show I'll be attending -- either Thur or Fri show, I suppose. Regardless of who is on, I'm sure to enjoy it -- don't look for me in the audience, I'm going to do my best to not be on camera and have no idea what I'll be wearing (probably turquoise something or other ) at this point.
Still hoping I get to hang with George Clooney for a bit -- what a cool guy he seems to be and I could have a laugh or two with him over a drink -- hey, don't laugh at me -- stranger things have happened and guess what? I live my life with hopes and dreams and many of them have come true, so my motto is "it can't hurt to wish for it" . . . you just never know!
Meanwhile, I've got Harry's situation under control -- the dog walker will take care of him and stay with him for a few hours each day to play with him and occupy him. So, all is well on that end of the planning.
I'm working the weekend as usual next weekend -- 16-hrs on Friday 3p-7a Sat, overnights on Sat & Sun (11p-7a) and then when I get home on Monday morning from work, I'll be in my Zombie mode, but will have to caffeine it up and keep moving because I'll be heading to my brother's to have him take me to the airport.
I'm flying from Lancaster, PA to BWI (Baltimore, MD) and then have a direct flight to Los Angeles, CA. This is really an awesome deal and will work out best for me, especially since traveling to Philly to catch a flight would have been so difficult to do after working and being in my zombie mode. The flight from Lancaster to Baltimore is only 40 minutes and it's in one of those small commercial planes. This will be the first time ever that I've flown in a small plane and I honestly am a bit nervous about that -- I keep joking that I might as well do some crop dusting while I'm up there . However, I think the worst thing I need to worry about is that it's noisy -- and that's not such a bad thing to keep me awake until I get settled in on my United flight to LA.
Since Monday is my "zombie" day, I can think of no better time to fly to LA -- once I'm on my flight, I will have 5-6 solid hours of nothing to do but sleep -- and sleep I will! I'll arrive in LA at night (and for me it'll be 3 hours later than anyone else), so I've no big plans but to grab a bite to eat, have a drink (with George probably ) and then have a fresh start on Tuesday.
Oh, I'm also going to attend the Craig Ferguson show -- I have tix to Conan, but really wanted Craig (as he is the person I watch routinely), so now that I have Craig tix, that's where I'll go. So, 2 shows -- Ellen and Craig and a whole lot more! Can't wait. Sunny California, here I come!!!
Progressive jen24 February 2012 at 7:59pmPosts: 5474 (0 today)Status: offline
So happy for you, looks like you're going to have a great time.
I really wish I could have taken you up on the offer to go with but unfortunately I have to keep up the job search
If you meet George give him my regards, also you should ask him if he knows PG a lot of these celebs do know each other.
Have a wonderful and safe trip!!!!!!
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Pat Parker25 February 2012 at 10:43pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
I'll be sure to have fun and Jen, I think that George would at least know of PG and his works. George is also a very big human rights activist, so I think they (George and PG) have friends in the same circles.
I will most definitely plan on having a great time . . . now I just have to get moving on all the things I need to do before I leave.
Progressive jen26 February 2012 at 1:04amPosts: 5474 (0 today)Status: offline
I bet you can't wait to catch some zzz's on the flight over with everything you have to do.
It'll be worth it I have no doubt
Pat Parker26 February 2012 at 11:30pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Can't wait to go on vacation, yet I have so much to do beforehand that it's difficult to get excited -- more stressed out is more like it.
As for catching those zzzzzzz's -- yes, I'm hoping that it will be a nice restful sleep, but honestly on a Zombie Monday -- I could fall asleep standing up and would enjoy the rest!
The best part of the whole trip is that I will be completely computer-less. I do not have a laptop and even if I did, I do not believe in spending my time on the computer when I'm on vacation -- I spend enough time on here when I'm home; when I'm on vacation, I prefer to be free of my normal everday routine, including the computer.
I will have my I-phone with me, however, and can check in on facebook now and then -- however, because the keyboard is piss ant size, I don't enjoy typing much on there -- too many errors because I'm "all thumbs" so to speak. I will also have my kindle with me for reading, etc., but outside of that, I have a feeling I'll be coming home to an overload of e-mails, etc.,
Pat Parker1 March 2012 at 1:07pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Well, this past week has been quite busy for me and as usual, I'm still running a bit behind for all that I need to do, but overall, I am getting it together for my trip to California!
I'm super excited about it and know that I'll have a great time. ("You make your own good time", has always been my motto, so I never listen to people when they complain about not having a good time -- it's no one else's fault but their own).
A rep from the Ellen show called yesterday to confirm the reservations. Although she was not able to tell me who the guest will be nor which day the show will be shown, she said I'll find out on the day of the show. Well, no duh!
I've had a change in plans for Harry -- he's going to board with the vet now because I really didn't want him in the house alone for all those days. The pet sitter was able to sit with him for quite awhile each time, but overall, I was worried that he might get into trouble with no one around for the most part. So, he'll stay with the vet and I'm sure he'll be okay.
I will have no computer access while I'm gone -- which is really a luxury that I enjoy when I'm on vacation. Who knows how this place will be when I return, but hopefully, all will be lunie!
Kind regards to all,
I wish I lived near you Pat, I'd take care of Harry (he's such a cutie!)
We'll miss you when you're gone, and can't wait to hear of your adventures when you get back!
Pat Parker1 March 2012 at 6:31pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Ah, Jen, that's so sweet and you know what . . . you could be onto something. Perhaps we can have a Lunatics Services group here -- hhhmmm, will have to give that more thought later, but we could start a business, perhaps!
I'm actually getting melancholy already, knowing that I have to bring Harry to the vet and leave him. He's so very new to me and I'm worried that he'll feel abandoned, but hopefully he'll forgive me when I see him the following Saturday.
The very first time that I ever boarded Dustydog was when she was rather older. Every year, I used to go to Eire for St. Paddy's Day week and my friend Bob would stay with her and take care of her. One year, his vacation (in New Orleans' Mardi Gras) and mine conflicted so Dustydog went to the vet to stay. I remember being really worried about her, but reassured myself that she would be in safe hands. Afterall, she was going to be at the vet, yeah???
Imagine my worry when they asked me for the name of an emergency contact! I thought, "You're the freakin' vet, what in the world could happen that you would have to call my niece for an emergency -- you're the vet who would be handling any such emergency?!!!" -- Now, of course, I get it, but it initially felt like such an oxymoron that the vet would need to call someone in my family with a Dustydog emergency! (Fortunately, no such calls were ever needed).
The people at the vet are very nice and we've already met the person who is in charge of boarding. He'll have space to run and exercise, they'll take him on walks and I think the worst thing that might happen to him is that he will not eat -- but by the end of the day, I think he'll finish his meal.
Okay, I'm hopping off here to have some lunch and walk Harry and then get back to all that I'm doing to get ready (and get my house ready also -- I always like to have everything done in the house so that when I return home, I don't have to worry about it).
Enjoy your week, lunies!
He'll miss you Pat but I'm sure he'll be okay.
I bet he'll go a little crazy at first when his mommy comes back to get him.
Pat Parker2 March 2012 at 1:10pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Thanks, Jen! I'm sorta looking forward to the day I pick up Harry and can't wait to see his reaction -- of course, hopefully, it'll be one of happiness
Ela2 March 2012 at 4:45pmPosts: 1336 (0 today)Status: offline
I would focus on the day you pick him up at the vet after you get back from CA. He will forgive and forget and you two will have an amazing reunion, with lots of kisses and tail-wagging! I'm sure you'll spoil him rotten with attention when you get back!
Pat Parker5 March 2012 at 3:52pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Well, in a few short hours, I'll be heading west. Had a great start to the day in that I was able to be off work last night and didn't have to rush home in the morning to get everything ready. I was Home on Call -- which means they can call me in at any time, but fortunately, I wasn't called in to work. I was up until @ 2:30 a.m. however, because I had already been caffeinated for working night shift -- so I managed to do some things around the house.
I brought Harry to the vet this morning and he was okay -- he does not like the car, nor does he like the vet's office any more. He did, however, go readily with Michelle, when it came time for him to leave. I'm having a bit of separation anxiety but I know he'll be fine.
So, I'll check in with you later next week after I've returned home and settled back in. Have a great week, everyone!