We are not taking our animals with us to Korea.
I’m not happy about it, believe me. Now before you get your panties in a bunch hear me out. I hate on those who ditch their pets at the shelter as soon as they get orders. Pets are forever, believe me, I’d do anything for them. That’s why I’m NOT taking them with me.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen these two filling up my feed. Snugs & Mr. Man are going to live at my parents house. They lived there before with me for about 2 years. We moved there after I got laid off until I married DH. So they know the house, the people and the two other cats L & Tut who will be there. They liked it there and will be pampered and loved as if we were there with them.
Why aren’t we bringing them?
First and foremost, I will never, ever, ever put my cats in the hold of some airplane. I’ve heard too many horror stories of cats escaping and getting lost in the airport or animals getting sick or even dying from lack of care by airline employees (not giving them food/water). I’m just not willing to risk it, I’d never forgive myself if something happened to them. Secondly, the trip is long. They will be confined for a long time, and for an undetermined amount of time once we get there stuck in the kennels on base. I don’t want them to have to go through that. There’s also been some confusion about living arrangements once we get there. If we live on base, no pets allowed. So, it’s in their best interest for them to go stay with my parents.
The Mud Pony:
As much as I’d love to bring Mud Pony with me, I can’t. It would be thousands of dollars to ship him. Not to mention we’d be living in a huge city, and I don’t think equestrian activities are a big thing in Korea. So he’s going to the barn where I learned to ride in VT and will be taken care of by my sister. Actually, he’s already there and all settled in.
I’m just trying to do what is best for my animals. I know they will be well taken care of, but that doesn’t make the thought of going 3 years without them any easier. They are my comfort and give me strength. I don’t know how I would have gotten through DH’s first deployment if I didn’t have Mud Pony & friends to take care of. It may seem silly, but we will try to Skype with them. We truly are leaving behind a huge part of our family. Imagine leaving your kids behind, it’s like that (I can hear you parents say “No it’s not!!” now, trust me. It is.). I dread the goodbyes (don’t mind me sobbing), but dream of the welcome homes we will get.