For the Love of Pets
For my birthday this past April, my family gave me a photo of a very small adorable Boston Terrier puppy, and then they told me that she was mine. I thought it was a joke. She was just five weeks old and was living with a breeder in Missouri. For four more weeks, I waited for her to be weaned before she could be sent by plane to Boise. This was all I knew. When the day arrived, my eldest daughter, a friend and I headed for the airport. Here’s what I learned within the memorable half hour that ensued.
1) Don’t go to baggage claim and run around with a silly expectant grin on your face asking random airport employees where the puppies might be. Huge waste of time.
2) Take your cell phone with you in case your ride leaves you standing empty-handed on the sidewalk.
3) Instead head directly to the cargo area.
4) Know the airline on which puppy is traveling and what time she arrives.
5) Be sure to have wet wipes if not a full on warm jug of soapy water and towel. Also bring new bedding for her crate, because that soggy, crappy mess that she arrived with needs to get tossed, right about quick.
7) Bring tweezers. Apparently ticks travel by cargo also.
8) Know the breed of dog and your own name. That seems to be the only thing they require. (Have we learned nothing from the terrorist snakes…?!)
9) Don’t worry if the puppy is less than conversational. Like many women, she needs a moment of attitude adjustment when approaching a new situation. If the pup is one with balls...oops. Not my field of expertise.
Happy, sleepless, warm, cuddly puppy-days!