Friday, November 5, 2010

And I'm Off!

My bag is (almost) packed as I get ready to hit the airport in just a few hours. It's been a long time since I've flown or gone to a new city by myself. While I'm pretty comfortable with a new adventure, the travel anxieties have kicked in.

I've tried to prep for today over the course of a couple days to avoid last minute panic and to try and keep things as normal as possible for Kona. Some of you asked what Kona will be up to while I'm in New York. (Our friend Mayzie even invited Kona over for a beer. Mayzie has a thing for beer). Lucky for Kona, she'll get to stay at home with my parents. My parents adore her and she loves them, so it works out well.

Dogs make you think twice about travel. You have to find pet friendly places to stay or find a place to board while you're away. Traveling becomes more precarious with a fearful dog like Kona. Boarding her is not an option. Up until a few months ago, I wouldn't have trusted her with a pet sitter coming to the house. I now feel like there are a couple people who could come to the house in a real emergency to take care of Kona. That feels huge! All the same, I'm so grateful to have my parents to help out.

Thankfully, Kona doesn't have any separation anxiety. I've had to be away for work on a number of occasions, so I'm getting better about not having separation anxiety.

Now I'm off to buy ear plugs, an eye mask and a watch battery.

I'll be back on Monday with a weekend report. Kona will be well rested and ready for more trail adventures!


Priscilla said...

Ooh wow! Glad Kona will be in great hands and you don't worry about her. She'll be fine!!
Have a wonderful time and run well!

Sara said...

Safe travels! Can't wait to hear all about it!

I've never left Oreo home, but am thinking about doing it soon (if my parents are willing/available). Be brave Kona...your mom is going on an adventure!

Diana said...

Good luck and have fun! Diana

LauraK said...

Pictures like that of Kona make me realize how much our girlies look alike. It's a little crazy!

It's always a relief when you can leave your pup in the hands of someone that you trust. I know that I'm always more at ease and can enjoy my trip when I know my animals are ok. I agree with you though- I think it's us that has more of the separation anxiety! I'm terrible about it :)

I am so excited to hear all about your trip and your experience running a marathon- best of luck to you and safe travels!

LauraK said...

P.S. I just posted on my blog about how much our girls resemble each other and I used the pic from this post- PLEASE let me know if you want me to remove it, I just thought it would be fun to put the two pictures next to each other! I wasn't trying to steal it or anything :)

Kathy said...

I am soo excited for you, have a really great time and I know Kona will be OK. YEA for your parents being so great!!! HAVE FUN!!!!

Two Pitties in the City said...

I never realized how having dogs does make travel more difficult. It sounds like Kona is in good hands, and I'm so excited to hear about your marathon adventure. Good luck!

Dream Valley Ranch said...

Good luck in the marathon!! My brother runs it every year-I can't wait to read your update!

So happy that Kona and your parents have a mutual admiration society :)

Good luck!!!

Dawn said...

You're living the dream! Have fun! Take the time to look around and really SEE what's going on. It's a wonderful experience, a wonderful city! I hope you love it!

Can't wait to hear all about it!

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm glad that Kona is gonna have a good time with her grandpawrents. But the offer is still open to come haves a brewski.

Have fun and be safe on your trip! And good luck! I'm SOOOOO super excited for you! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Wiggles & Wags,

Dawn said...

Can't wait to hear!!!! Hope you had fun!

Brittany said...

Good Luck! Glad to hear that Kona will be perfectly fine while you are away.

I can't wait to hear about your adventure!

Kristine said...

I hope you had an amazing experience at the marathon!

KB said...

I thought of you a lot yesterday, zooming toward the finish line! I hope that you had fun! Can't wait to hear the report.

Your cause has even greater meaning to me today than it did before you left for NYC.

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

I'm going to NYC in the spring, and I'm already nervous about it. I hope you had a good trip, and a good run ... cannot wait to hear the news.