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!