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    some of the nuisance stuff involved in Aruba travel

    ......from the viewpoint of one that has to do it all

    my dog eats only a handful of dry kibble a day and 4 oz of chicken breast and 1/8 cup of rice.........all this has to be prepared, packaged and frozen for the dog sitter

    cat sitter arrangements, house key to him as well as detailed instructions.

    finding the prepared food in the freezer that we are taking.....i forgot to label

    realizing that when we made withdrawal from the checking account on saturday, we got no 5's or 1's. back to the bank tomorrow.

    packing....ironing, rolling, packing.

    there are some that might say "stop your whining", but seriously i am so tired of cooking for the dog....12 yrs of cooking (she has IBS) and that is what she has to eat.

    printer out of ink for boarding passes to be printed tomorrow
    rant over.

    do any of you have issues with having to go to aruba that you wish would disappear?

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    NO... just chill chill chill

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    Andrea, I am sooooo glad I am not the only one that has to do that stuff for the dogs !!! One of our dogs (nephew's actually, but Dh and I feed him with ours everyday) has allergies so bad that he has to eat chicken and rice with dry...so have to prepare for our sitter.
    Have thoroughobreds so are in stalls in barn, have to be fed and watered 2x day... have to make sure enough hay and grain ready for sitter....
    Sitter is young (20)...have to remove all alcohol from unlocked cupboards, carry upstairs to bedroom. Wine cooler has to be emptied and carried over to nephew's fridge (then I have to worry he won't give me back my wine ....)
    Beer in back frigde...who knows what I will do with that ...maybe hope he won't drink it....
    THEN....on top of all that, this year I have to go to florida for work thursday-saturday...fly home sat early evening, stay at airport, Dh will come down in evening and hopefully he will bring the right already packed suitcases as well as my carry-on big purse with passports, money, etc....
    I have been a nervous wreck for about 2 weeks !!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    We had a rescue dog who we had to cook for, chicken and rice every day. My husband said Sam ate better than he did lol! My only complaint about traveling to Aruba is the drive to the airport. It took us eight hours once, due to bad weather and a road closure. Normally takes us 5. This year I counted my medication wrong and had to get it in Aruba. Thankfully, the pharmacy called the doctor and they were able to make up the difference.

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    Andrea...... safe travels... you'll get it all done, breathe a sigh of relief and get to Aruba, have a wonderful time and get to see the grandkids.....!

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    Loads of work to get ready but easily so worth it. Hope you enjoy your stay and have safe travels.

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    Your high maintenance dog kind of makes me feel lucky to be allergic to most cats and dogs, I can't imagine having something else that needs to be taken care of.
    I always have at least one major meltdown surrounding getting ready for the trip and packing. Always! Once we get on the plane, it usually fades away pretty quickly.

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    No pets, no kids, no worries... Get on the plane, fly to Aruba, chill out for three weeks, fly home and get back on the hamster wheel...

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    I am getting anxiety just thinking of getting ready! List, list & more list. My husband pays and I do everything else! One of my cats has to eat very slowly or it all comes up quickly (sorry) so I need to write and show the cat sitter how to put the food on the plate ans smash it it up. I have already packed and unpacked twice and no matter what, I always forget something. Tracey you are right, once I am on the plane, it's over! LOL I envy you Walt!
    Someday I would love to just get handed my ticket and a suit case and just go. I know that sounds so spoiled! I thank GOD I am lucky enough to go.

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    OMG yes! Our cat sitter has to put a trail of dry kibble cat food so that tobey does not wolf it down and hurl on the oriental rugs!

    I know we will always have pets, but i kind of look forward to the day where over $600 does not have to be spent out on animal care or worry about animal vomit.

    i am enjoying reading everyone's posts here.

    Danadog...do you have someone to turn out the horses?
    I had a lease horse (belgian mare) and thank goodness I had no barn/turnout/feeding responsibilities.
    However I did have to cover her feet, teeth and worms.
    My lease begins again on Nov 16 (for 6 mos)


    Quote Originally Posted by smoki View Post
    I am getting anxiety just thinking of getting ready! List, list & more list. My husband pays and I do everything else! One of my cats has to eat very slowly or it all comes up quickly (sorry) so I need to write and show the cat sitter how to put the food on the plate ans smash it it up. I have already packed and unpacked twice and no matter what, I always forget something. Tracey you are right, once I am on the plane, it's over! LOL I envy you Walt!
    Someday I would love to just get handed my ticket and a suit case and just go. I know that sounds so spoiled! I thank GOD I am lucky enough to go.

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