Well, the shipping of the pets over to the United Kingdom was stressful, to say the least. But it's time to give the fur babies their spot on the blog and give you a little update on how they are doing 4 months in! Let's start with Punkins...
First off, Punkins had a bit of a rough time on her flight over. She is absolutely terrified of kennels, always has been. As a little kitty, she would poop herself every time I put her in one to take her to the vet (just imagine this with all of her fluffy white fur). So I began to just let her ride in the car and would take her in to the vet in my arms. She was totally unaware of any other animals and has always been perfectly content in my arms when we go anywhere.
Well there was just no way of getting around the kennel problem when shipping her over here. I knew it wouldn't even matter how big the kennel was. So on the flight from Dallas to London, she tore out just about all of her front claws trying to escape her kennel. And I know she pooped herself again, because she had been bathed during their layover in Frankfurt. I felt like the worst pet parent in the world when I picked her up from the Heathrow Animal Reception Center and saw her little bloody toes, but she acted like I had rescued her and was so happy to be out of her kennel. She never winced in pain or acted like she was hurt and they eventually healed. So glad that's over with!!
She now spends most of her days peering from atop the staircase (she LOVES this) or sleeping under the radiators. I honestly don't understand sleeping under the radiators, she has to be melting in all of that fur! She also loves venturing out into the conservatory with the boys to peer out into the garden. And she also has done really well with changing her food (her regular brand is just WAY to expensive over here). So I would say England suits her. Now for the boys...
My mom definitely had a stressful day when she had to send all three of the animals off by herself, and I know it broke her heart to send the boys into their kennels. Bruno also hates his kennel (I mean what is with my animals??). I can just imagine him whimpering in his kennel waiting to board his flight. Poor guy. I knew in my heart that the layover in Frankfurt would be good for him, to get out of his kennel and have some human interaction.
Bruno is having the hardest time of the 3 animals it seems. Our backyard is rocks with garden beds and I think he is frustrated to not be able to dig (but good for us). He also doesn't have a lot of room to run around and get his energy out. Yes, he gets his daily walks and gets to run off-leash, but he has such an enormous amount of energy. He has been a little tense when meeting other dogs and people, which is a bit off for him. But still, he wakes up every morning in his happy, crazy, hyper Bruno mood so I think he will be ok.
And finally, Willis. I mean what can you say. Give him a bed and a toy and he's happy. He has become the laziest I have ever seen him since we moved here. I have no doubt that he slept through the entire 9 hour flight over here and I'm sure he didn't think anything of it. He loves his crate, it's just another bed to him. The only thing he is having issues with is the cold, wet, ground. He refuses to go outside and eat his food if the ground is wet. Sometimes, I have to pick his big butt up and put him outside. He's such a character. I mean he is an "English" bulldog right?!? He just had his 5th birthday on the 29th and has been doing perfect health wise. He's my little momma's boy :)
Sometimes I doubt our decision for paying the ridiculous amount of money it took to get them over here, especially when they have been acting up (hehe). But then I imagine what life would be like without them here. Truth be told, I am alone everyday while Van is at work. I can't possibly imagine waking up and not seeing those wiggly butts get going when they see me. I can't imagine not singing "Good Morning" to them everyday. Yes, I am one of those people who talks to my pets! They love me no matter what and I think that's incredibly special.
Do you have a special bond with your pets like I do? I'd love to hear about them :)