Usually when my folks pack their bags for a car ride, my stuff is included. When an airplane is involved, they use different suitcases, and I don’t get to go. I’m okay with not flying. I’ve seen too many horror stories on the news of dogs being forgotten or lost. Anyway, I knew something was up when I was taken to the park on a Thursday. Don’t get me wrong; any day is a great day to visit the grass. Oh, it feels so good on your paws! However, my mom usually takes me on Fridays. When we returned, my dad had loaded everything up in the car, but my things were still in the house. Mom told me Maureen—our pet sitter— would be here later and that they would be returning in a couple of days. They were heading to a place called Mexico.
Apparently, Puerto Peñasco or Rocky Point is a coastal resort community off the Gulf of California in the Mexican state of Sonora. It is about 4 ½ hours south of Phoenix and is considered Arizona’s beach since so many Americans have retired there. My folks were staying at the Sonoran Sea but there are lots of great options. The people are friendly, the atmosphere laid back, and dogs are welcome. Wait…what? Why exactly was I left behind you ask? Good question! I asked it as well, and my folks said that although dogs are allowed to cross the border, every once in a while, one will be detained. You may or may not get your dog back, and my parents consider me family and didn’t want to risk it. Acceptable answer. Besides, they were celebrating my dad’s birthday, and he likes a break. Hmm. We’ll have to talk about that.
This left me and my brother behind at the house. I am a great guard dog, and my brother gives me something to chase. We enjoy staying in our own house with all our stuff. Some humans take their fur kids to Maureen’s, and they do sleep overs. It’s really up to the humans and their preference. Anyway, after a nice long nap, Maureen arrived. She is such a sweet human. Her and her husband, Jeff, own and operate Paws On Pet Sitting (www.pawsonpetsitting.com). They take excellent care of fur kids while humans travel. She always greets us with a big smile followed by lots of pets. I get excited and run around the house with toys, and she follows me! After some fetch, she got the leash. That means a walk. Woof! Off to check out the hood.
During her visits, she checks our water and food dishes. She scoops my brother’s poop, and I know Edmond appreciates it. Frankly, I do as well! Ick. On certain days, she will water my mom’s plants to keep them alive, and she always grabs the mail. We see her twice a day, so that breaks up the day. Edmond gets brushed, and we both get treats. She’s so good to us that we hardly miss our humans…just don’t tell them I said that. We have to make them feel guilty for leaving us so we get extra special love when they return. Hee hee.
Before I knew it, my folks were pulling into the garage safe and sound. My pack was together once again. Muy bien! Should you require pet sitting services, I highly recommend Paws On Pet Sitting. Tell Maureen Kuma sent you.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!