* Sorry for not blogging much – my humans are super busy, rushing around every day looking at houses to rent. They’re not having much luck so far, so are getting a bit stressy. Will tell you more about it in my next post!
So…while I was enjoying arriving in Perth first and having a wonderful mini-holiday at Trish & Luni’s Estate…
(OK, except for the weird, wannabe plastic grass – I wasn’t going anywhere near that! ) –
(* Thanks again to Trish for these photos! )
…meanwhile back in Sydney, things were not quite so relaxing!! Poor Muesli was getting more and more stressy as her home started being packed up all around her. Well, you know how kitties are Control Freaks who just DON’T LIKE CHANGE so they get really disturbed when their environment is changed. Much more than us doggies who usually don’t care much, as long as we’re still with our pack…
Look – the day before the Movers came, when my humans had almost finished the packing and most of the house was in boxes, Hsin-Yi found Muesli in the living room hugging Paul’s slippers and giving dirty looks to anybody who went past…
Hsin-Yi says it was almost a kindness taking Muesli to stay at the pet hotel, away from all the chaos, ‘coz Muesli was getting so freaked out by all the furniture moved around and the boxes everywhere and weird thumping and noises and she wasn’t eating properly and kept trying to hide…
Anyway! The day after the Movers had come to take everything away, it was my humans’ (and Muesli’s) turn to go on the Big Flying Machine and fly to Perth! So they got up early and went to the pet hotel to collect Muesli – and then took her to a special office next to the Domestic Terminal, called Australian Air Express, where pets can check-in for their flight.
See, Muesli could have had Jet Pets look after her too but Hsin-Yi researched it and that would have cost $400!!! Whereas if my humans took her to the AAE themselves and did all the paperwork and checked her in as an “Accompanied Pet”, it only cost $60, plus $70 for the travel crate (you can only do this for Domestic flights; International flights have to use a pet travel consultant). They couldn’t do this for me ‘coz you can only travel as an “Accompanied Pet” if you’re below 50kg (110lbs) – humph! Typical! Size discrimination to big doggies!! – so I had to go with Jet Pets. (Although my humans said it was probably easier letting Jet Pets handle my flight anyway ‘coz they would have had to hire a special van machine to transport my huge travel crate! )
So Muesli was weighed and checked-in and went off in her travel crate (sprayed with lots of Feliway!), tucked into a soft, old towel and another of Paul’s old T-shirts, which my humans had specially put in my bed for a few days, so that it would have some of my scent on it as well (coz Muesli seems to like my doggie BO for some reason! )
Quick! Just time for my humans to board the Big Flying Machine! Don’t want to miss the flight otherwise Muesli won’t have anyone to pick her up at the other end!!
It was a nice, short flight (well, my humans are used to flying 20+hrs around the world, from Down Under back to Europe, so they think 5hrs is a short flight…I don’t think Muesli agreed – hee! hee! ) – and my humans were very excited to look out the windows and see Perth as they were arriving. Unfortunately, you had to turn all mobile phone machines off when landing (and her big fancy camera machine was packed away), so Hsin-Yi couldn’t get any pictures out of the window to show you…
Anyway, once they got their bags, my humans rushed round to the freight centre to collect Muesli.
The flight had been a bit bumpy and the landing quite loud, so they were worried that Muesli had been totally traumatised by the whole thing…but actually, she was much better than they thought! (Still giving dirty looks though.)
It wasn’t a long drive from the airport to the temporary place that we are staying at, for the first few weeks in Perth – until we find a proper home to rent.
Hsin-Yi did some research online when we were still back in Sydney and she found a great “self-catering” place where you can stay for a few weeks each time…and they allow pets! It’s almost impossible to find that in the city. Usually, places that allow pets are holiday houses out in the countryside or on the beach, far away out of the city. So we were really lucky! And it’s not even like a B&B or something – this is like a mini-house, with a kitchen, living/dining room and 2 bedrooms. Perfect for a short stay.
Well, the evening that my humans and Muesli arrived, Trish took me over to join them! It was great to be all back together as a family again!
I think Muesli was quite happy to see me coz she was meowing at me lots (complaining about her flight) and kept coming up to strop herself against me…
Hsin-Yi said that we always take the same kind of “family photos” which gets boring – so she wanted to do something more creative for our family reunion photo this time – so…Ta-Da!
And you know what? Trish must have some special magic ‘coz Muesli came right out to say hello to her! Usually, Muesli freaks out and runs to hide under the bed or something whenever strangers come to our house and she had been doing this with all the other people, like the owner of our temporary place – but with Trish, she was all relaxed & friendly!
Trish is so good with doggies (she helps all the rescue Danes in Western Australia) – and obviously, good with kitties too! Hsin-Yi says she must be one of those people with special animal magic!
Well, as for me, I was almost as happy to see my Giant Beanbag Bed as I was to see my humans!
My humans had emptied all the beans out back in Sydney, ‘coz it’s just too HUGE and difficult to carry otherwise, and washed both the inner & outer cover…and then folded it up and packed it to bring with them. Then Trish was so nice and helped to buy some bags of beans from Kmart and she brought them over when she brought me – so that my humans could fill up my beanbag bed immediately and have it all ready for me! (It took 400L of beans!)
Ah…I missed my bed!!
Although the lady who owns this temporary place loves animals and is pet-friendly, some of her other guests aren’t – and the man coming in to stay after us is SUPER fussy & grumpy! So she told my humans to make sure there are no hairs or dirt on the furniture anywhere…
Well, that’s almost impossible! Hsin-Yi got so paranoid about fur/hair getting on things (especially from Muesli – kitty hair gets everywhere and never comes off!!) – she decided to rush out immediately and buy lots of cheap sheets & towels to cover everything.
So now, the sofa is covered with a big, fitted sheet and all the dining chairs are covered with towels. Plus the other bed in the 2nd bedroom is covered up with a fitted sheet too – so that if Muesli lies anywhere, she won’t leave hairs on it. And of course, Hsin-Yi will have to vacuum lots and keep a constant “slobber watch”!!
Remember how – ever since my Awful, Scary Experience back in Auckland, when we had to go to doggie dancing on a Slippy Dance Floor – I get really scared & stressy when I go on wooden floors? I don’t like them at all and will stand in the corner of the room, too afraid to walk anywhere, and whimper and cry. Or I will just get on my Pet Futon and be too scared to get off again…besides, it really IS slippery when I try to stand up again after lying down; I start scrabbling around, like a swimming doggie, and panic and get more scared…
Hsin-Yi has tried to help me learn to be brave again and she did manage to do it in Brisbane & Newcastle & Sydney, when we had shiny, wooden floors in the houses there – but every time we go somewhere new with shiny, wooden floors, I freak out again. Since we’re only going to be here a short time and Hsin-Yi is so busy, she didn’t have time to do training & desensitisation with me – so she found a quick fix!
She didn’t want to buy lots of rugs coz they cost so much money paper (and we have our own ones coming from Sydney) – but she had an idea: she remembered that people often put a kind of rubber mat underneath rugs to stop them sliding around…well, why not just put the rubber mats by themselves? She found them in The Reject Shop, for just $10 per roll – so she got a few and spread them everywhere…voila! No more scary, slippery wooden floors!
Well, they don’t look very pretty or fancy or anything but hey – they work and they didn’t cost a lot of money paper!
So now our Temporary Mini-House is lovely and comfy for me and Muesli…
There is no private garden with this Temporary Mini-House – it is part of a big block of flats and we are on the ground floor. So there is a small garden all around the whole block and every morning, after breakfast, one of my humans takes me out for a stroll around “the grounds” – to do my business and have a morning sniff around.
Am very good about not running off by myself and I always come when called – so my humans don’t have to keep me on leash and I can have a nice mooch around by myself, with them supervising nearby, as long as I stay on “the grounds” and don’t step out onto the side-walk or the road…
And although our Temporary Mini-House doesn’t have its own garden, it does have a sort of “ground-floor balcony” – where I can go out safely on my own…and Muesli too, on her harness (good thing we trained her to that when she was a baby kitty!) – so she can get a bit of fresh air.
The balcony gets good sunshine in the mornings so I can have a lovely time sun-bathing too!
By the way, Muesli handled the whole move MUCH better than my humans expected! They really thought she would need to see a Kitty Psychiatrist by the time she got to Perth – and would at least spend the first few days hiding under the bed or something…but no, she really surprised and impressed us!
My humans have been crazy busy since we arrived, especially running around looking at houses for rent…so we haven’t seen much of Perth yet but even the little bit we’ve seen is beautiful! Like – my humans always make time to take me for my daily walk every afternoon/evening – here’s a picture Hsin-Yi got on her mobile phone machine of me walking around the neighbourhood…isn’t it pretty?
Well, I’ve still got LOTS of adventures to tell you about (yes, 2 weeks in Perth and I’m having new adventures already! ) – but gotta go now.
But I’ll be back soon to tell you more about Perth – and our big house-hunting challenge too…I hope we won’t be homeless for much longer!