I have been pretty inconsistent with my posts on IG and here on the blog and I just have to share all thats been on my heart and really get it off my chest. Since we have found out about our options almost 5 months ago, either A) Asa moving forward in the military and going career or B) getting out and being closer to family, its been a spiral of emotions and there has yet to be any moments of rest. Those options escalated when option A) was you are going to Bahrain for 2 years and….whelp Asa is needs of the navy thats it, Bahrain. Option B) seemed like the obvious route to take but something felt off and we literally had days to decide what we were going to do. I was a hot mess, ugly crying was my permanent look, and I felt like things were falling apart. I am so ready for a forever home, close to family, in a town that feels like my home! But getting out didn’t feel right and we took that as God pushing us to move forward in the direction with the military. So we did it. I pretty much lost my shit and I don’t really think any of it, meaning moving overseas, has actually kicked in.
That part was over. I thought that was the hardest part but clearly I was wrong. The next part was packing and our family pets. You’d think that pets wouldn’t be an issue….haha (the most sarcastic laugh ever) So here is my big rant. The military expects you to up and move across the world away from everything you know, your family, friends, home, EVERYTHING! We started getting things in order for out pets to travel over only to be hit with one blow after another. I expected there to be a lot of paperwork to be done in order for them to enter another country but with all the shots, certifications, signed legal documents, and MORE SHOTS you would think that animals were these undercover secret agents that planned to take over the world and turn everyone into zombies. I’m not kidding! We took the dogs, Bobbie and Marley, to the vet over 6 times which every time costs money and a new set of bull-ishhh we had to do for them. We took the kittens to the vet found out immediately that there was absolutely no way they would be able to go because of their age and the shots that are required. I was heartbroken. What are we supposed to do. We adopted them planning to give them a better life and a forever home and now I am left struggling to figure out how I am going to let them go and who I could trust to take them and love them just as I would. Luckily my family agreed to take them in.
I am going to just jump ahead and shorten this a bit. So We get to Katy, home, to visit with family. Thankfully we got a 30 day leave before our move to say our see you laters and visit with everyone before we left for 2 years. While we were there it was like we were still living life in limbo. Nothing was set in stone, we didn’t have actual flight tickets, and we didn’t know about how our beloved pups were going to get to Bahrain since we didn’t have a flight booked yet. Can you imagine this?!?! It was so unorganized I can’t even really relive it as it makes me itch!!!!
We got down to the wire! Im talking TWO DAYS before we are to leave when we finally got word about flights. Heres the real shity part. The dogs couldn’t go! I was beyond devastated! Livid, confused, shattered, broken. Here is why…..BS! Total BS. No airline will fly them unless a third party puts them on the plane. How stupid is that??? I don’t know the logistics behind it all but there really isn’t much to sit and try to understand about why because with the amount of time we had and money we had already spent there was absolutely no way they were going to get on a flight joining us overseas, especially since the estimate was…..$7,000!
I could go on and on about how pissed I am about it all but the thing is I felt more at ease knowing they were safe and will be safe with my family. The stress I felt on our flight with the kids was enough the last thing I needed was to have my mind reeling in every direction wondering how they were doing in the cargo and heaven forbid something were to happen to them.
I think its hilarious how this post has been all about my animals lol I am so hormonal its not even funny haha. I have to tell you some funny stories since being here. One day I saw the cutest yellow lab sitting on its balcony just watching everyone passing by and I cried. Yep! Then one of our neighbors in the resort ( From MN, USA ) has a big ole sweet Great Pyrenees and Asa called me out to come meet his owner and him and as soon as I ran my hands throughout his thick coat I was crying!!!! Luckily I had on my big sunnies and hid it before meeting the neighbor! And last the base here loves keeping stray (spayed and neutered ) cats in the area to control rodents, The first cat I saw yes had me crying!
I will update you with my struggles since being here and what it has been like so far for this Katy girl stuck in the middle east very soon! For now I hope you have a lovely day.