Well, Kitties, we leave on Saturday morning, bound for the South Carolina beach for a week. We have rented an SUV (Mosaic Lady is hoping for a new Explorer!) and her OCD is at full throttle.
Despite what Annie claims about ML's alleged laziness, she is also highly efficient and super-organized. And Victor -- she is a VERY GOOD driver! No tickets or accidents since she was in her teens, when the earth was born.
We recently received an email newsletter from Cindy Smith, an animal communicator that Mosaic Lady consulted after Walter died. I will share her advice for holiday traveling:
If you are traveling for the holidays, it's very important to let your animals know what's about to happen. They sense your excitement as you begin to pack. The sight of suitcases often reminds them of being left behind at other times. Simply explain to them what the plan is. You can do this silently or out loud.
If you are taking your animal with you, do the same for them. Explain where you are going and how you'd like them to act.
13 Ways I would like Mosaic Cats to act:
1) Do NOT hide under furniture when it's time to go on Saturday morning and make ML break a frantic sweat when trying to jam all four of you into your PTUs.
2) Do NOT caterwaul all the way down to SC (that was a waste of breath.)
3) Do NOT pee or poo in your PTUs, especially if you are seated next to me.
4) If you must puke when we are there, do NOT do it on the beautiful furniture.
5) If you must miss your litter box when peeing or pooing, at least get close to it and do NOT walk in it and track it across the beautiful floors.
6) DO NOT SHRED THE BEAUTIFUL FURNITURE WITH YOUR CLAWS.
7) Do NOT take your cabin fever aggression out on each other (Annie).
8) If you are lucky enough to leave the guest house on a harness, do NOT try to squirm out of it and run away. (Annie).
9) Do NOT bat all of your new Christmas mice under the kitchen appliances and expect ML to fetch them out like at home. She will not. They will live there forever and you will have no new mice to bring back to North Carolina with you (Annie).
10) NO blog hogging (the cat whose name begins with "A").
11) Do NOT jump up on shelves and knock things over; shred kleenex or toilet paper; take the covers off of floor vents; open kitchen cupboards and climb inside; bang kitchen cupboard doors; tap dance on ML's last nerve for sport. (Guess who?)
12) Willie, do NOT bogart my bed like you do at home.
13) Bianca, do NOT pee in my bed like you do at home.
14) Bonus #14: Do not get in between me and my godbrother, Zeke, because I never know
when the urge to bite his butt might strike me.
Wish me luck, Kitties. This is the first time we've gone on a long ride together since we moved here from Colorado a year ago. I still suffer from PTSD from spending days in the Explorer with Willie and Bianca as we were towed behind the moving truck.
(Big thanks to the Zoolatry human for the darling photo art.)