Well, my DH and I got home to Houston from Tripoli last Thursday evening (our homeward journey is another story, we flew Mark's boss's shitzu, Stella, back with us since she needed more sophisticated vet care than she could get in Libya - I'm not a huge fan of little dogs in general, but I grew quite fond of her - she was really well behaved in the plane and the hotel, she flew in the cabin with us and most definitely enjoyed going business class!). We're here getting our new visas issued and expect to return this weekend or possibly early next week depending on the timing at the embassy and flight availability. It's great to be home checking on our house here, seeing friends, shopping, going out, and just generally being back in familiar territory.
But oh-my-gosh how we miss our menagerie over there! They're in great hands and being really well cared for in our absence (we get daily reports). But the empty, pet-free house here seems, well, empty. So...
We're taking in a temporary foster from the lab rescue group for a few days! Yay! It's such a win-win: we get some labby love, the rescue group saves on the boarding costs for a few days, Boomer (young black male lab) gets a mini-vacation, and we can evaluate how he does in a home environment. I'm really excited that we're doing this, and I'm absolutely delighted that Mark embraced the idea. Woo-hoo! I'll update about our temporary houseguest later, but now I feel like it's really great to be home - though of course I'll still be desperately missing Toby, Chamois and the cats while we're away from them.
Wish us luck. We've never fostered a lab before, even temporarily, since Chamois doesn't count, she was a foster failure about 5 nanoseconds after we got her home.
We don't know for sure, it depends on how quickly the Libyan embassy in Washington DC processes our new visas (they've already been approved but actually getting them in your passport and then getting your passport back takes a few days at least). It also depends on flight availability. Right now, we're scheduled to return on the 17th. But as much as I'm enjoying being out of Tripoli and in Houston, I really miss the animals and I have tons of stuff to do at work back there, so we're hoping to leave a bit sooner, maybe this weekend.
I'm getting all excited about our visitor, though! Mark already went to PetSmart this afternoon to get food, treats, and a kong for him (and toys and supplies for us to bring back to our guys of course!), and I'm going to leave work in about an hour (yes, I have to go to the Houston office while I'm here, ugh!) to go pick him up.
I hope we get to see pics of this foster labby !! Also hope you get to go back SOON..... I'd hate leaving them over there too !!!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.