Bon Voyage, Sir
This morning, like most mornings in Korea, we woke up together, and Sir rolled over to have his belly scratched. Later, we had a long walk in the park. We've looped Namsan Botanical Gardens many times, but this was our last, because late this afternoon, I sent him to the quarantine office, in the care of a pet shipping professional, in preparation for his 11 am departure to Washington D.C. tomorrow morning.
My tears elicited a promise from the pet care professional, Jina, that she would treat him, "so very very excellent well tonight." So I watched him closed inside a kennel, and then inside of a van. After the van pulled away, I stood on the street crying. I was in front of a bar, and I considered going in to cry in a beer. It was only 4:30 pm, so I sat in the sun and ate an ice-cream bar instead.
After 12 hours in the belly of a plane, he will be met by my young sister, Christa, who will take him to my mother’s home in Virginia. There, Sir will meet and join her 4 dogs, Sandy, Seven, Lilly, and Bagel. I hope he will be happy for the company, and I hope all those who meet him will be kind. For those of you who will do me the great service of caring for him in my place, here are a few tips:
Sir loves you, so when you return home he gets very excited. Unfortunately, his squeaky voice doesn’t reflect his manly heart, and his squealing can be painful to the ears.
If you want him to stop, pick him up and return the love. He will calm down quickly.
most effective position
Sir will eat anything you give him, but I only give him dry dog food and dog treats. If you feed him from the table, he'll just come to the table more often. I'll admit, I do throw him a scrap now and then, but never from the table.
He'll go to the bathroom where you want him too. You just have to let him know where once or twice. He's a smarty, so a firm "no," two or three times, will suffice.
He understands "sit," and "stand," especially if you have a snack in your hand.
When you walk him, he gets excited and tugs on the leash. If you give the leash a slight jerk and say, "heel," he will stop pulling, at least until he picks up another intrguing scent.
He loves sleeping with people, beneath the blankets if it's cold, and above if it's hot. This is the favored position for an afternoon nap. Maybe if you find some other dogs for him to cuddle he'll like that too.
note the hands, very important
It was such a pleasure spending three days with Sir back in my life; he's bright and bouncy and full of love and trust and curiosity, and now he's gone and all I can do is hope that all will be well until we meet again.
So, those of you who meet him, be gentle, be kind, bring treats, and enjoy him as much as I do. I know I can count on Christa for cuddling, Mom and Paul for feeding and tolerating the everyday work of a dog, Carmen for vigorous walks, and Ian for tricks, treats, and jokes. Thank you in advance.
Mary and Kevin, thank you for keeping him safe and entertained, and thanks for the video. Sir will miss you, and so will I.
Sir Good Bonkers, best of luck on your adventure, I'll see you soon, and thank you for being the best.