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Solo is Reunited with My Mom!

April 21, 2014
Dog Solo Sitting

Sweet Solo is happily reunited with my mom and stepdad.

On the 10th, I told you about how my mom and stepdad moved to Oregon and how my stepdad had to leave their dog Solo behind in Missouri because they got the wrong kind of crate for flying. Luckily, a neighbor was able to take Solo back to the house. And for the past 10 days, Solo has been living all alone on en enclosed patio of an empty house with the neighbor coming by a few times a day to care for her.

People go on vacation without their dogs all the time and pay for pet sitters or boarding kennels. But like my mom and stepdad, I couldn’t help but think about how lonely and confused poor Solo must be. It was a less than ideal situation. But at least she was cared for. And at least she was in a place where she’s comfortable.

Well, I’m happy to say that Solo is finally reunited with my mom and stepdad in Oregon. One of their friend’s/neighbor’s bought an airline approved crate and another friend/neighbor took Solo to the vet to renew the health certificate. And that same neighbor took Solo to the airport, two hours away, and sent Solo on her way.

I wish I had still been in Oregon so I could have seen the reunion. I can only imagine how happy Solo was to see them. I have no doubt that she whined and cried with excitement. And I can imagine that both my mom and stepdad had tears in their eyes when they finally got to hug her. And I bet you there were a few other onlookers at the airport who saw the reunion and got teary-eyed as well. As far as I know, no one took photos or recorded the union. That would have been awesome to see.

My mom and stepdad called me last night to tell me the news. Yes, my eyes got a little teary. But I was so relieved. And even though my mom has been in good spirits despite the terminal cancer, I bet she is in an even better mood now that she has her dog back.

My Mom and Her Dog Solo

April 10, 2014

I’m here in Oregon with my mom. She is still doing well, but she says her muscles are getting weaker and her eyesight worse. Despite this, her spirits are still up. Something happened regarding her dog Solo, though, that has got her down and I don’t know what to do.

My mom spent most of her life in Oregon before moving to Missouri a few years ago. Now with this diagnosis, she wanted to go back home to Oregon. So we got her a plane ticket and she flew ahead and is staying with a dear friend while also getting to see my sisters and brother and her niece and nephews. My stepdad stayed behind in Missouri to wrap up things at their property.

The plan for my stepdad and their dog Solo was that after my stepdad received their social security check, which was supposed to include a year’s worth of back pay, he was going to buy a vehicle, rent a trailer, pack up all his and my mom’s stuff, and drive with their dog Solo to Oregon. I was going to go along to help with the long drive.

The check never came, so my stepdad and I bought plane tickets to Oregon instead. I arrived Tuesday. He was supposed to arrive yesterday with Solo. He did arrive, but unfortunately the airline wouldn’t take Solo. They said her travel crate wasn’t airline approved. Luckily, the friend that had brought my stepdad to the airport was able to take Solo back home.

At this very moment, Solo is still in Missouri staying all by herself at my mom and stepdad’s old place. Their friend lives very nearby and is coming by a few times a day to feed and care for her. But otherwise, Solo is all alone.

My mom and stepdad are currently trying to figure out what to do. The coordination of all this is tricky at such a long distance. Can they count on this friend to do the legwork on finding the right crate and on making another four hour round trip to the airport to drop Solo off? I hope so. Not only that, this friend has to make sure he doesn’t forget Solo’s traveling paperwork and that this trip happens within a specified period before the paperwork expires. Otherwise, he will also have to take Solo to the vet again to get re-certified. And my mom and stepdad have to find a way to send this friend enough money to cover the crate, gas expense, and plane ticket expense.

I honestly can’t see this friend doing all this. I may be wrong, but I am still worried. I can only imagine how worried my mom and stepdad are too. This is what I am thinking of doing. After I get back home to Kansas on Sunday evening, I can work on getting an airline approved crate. I can also try to find the time to make the five hour trip to my mom’s old place in Missouri. I’d have to stay overnight, then make the two hour drive to the airport with Solo myself. From there, it is another three hour drive back to Kansas.

Finding the time to do this is tricky. I’m still packing our things for our move to Iowa. And I also have to coordinate painters, flooring people, landscapers, etc. in order to fix up our house so it can be put on the market. I WILL do whatever I need to get Solo reunited with my mom and stepdad. But if anyone has any better ideas, I’d love to hear them.

I think I’ve told you that Solo is a special needs dog and that she came from a terrible dog hoarding situation. As a result of her rescue by my mom and stepdad, Solo is highly protective of them and very close to them. She needs them as much as they need her. My mom especially needs her.

Update on Solo
My mom and stepdad found two friends in Missouri who can help out. One friend is going to find an airline approved crate. And the other friend will take Solo to the airport. Yay! 🙂

Wordless Wednesday – Back from Missouri

September 4, 2013

We had a great trip to Missouri this weekend. The only bad part about the trip was all the chigger bites I got! Here are some photos from our visit to my mom’s:

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Entrance to my mom and stepdad’s house.

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My mom and stepdad built their own house. They started out living in an RV and added one room at a time along with a porch, some sheds, and dwellings for some of the animals.

Farm Pond and My Sister Carrie

My sister Carrie in front of my mom and stepdad’s pond. Also pictured is a cute farm kitty.

Farm Kitty

A sweet farm kitty. The kitty belongs to my mom’s neighbor.

Mama Goat and Kids

Mama goat and her kids. Aren’t they just the cutest kids ever?! These goats belong to my mom’s neighbor.

Baby Goat Kid

Cutest kid ever! It is difficult to tell from this photo, but this kid is only about a foot tall.

Two Goats

Adorable goats! These guys were more interested in food than in being petted. They also belong to my mom’s neighbor.

Goat Sandy 2

Remember my mom’s goat Sandy? My mom gave her to their neighbor where she now lives with the other goats.

Goats and Llamas

Sandy with another goat and some llamas.

Brown Llama

Oh Mama! It’s a Llama! This llama was so sweet. She really liked to be petted.

I didn’t take photos of my mom’s chickens, bunnies, or her dogs Rocky and Solo this time. I have a ton of photos of them already that have been posted before. To see them, check out this past Saturday post. Also check out the post from our visit this past May – Missouri Farm in Spring.

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Off to Missouri

August 31, 2013

By the time you read this, we will be on the road to Missouri. We’re spending our 3-day weekend there at my mom’s. My sister is coming to visit from Oregon, so it will be an extra-special visit. Maya and Pierson have to stay behind because my mom’s dogs hate other dogs. Rocky and Solo are very protective. Don’t worry, though. Maya and Pierson will be in good hands. Our friends, Sha Sha and Jinbo, will be here to take care of them. They have taken care of the dogs a number of times. Maya and Pierson especially love Jinbo because he gives them lots of treats. 🙂

Here are some photos of what we saw last time we got to visit my mom at the farm. And further down are some photos of Maya and Pierson with Sha Sha and Jinbo.

So what are you doing this weekend?

Mom and Goat Sandy

My mom petting her goat, Sandy. Sandy is such a sweetie.

Sandy the Sweet Goat

Sandy the sweet goat.

Bunny Feeding Time

Bunny feeding time.

Two Bunnies

More bunny cuteness.

Stepdad Rocky Solo

My stepdad with Rocky and Solo. Rocky is the white one and Solo is the black one. Spoiled. 😉

Chickens

My mom’s chickens. All but three of them have names.

People and Dogs at Clinton Lake Bridge

People, left to right: Me, Sha Sha, Jinbo, my husband Li Xi. We are standing on a bridge overlooking Clinton Lake.

People and Dogs in Park at Bench

People, left to right: Me, my husband Li Xi, and our friend Sha Sha.

Maya Pierson Dog Bath

Maya is watching Pierson get his turn at a bath. My friend Sha Sha is watching me give him a bath. (I make it look easy.)

Sha Sha Jinbo and My Dog Maya

Jinbo and Sha Sha went with us to visit my family in Texas last year. This is the ride back home.

Jinbo Making Pierson Jump

Jinbo is holding a treat in the air and having Pierson jump for it. Pierson will do almost anything for a treat. Maya wants one too!

Wordless Wednesday – Missouri Farm in Spring

May 22, 2013

We went to visit my mom in Missouri this past weekend. When I say we, I mean my husband and I. Maya and Pierson stayed with our friends since my mom’s dog Solo and my dog Pierson do not like other dogs. My husband and I went to help out for a few days, as well as to celebrate my mom making a full recovery from lung cancer. Here are some photos from our trip:

My mom is great with gardens. Me, not so much.

My mom is great with gardens. Me, not so much.

Pixie the Chicken

My parent’s chickens. One is named Pixie, but I don’t remember the names of the others.

Callie Bunny Rabbit

My mom’s bunny rabbit, Callie. I just love the color of her fur.

Solo the Border Collie Mix

My mom and Solo. Solo is a Border Collie mix and loves her life on the farm.

Turtle Crossing Road

There were a lot of turtles trying to cross the road on Saturday morning. I wonder where they were going?

Waterfall Onondaga Cave

We visited the Onondaga Cave State Park and saw this beautiful small waterfall.

Goats and Kids

These are my parent’s neighbor’s kids. Sandy, my mom’s goat, is in there too. They love to be petted.

Rocky the Dog

My parent’s dog Rocky takes a break inside the house with the a/c. He’s 10 now and likes to take it easy.

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