- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I can assure you that whether your cruise will negatively impact the emotional well being of your pet is NOT a third world problem. Starvation, access to fresh water, basic medical care – those are third world problems. Maybe instead of going on a cruise you should read a newspaper before talking about your own third world problem.
They’ll survive! Just go on your amazing cruise and leave them some treats while you’re gone.
Okay, here is my suggestion: Create a happy picture in your mind of your pets cuddled up on your sofa with your parents, being petted, tails wagging. Make it as strong an image as you can with details like their favorite blankets, toys, etc. Then every time you start to worry about being away from them, STOP and remember that image. Don’t let your mind fret about what-ifs, but immediately force it to picture your pets happy and loved with the people who will be caring for them. No dwelling. If you can come up with a positive mantra to repeat too, even better. “They’re going to be safe and loved while we’re gone.” or something similar maybe?
Also – I’ve been on several cruises, and they have been the most restful vacations of all. There’s always plenty to do, but sleeping is one of my favorite parts of a cruise. The gentle rocking of the boat is like a cradle… which equals an amazing night’s sleep!
Go!!!! Your animals will be totally fine! You’ll probably worry about them for the first half day and then you will get into your cruise and be fine. I understand, I have pets too, but they are fine without you. Just make sure your parents have the phone number to your vet so you have extra peace of mind
Don’t worry about leaving right after you get off work and starting work the next day you get back, most people do that all the time!
You won’t get land sick. I go on liveaboards – like a cruise but small ship for scuba diving and they’ve always been in super rough waters and you feel a little wobbly when you first step off the boat, but that’s it. I doubt you will even feel much from a cruise, those ships are designed to make things pleasant!
I dread every vacation because of our animals! The first day I always cry. But once you’re gone you have no choice but to trust that the babies will be okay! It is a lot easier for me when I have someone taking care of them at my house, because I worry less about them being afraid or uncomfortable. I always leave a file folder with my dogs’ and cats’ veterinary info on the kitchen table. If the pets need a vet visit, the sitter just takes the whole folder to the vet and it has everything they need to know. I have a credit card on file at our vet so it makes things easy. Your animals will be fine! Enjoy yourself!!
You sound like me lol. I think something is a great idea until it gets closer and I start freaking out about everything. DH and I dont go on vacations where we cant bring the dogs, mostly because we have no one to watch them and because I miss them too much. But hey you only live once…so go!!!! And have a great time!!!
Perhaps get your parents to email or text a photo of your babies everyday? This really helped when DH and I left our cat for the first time 🙂 Now that we’ve done it a few times, we’re a lot more relaxed as long as we know she’s in good hands. It gets easier!
Am I reading this right? Um you are in a place to be able to go on an international cruise for 2 weeks???
GO GO GO. You are both thinking way too much into this. They are pets. They will be ok.
(But next time make sure you have at least 2 days off pre and post cruise- you are going to HATE going back to work the next day.)
GO GO GO. I know exactly the feeling re the dogs. I just lost my dear older dog , for whom h. and I have never been able to go away together for like 5 years, so go now , while your older animals are still fine. Even your ‘shadow’ one will be OK
And stop worrying about being sick/tired all that , dont plan to have problems! It will be lovely !!
PS I think you mean First World problems ……
Haha sorry guys i meant first world i didnt even notice! When i was writing this i was at work in the lunch room and there was a child that kept counting everything only up to three right outside the door. I must have wrote it as i was listening to them.
I know that it is a great opportuity and i wouldnt be so worried if i could call and check up on them.
My new plan is not to think about the cruise of leaving my animals until i at least get back from the cruise 😛
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