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Louie getting Roscoe ready for a walk in the Coach House.

Louie getting Roscoe ready for a walk.

Jackie and I have been thinking about Mexico again.  It’s not as if we actually stop thinking about Mexico, in fact, since we last returned from Bahia de Kino, Sonora, pretty much everything we do is in relation to returning to Mexico.

Loving Mexico, its people, its diverse geography, its history, its culture and art, is the easy part.  Getting there is always the challenge.  I don’t mean just driving to Mexico, I mean also all the preparations that are necessary before you even hit the road.  But retirement is about challenges and for us its also about traveling.  Retirement is the time to travel and of course the best time of year to be in Mexico is from fall to spring.

I just read a blog post from a former teaching colleague of mine who will be retiring from teaching at the end of this school year, and the subject of her post was the common dilemma of what to do with your pets if you want to travel the world.  I certainly could empathize.  I left her a comment pointing out that this is a sad truth about pet ownership and traveling when retired.  What to do with those pets who somehow have managed to survive, right along with you, until retirement.  I have to say that, for me, and I think to a lesser degree for Jackie, I worry about the dogs when I have to leave them behind for a drive to the store. I’m thinking to myself, Will they be there when I get back?

We’ve been to Mexico twice and left the dogs behind, under the care and supervision of Jackie’s sister, Erica.  We made an agreement, so I could rest easy about them, that I would Skype Erica once a week while we were in Mexico so she hold each dog up to the camera on the computer so I could make sure they were all right.  It helped, but the dogs looked too relaxed; I thought they would at least look as worried as I was feeling.

Now, we take them with us to Mexico. Or maybe they take us. I don’t know anymore.  There are really no other satisfactory options.  As long as we can drive where we want to go, then we can take the dogs.

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