Just when I needed help, I got it. My appeal in the last blog was answered.
Long-time regular blog participant OSDIANNA to the rescue. THANK YOU.
I knew this was asking a lot for whoever would agree to it, and I was running out of time. I could not buy tickets or make plans.
Today I bought tickets. I rented a car. I looked into pet friendly hotels.
I leave Dutch on April Fools Day. Arrive in Seattle around 8 PM.. Pick up the rental after gathering up the girls. Then straight to the hotel. The cats will be hungry. Next morning we take a nice 2.5 hour ride southwest to the Pacific shore.
I introduce myself to OSDianna, then I introduce my cats to her cats and dog. Hopefully no fur will fly. She has been through this ACCLIMATION process before, sounds like she will do just what I would do. Segregate the cats for awhile, maybe a few days or a week. It will be obvious when it is time to let them mingle. Keep them inside.
I will stay in town for the night, then back to Seattle next morning. Catch a plane at 12:30 to Chicago, then to Louisville at 10 PM.
I fly back May 31st. Leaving Louisville at 7 AM, I get to Dutch at 5 PM. Almost unbelievable. No marathon this time, thanks to minimal layovers (1 hour in Anchorage) and one LONG flight from Chicago to Anchorage. Usually you have to see Portland or Seattle.
Yesterday we had bright sun most of the afternoon, temps around 50. I joked that we could be in a hurricane within a couple hours, such is the weather here.
I woke up last night with the sleet blasting my window with 65 mph winds. It was another slush blizzard.. Temperatures above freezing, but close. 6 inches of slush. Heavy and wet, easy to get stuck in it with any vehicle. It slowed down a couple times today, then re-started. A couple periods of bright sun, blinding with the snow.
Very odd right now. We should be very busy, but I had only one business phone call today. A decent day off. Same with this past weekend. Plenty of incoming freight to unload, but NO boats waiting. No late night crap. We left around 5 PM on Friday. May be the only time that has happened in my five years here.
Thanks to all the notes and emails regarding an interest in helping with the cats. And THANKS again to OSDIANNA.