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By: joealaska , 9:46 PM GMT on April 02, 2013

Monday morning I was up early getting the cats ready for the shots. My hotel experience with THE MICROTEL was borderline enjoyable. I chose them as pet friendly, and they were certainly that. But when I arrived after a long day, I had to wait for 25 minutes as two late arrivals just as I arrived took FOREVER to check in. (FOREVER= 25 minutes).

I arranged for a cab to be waiting at 8 AM, and he was there. The shots went well, the cats were deemed healthy. I was back at THE MICROTEL by 9 AM. We took the shuttle to the airport at 11 AM. I needed a skycap to help me get the girls to the counter. There was a bunch of paperwork. Then I had to remove each cat from the carrier so SECURITY could probe such carriers. With big electric probes.

Then they were gone, conveyered away into the blackness. Only then did it hit me. NOBODY wanted to see paperwork on the cats getting shots. It is a state law, but nobody checks it. I figure the extra night in Anchorage, cabs, meals, and shots cost me about $420 I did not need to spend.. OK, even if wanted to get the shots, I could have done it all in Seattle. OK, it did break the trip up for the pets. And they should get those shots. But still...

The kitties were great at the travel UNDOPED. After the longer leg of Anchorage to Seattle, they came out looking a bit disheveled just like me. But there was only half-hearted yowling. I had to take them on the shuttle to get the rental car. Many questions from strangers about what did I dope them up on.

There were no KITTY ACCIDENTS on either leg of the trip.

Last night I stayed at LA QUINTA in Tacoma within sight of the Port Of Tacoma. I could see 10 gantry cranes while Dutch only has three. Nice room, pet friendly, excellent staff. Josh at the front desk. Barbara as waitress in the restaurant.

I had a nice dinner last night there.

Stayed up last night late, and a few times after, petting the cats. The night before, they had a crack under the mattress they could hide in. Last night, no crack, although they did their best. When they WERE able to hide in that crack, both came out when I called them. They could have made it quite worse.

Up early again today. I repacked everything, and cleaned up after the cats. I just put wet food on the bathroom counter. They did not eat all of it. I carried kitty litter in heavy duty trash can liners, one bag for each night. I just opened the bag and turned it inside out, with the kitty litter now fully exposed. I opened it up as much as possible and put it in the bathtub. Then I dropped each cat in the litter to establish home base. They took care of the rest.

Then when I left I wrapped the whole mess up with itself, and discarded in a trash can outside.

Then I put the cats in the carriers and took them out to the car. Except this time, once we were all inside, I opened the carrier doors. Fluff elected to remain inside for most of the trip, with an occasional murmur. Dutchie was immediately out of there and bitching vociferously. For over an hour and a half of the two and a half hour trip to Ocean Shores. She was everywhere, including the dashboard. She really did not affect my driving, but I usually shooed her away. The other times I got a few good shots. There were a few times she shut up, only to again SCREAM to end the silence.

We pulled into Ocean Shores around noon. It was a very nice drive.

Dianna had given extensive yet succinct directions.

She has been busy taking care of friends who were needing help, so she was a bit unprepared.

I brought both cats in with no carrier. Dianna has a room set aside for them until they acclimate. Fluff arrived, was introduced, then hid under a table. Dutchie did the same. For a few minutes. Then she wanted out. We let her go, and she explored the house as Dianna and I chatted. One of Dianna’s cats came home- Rose, a white and black friendly female. She and Dutchie met, and there was a little hissing. Then the big test, Maggie the big dog meeting Dutchie. Last I heard, Dutchie was growling under the bed. I am sure it will all work out in time.

Dutchie has not worked with dogs very much, just FOX.

I have checked into an oceanside hotel. As I finish this, I will return to take a beach walk, then dinner with Dianna. I told her she can take us to wherever she wanted to eat, that she could even supersize it.

She seems to be the perfect person to take care of my girls.


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17. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:21 PM GMT on April 05, 2013
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16. DHaupt
3:50 AM GMT on April 05, 2013
I don't have a lot to say tonight. We had a strong storm come through overnight. I watched it on radar until maybe 1 AM. It was travelling mostly parallel to the coast yet sliding slowly inland. I guess it finally got to us around 4 AM and was long gone when the Dawn Patrol Cats woke me at around 8 AM. All I remember is a very inchoate dream about some cat making weird noises. I mistook it for a dream whereas it was reality intruding on my sleep. We got a nice 0.14" of rain; 3.6 mm sounds more impressive.

The afternoon was pretty and warm enough to sit on the front deck -- until around 6PM when the wind kicked up. The problem with our front deck is that it faces squarely north and doesn't get any late afternoon sun yet.

I'm happy for the kitties, that they are settling in. Good food and lots of caresses will do the trick. Joe's photos were just right. Ocean Shores has to be as birdy a place as could be found. Just lovely. Dianna, I envy you.
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15. osdianna
4:04 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
A short post/update; Dutchie spends a lot of time under my bed, so today I lay on my belly with the dust-skirt tucked up, stuck my face in the hole and stretched my hand as far toward her as I could, and began softly reciting the Bill of Rights...first thing that came to my mind to talk her into first contact. It worked.

She smelled my hand, then rolled onto her side and rubbed her head against my hand, and purred mightily!
There was a lot of head scratching, and stroking, etc., and she finally came out and let me pick her up and get into a serious petting session. We had a good 20 minutes where I showed her all the great perches and views from inside, showed her where the table is upstairs where I keep a bowl full of dry food, and the big bowl of fresh water.

She let me know when she wanted down, and she promptly went back under the bed.

I left them alone in the house most of the day while I ran errands with Maggie riding shotgun. When I returned I saw her tail whisking around the doorjamb and back under the bed.

Of Fluff, nary a sign since I petted her this morning, back in "her" corner. I am not trying to find her, but I call her name, and call "kitty, kitty, kitty" a lot. It may take a while. I know she is eating. I'll just keep talking to them.
I also moved the two extra litter boxes into the laundry room with the one they all used last night.
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14. Arbie
1:48 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
I think Joe should rename his blog "From Alaska To Parts Unknown". :)
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13. dotmom
11:04 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
Oh thanks OSdianna for the update. Have been wondering how they are doing and if they ever showed their faces. They are going to be so "cosmopolitan" (is that the word) after this adventure. Just so you don't develop grey hairs!!! You are a special person to take on this for a friend. God bless. dotmom

PS: I know those are blond hair(s) that you have!!!
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12. cybersuze
6:59 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
Great job OSDianna! Thanks for keeping us posted!
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11. miyuki
6:28 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
Bless your heart Dianna, and thanks for the update.
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10. osdianna
3:49 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
So far, so good. I took down the fence but put the baby gate back in the doorway, leaving a foot under it for the cats to scoot in and out but keeping Maggie away from their food...and from bugging them; she is very curious. It seems to be just fine because Joe's cats roamed around last night, Rose came in and slept in her usual spot upstairs in the living room, and Sadie slept on my bed as usual.

I think Maggie is the hang-up; as Joe said, foxes they know, but they haven't had much interaction with dogs...and Maggie is 82 pounds of enthusiastic tail-wagging mass.

Joe also told me to just pick up Fluff and pet her, which I did this morning when I changed their water, and refilled their dry food bowl. (I also put a half-can of Fancy Feast tuna on a plate.) She was stiff while I held her but allowed it, then I put her down next to the food and she ate some tuna.

Strangest thing is neither used "their" litter boxes, but it looks as though everyone is using the litter box in the laundry room...several deposits of both kinds.

And so the adventure begins; I think this new and exciting time will stimulate them...broaden their horizons, so to speak.
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9. insideuk
9:22 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
I have this happy, if slightly mental, image of a lady in Ocean Shores waking this morning with 4 cats and a lab sleepily slung over her hip. I just hope she can struggle out from beneath them all.

Thankfully humans can adapt to change too.

By the months end I predict the human will be sleeping peacefully underneath the bed and the ZOO will be on top...

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8. DHaupt
8:22 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
Well, Joe, we are all a bunch of fidgety Nervous Nellies. You can start a new career as a PET TRANSPORTER! Charge high fees -- at least $100 a day just for room and board. You might even get your own program on Animal Planet!

Seriously, I am so happy that the kitties' big move went so smoothly with no drama. And, Dianna, you are an angel. I'm sure Fluff and Dutchy will soon settle in. They will have to learn the rules, of course: where the boundaries are and what the signals are and all that.

Keep us posted and pictured. All of us are anxious to learn about the big reunion coming up.

God Speed.

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7. Arbie
3:59 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
Osdianna, I was LOL as I read your post. So much for all the carefully made plans LOL. Oh, well, I say. I'm glad you are getting some sleep. :)

I have a feeling you are going to have some pretty good stories to share over the next few weeks.
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6. Arbie
3:54 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
I am happy to hear Joe and the kitties made the big trip without any big problems. That had to be kind of nerve-wracking.

I'm cheering for Louisville and Michigan both. I can't help it. You all have got me hot and bothered about Louisville, but we have family and friends that are Michigan students and alumni. I hope I get to watch some of the games on the 6th.

We are having a pleasantly mild spring so far. It is pouring rain at the moment.

I think I mentioned I am working for a Canadian company now (based in Calgary). It's rather strange to have a company with offices in two such extreme climates. I will be going up there for a week next week, and it seems April in Calgary is colder than the coldest month of our SE Texas "winter".

I sure will miss Joe's blog on Dutch Harbor, as well as all the pics. But it will be fun to be on to the next thing. Isn't that how life goes?

And, after all, Joe has given us all the links so we can follow the news on our own. (We just won't have the personal tour.)

Dotmom, you must be excited to have all the kids there for JoeKY's birthday. It will be a great time.

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5. osdianna
3:44 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
Thanks again for the nice comments...I just hope the getting to know you phase is smooth. Dutchie was not having anything to do with Maggie, my yellow lab, at first meeting, and no change a few hours later. I couldn't get Dutchie back in her room, and had to leave the cat room door open so she could get back to the litterbox.

Meanwhile Fluff hid behind some boxes of books in the cat room. Rose elected to stay inside the house so when we left to go drive around town and then dinner, Maggie was outside in her yard and Rose, Fluff, and Dutchie (under my bed) were free to roam the house; so much for keeping them separated until all got acquainted...the best-laid plans and all that rot!

After we got back to my place, I was hoping Joe would get to say goodbye, but Dutchie was still under the bed and Fluff was not in her room...and is still out somewhere. So he left without knowing if they would get along or not. As he said in an earlier post, they will adapt.

Meanwhile, Sadie, my very fearful cat finally came in after Joe left...and when I tried to pet her she ran under the bed...where Dutchie was still hunkered down. I held my breath, but it stayed (too) quiet so I peeked under there to see two cats, about 2 feet from one another, trying to be cool. Then Sadie came out and she is now on her usual sleeping bed, Maggie is on her bed on the floor at the foot of my bed, Rose is outside for the time being, and I don't know where in the house Fluff is...but it's quiet. I hope it stays that way.

Bon Voyage, Joe. Nice meeting you, and I hope you have a great time at the reunion and in the next two months...at least.

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4. dotmom
2:29 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
To those of you who have commented above, I could only repeat the nice comments you have made regarding Dianna and her adventure. She is a blessing and an angel. Let's hope everything works out well. Let's all give a big cheer for OSDianna!!!

PS: It's expensive to have kids!!!
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3. cybersuze
12:16 AM GMT on April 03, 2013
Right on Joe! Let the vacation begin! Dianna sounds like a god send. Gulf Shores sounds beautiful. Those cats, just wonder what they're thinking. New adventure for them! Well, I would also put a plug in for La Quinta when travelling with animals. They have always seemed clean and polite wherever we were - have stayed at a number of them with our dog.

Relax now. Thanks to OSDianna!
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2. OGal
10:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2013

Tears, but tears of joy for all of you. Dianna is an angel for the kitties. She will take wonderful care of them. For you Joe I am happy your responsiblity is just getting home to your family now. Have a good night's sleep. Your kittys will never forget you.....so on with your fun.

Dianna, lots of hugs to you, Fluff and Dutchie. Please keep us updated. You are for sure their human angel.
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1. miyuki
10:05 PM GMT on April 02, 2013
Thank you Joe for the update !! I've been thinking of the 3 of you and keeping my fingers crossed that every went as planned, and it sounds as tho it did.
Good for you and the girls !! Now, go and have fun!
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