Unfortunately, I have no exciting vacations to report. Unfortunately (again), our vacation to Niagara Falls ended and it was back to work we went. A lot of my files had appraisals, titles, income verification and other docs to read through, approve/decline, and otherwise fondle. Glamorous. I had 92 emails and Jim had 40-50. It took me a couple of days to catch up on everything. In the meantime, it appeared I didn’t miss anything exciting at work. It was nice to get home Friday evening and have 2 more days off.
I’ve stated on prior posts that I don’t want another pet. I especially don’t want to replace Dasher. There’s no replacing a loved one. Jim, perhaps a little too soon, had an Italian Greyhound rescue organization come to our house on the Saturday prior to vacation to inspect our home and see if we were a good fit to foster. I really wasn’t interested and got teary-eyed many a time through the “interview”.
I used the words “too soon” above because maybe I’ll change my mind, but even now as I type this post up, the freedom is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I’d GLADLY give that “freedom” up to have my Dasher back. Freedom? Well, not worrying about who’s going to watch him, no worrying about him escaping, no limits on how long we can be away from home, no walking him in the 100 degree weather of the campground, no pee-pee accidents in the house, etc. The list of what I miss about him is way longer than what I don’t miss. I think about him a lot.
So, meanwhile, the rescue lady, Ginger, had a lot to go over. You can’t really pick a dog that’s housebroken or friendly or whatever. They may need to be crate trained. That’s my number one pet peeve. I get that it’s a necessary evil but I’m sorry, leaving a dog inside of a crate 17 hours or so out of 24 seems terrible. I have many friends that do this and I understand the need. Pets can be destructive, etc. But again, all in all, crating feels cruel. The other issue she brought up is that the gates need to be locked so that no one can steal the dogs. We have a lawn guy that comes. That would be a pain. There were some other “issues” for us that I can’t remember at the moment.
I was so sad by the end of the interview that I made Ginger tear up as well. After she left, Jim apologized and I needed that.
Fast forward to Father’s Day weekend. We came to Augusta. Jim hasn’t been here since before Memorial Day and I since Memorial Day weekend. We got our permit from the campground owner so we can get the roof over built. The issue now becomes seeing if the people we want to hire can make it per the engineered drawings we supplied at the price we agreed on. Then problem #2 is that we’ll need to take a day off work to be here.