While we were unable to find a pet escort flying to Seattle, Laura from Coco’s Cat Rescue came up with the great idea to fly Sophia with a willing pet escort who was flying from Cancun to Vancouver, BC, by way of Dallas. Once in Vancouver, Sophia would be fostered for 4 days before her new adoptive family could drive from Seattle to pick her up. My dear friend, Leasa, immediately volunteered to foster Sophia in her home near Vancouver (in fact, she practically threatened bodily harm if I DIDN’T allow her to foster for a few days) , and then offered to drive to meet the new adoptive family that weekend on the US side of the border, to save them some time.
Friends, getting this puppy to her new adoptive home was truly a triumph of teamwork and compassionate collaboration. On Tuesday, August 16, Russell and I drove Sophia over to the Vidas clinic site, where Andrea from CANDi was waiting to bring her to the airport to meet the pet escort she’d found, a kind lady named Susan who is apparently a veteran pet escort.
This is where it got a little ugly. I had been so focused on finding a way to get Sophia to Seattle and her new adoptive parents that I hadn’t gotten around to realizing we were actually going to have to give her up. Sophia turned out to be the most wonderful puppy, so playful, but relaxed and obedient–a true joy to be around. As I held her that morning, reality started to set in and I felt these very strong, conflicting emotions building up in me–true joy in knowing she would be in a loving home, combined with tremendous sadness that I would no longer get to know her. Finally, I couldn’t help it anymore. I cried.
Andrea let us know later that Sophia was great on the ride to the airport, apart from barfing all over the place. Once at the airport, Andrea made the puppy ‘handoff’ to Susan. Susan reported that Sophia was a perfect angel on the both the flight to Dallas and the subsequent one to Vancouver. She apparently charmed everyone so much that Susan was allowed to have her snuggling on her lap for much of the flight.
My friend Leasa met Susan late that evening at the airport in Vancouver to take Sophia to her temporary home.
It didn’t take Sophia long to make herself right at home at Leasa’s. After a brief standoff, Leasa’s dog Moses even took to liking Sophia. Leasa reported that Sophia was a lovely houseguest, doing her business outside like she should and being a good, well-behaved little pup…except for barfing in the car on the way home from the airport (Poor Sophia!).
Leasa had to do some back-to-school shopping for her kids, which she normally does in the US, so she arranged to meet Sophia’s adoptive parents, Traci and Josh, across the border in Bellingham, WA. Understandably, Sophia was a little freaked out by all the changes she’d been going through, but Traci didn’t report any barfing in the car, so perhaps Sophia’s acclimating to vehicular travel.
Both Russell and I miss Sophia, but have been happy to monitor her adventure from afar. Leasa and Traci have been just wonderful to share with us photos and videos of Sophia’s transition–thank goodness I am facebook friends with them both!
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in helping Sophia get to a home where she will be cherished, cared for, and loved. Knowing people like you is what keeps me tied to this earth.