So, before we were an expat family living in the Philippines. We were a fairly normal family living in BRooksville, FL in a big house that we own with our kids and dog. Yup. A dog. This dog is named Aidan and he has been our baby before babies. We have had him his entire life, since he was about 4 months old. He is now going to be 6 in November. So, while we were trying to figure out exactly how we were going to the Philippines for six months, we had to figure in our doggy buddy… He was staying with my mom while we were traveling and then would come back to us (this made the most sense since we didn’t want to “get rid of him” as he is family.) Fast forward a year (almost) to now. We have been trying and trying to get Aidan to the Philippines.
Having him shipped here (through a service that would fly him safely) turned into a nightmare. We have gone over and over the whole “shouldn’t we just put him up for adoption?” conversation and every time we say no. He is in a healthy loving home and will come back to a healthy loving home (with us). The kids love him and so do we. After going around and around we finally started feeling like, it just won’t happen and my mom is currently moving into her dream house (an RV) with 6 cats, so no more room for doggy… Thankfully Joey’s parents have taken Aidan for now until we are there in November. We had a service to pick him up from my mom with all his things and drive him up north to NYC from Florida. This is great! Joey especially is relieved as the Philippines was his big dream and he was feeling depressed and really sad that he may lose his dog over it. Understandably. Now we just have to work on getting him back to the Philippines with us when we leave to come back from NYC in January…
I wanted to share this with you guys because this is part of having “a before life.” When we got married and adopted a dog and bought a house and got pregnant, it wasn’t in our plans to leave and live in Asia full time. It wasn’t even a thought that this would be our reality. Life changes though. So fast and so frequently. I also wanted to share with you that you CAN still do it! You can still make a big and bold move even if you already have a “before life” or are settled down or have bought a house or whatever! Traveling is such an amazing and enriching experience and if you want it, you can have it! Is it stressful sometimes!? OF COURSE! But it is 100% worth it and I think that it’s important to be prepared for those “before life struggles” because they will be there.
Leaving an animal behind for any period of time is like leaving a family member. You miss them and you wish for them to be there but you know you’ll be together again soon (in my case.) A lot of family and friends don’t understand our wanting to bring Aidan out here and have even told us that it is cruel to have him *bouncing around* but we know that he is with people he knows, love him, take care of him and eventually he will be with who he belongs with which is us. 🙂
Thanks for reading!! If you have any questions feel free to ask!!