It’s a rough life…

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It's a rough life...

But someone has to sleep all day, right? Lexi is the queen of afternoon naps!

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Throwback

Here is a throwback picture from our road trip…Lexi checking on Daddy while he’s driving!

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Don’t worry, she wasn’t distracting, aside from being really cute! ūüôā Every now and then she’d pop her head up from the back seat, check on things, deliver some kisses, and then go back to sleep on Lovie! She did SO good throughout the whole trip…such a trooper!

Update

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for all your recent well-wishes and support! We have been here a little over a week now and everything is going well. We have been letting the dogs take it easy lately because they seem to be adjusting to the heat slowly. It gets pretty hot in our apartment during the day and they will just sprawl out on the carpet and veg out. We do have an AC in our bedroom, so when we go out they get to hang out in there – Lexi in Zev’s nice big travel crate and Zev just in the room with her. They are getting more used to it every day. It’s been a big adjustment, so we are taking our time and making sure they feel comfortable.

Right now, they are actually taking turns with a giant antler I got a few days ago. I go to a cute little shop in Honolulu called Calvin and Susie’s to get Lexi’s Honest Kitchen food. I saw a jumbo antler and figured the dogs needed some enrichment, since the majority of their toys and other stuff is in transit from RI right now. We have to be careful about having toys out in the house – Lexi especially can get protective of her toys if she sees Zev eyeing them, so in our old house we would just throw up the baby gate to give them each a section of the house to themselves to have a toy, or else monitor each very carefully. This morning, I let them take turns with the antler in the living room while monitoring them very closely, and each waited so patiently while the other got to chew. Good job, pups!

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Lex is now utterly pooped and taking her mid-morning nap. Happy Saturday, everyone!

We’re here!!!

So, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted…and we are here in Hawaii! ¬†I’ll start by covering the last few days of our trip first.

After Colorado, we headed to Utah and visited Zion National Park!  It was stunning.  There was a pet-friendly trail that we took the dogs on for about an hour, then packed back up into the car and drove through a beautiful canyon road.

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the dog-mobile

the dog-mobile

From there, we went to Long Beach, CA:

 

 

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in our Long Beach hotel

in our Long Beach hotel

And then we finally headed up to our last stop, San Francisco!  I have friends there who were kind enough to let us stay with them, and boy was it nice to stay in a house instead of a hotel.

Lexi loved San Fran!

Lexi loved San Fran!

The day after we arrived in San Fran, we drove out to Oakland to drop my car off at the port with Matson, the company we chose to ship it out to Hawaii.  All went smoothly with the drop off, and then we spent the next two days sight-seeing and relaxing.  My friends have two adorable boys, Finn and Noah, who LOVED the dogs (and the dogs LOVED them, too!)!

Zev and Noah

Zev and Noah

Noah and Zev

Noah and Zev

Noah and Lexi

Noah and Lexi

Finn and Lexi

Finn and Lexi

Lexi and Noah

Lexi and Noah

Zev is awesome with kids and loves to play with them, but Lexi hasn’t been around too many younger kids. ¬†She was a little nervous at first, so we made sure to supervise her time with the boys closely and allowed her to take breaks from the commotion when she needed to. ¬†She would hang out with them for a few minutes, and then follow me back downstairs and sit with me while I did laundry or checked my emails. ¬†She came out of her shell very quickly, though, and soon we saw that she felt very comfortable with the whole family. ¬†She especially liked Noah, who would take the time to just sit with her and quietly pet her and talk to her, which she loves. ¬†Soon she was curling right up with the boys, giving kisses, and letting everyone scratch her belly! ¬†She has done SO well with all of these changes – I am quite proud of the way she has handled this drastic move. ¬†She still looks to us for assurance, of course, but she also draws comfort and courage from Zev, that rock of a big brother. ¬†This trip really made them a lot closer:

snuggled up to Zev's butt

snuggled up to Zev’s butt

using Zev as a pillow

using Zev as a pillow

So, the day finally came for us to fly from San Jose, CA to Honolulu. ¬†We were all prepared, but I was still a nervous wreck. ¬†My friend Hillary was nice enough to drive us all to the airport early in the morning. ¬†Surprisingly, the dog crates, our luggage, us, and the dogs all fit into her Prius hatchback! ¬†When we got to the airport, we quickly assembled the dogs’ crates, let them go pee one more time, and them crated up and got everything into the terminal on a few luggage carts. ¬†Check-in took almost an hour because we had the two dogs and 5 other pieces of luggage, but everything went smoothly. ¬†The last step to the dogs’ check-in was a crate search by a TSA agent – we took each dog out of the crate in the terminal so the agent could examine the crates, and then crated back up without issue. ¬†After that it was time to say good-bye to them and go through our own security check. ¬†I was a nervous wreck at that point, but the dogs seemed okay. ¬†We passed them on to the airport officials and got ready for our flight. ¬†A few hours later, we landed without issue!

First, we got our own baggage from the claim area.  Then, we took a shuttle to the rental car area to pick up my rental.  I got upgraded from an economy size car to a Jeep, so that worked out nicely with all the luggage we had!  After we packed up our bags it was finally time to go to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Office to get the dogs.  Our friend met us there in a pickup truck so that we could simply slide the crates into the back.  By the time we got there, the dogs had already been processed, so I just needed to fill out some paperwork.  Everything went so smoothly, and we were so excited to see the dogs!  They both looked a little freaked out, which is understandable, so we quickly got off airport property so we could let them out of the crates.  They were VERY happy to get out!  After that they began to relax and acclimate, and we knew everything would be just fine.

Fast forward a few days: ¬†we are settling in and loving Hawaii!! ¬†Every day has been absolutely beautiful. ¬†Our first night in the state, we stayed at our friend Shawn’s house in the North Shore while we looked at rentals.

walking the dogs on the beach in the North Shore

walking the dogs on the beach in the North Shore

We looked at one apartment the first night we arrived and filled out an application. ¬†The following day, we looked at an apartment in Waipahu (about 35 min. from Shawn’s house), fell in love, and moved in that afternoon! ¬†We were so happy to find a place so quickly. ¬†The dogs are really liking all the space we have and it is beginning to feel like home. ¬†Yesterday we went to furniture store to buy a mattress and left with that, plus this giant dog bed, for free!

Lexi approves

Lexi approves

We have met a few of our neighbors and Shawn’s friends, and everyone has been so nice and welcoming. ¬†There really is a special “spirit” about this place. ¬†So, our next steps are to continue to explore and see the sights, find jobs (full-time for John, part-time for me), and get ready to start school in a little over a week! ¬†The past few days have been crazy, but we are really enjoying our new home and look forward to making a lot of memories here. ¬†Thanks for following along!

“HE’S POOPING!!!”

Okay, I’ll explain that title in a minute, I promise. Right now we are driving through Utah to our hotel in St. George. Here is a recap of the past few days:

-We made it to Chicago on Tuesday in great time and in great spirits. We checked into our hotel and then went back out to grab dinner and gas. At the gas station, John went inside to pay while I stayed in the car with the dogs. A minute later, some kid in a big company pickup truck hit the front end of my car while trying to inch past us, but clearly didn’t leave enough room. Oy. No one was hurt and the damage isn’t significant, but we filed a police report and the officer listed the damage as $1500+.¬† I was pretty pissed at first, but once I realized none of my lights got smashed I calmed down.¬† John was able to pop the panel back on, at least, bit the clips got smashed so it definitely needs to get fixed.¬† I will have to wait until my car gets to Hawaii to get a repair estimate, but the driver’s company will have to pay for everything since I was parked and clearly not at fault. That was a nice way to end an otherwise good day…

-We made it to Colorado Wednesday night and left Saturday morning. We have good friends there who showed us around and we had a great time. I think the highlight for me was going through Rocky Mountain National Park. It was absolutely stunning! They also took us to a shooting range with their three guns, and that was a blast as well.

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-The altitude changes had the four of us feeling a bit off, though. The dogs had some looser poops, especially when we first arrived, and John and I were pretty weary. After a day or so, though, we seemed to be feeling good. That is, until the ride down through the mountains this afternoon, on our way out to Utah. After a pretty significant altitude decline, poor Zev all of a sudden started getting sick in the back seat. I was driving down the highway, and all of a sudden I hear John yell, “HE’S POOPING!!”! I couldn’t believe it at first…and then quickly realized that it was indeed happening, and proceeded to freak out.¬† We managed to pull off on a side road before he threw up/got anything on poor Lexi sitting next to him. After that he seemed a bit better and brightened up more as we drove out of the mountains, but I am going to give them dinner later tonight to let them adjust a bit. That was a fun pit stop, for sure. Good thing I have a seat cover on the back seat, although the blanket Zev was sitting on went right into the trash. Looking back I can’t help but chuckle at it, because it was just so ridiculous!

So, things have been uneventful since the afternoon (thankfully). Overall, our trip has been amazing!  Tomorrow we are going to check out Zion National Park in Utah before heading to Long Beach for the night. We bought an annual National Park pass while we were in Colorado, so we can check out any National Park we come across, including those on Oahu!
Here is a nice shot of Utah from this afternoon:

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Well, that’s it for us! Hugs and kisses from Lexi and Zev!

On the road!

Today is the big day! We left home at 2:30 this morning for our trip. Right now we are about 10 hours into the drive and somewhere in Ohio. Everything has been smooth so far and we are making really good time! We have a hotel reserved south of Chicago and it looks like we might arrive a little earlier than planned, so we can relax and head to bed early. Tomorrow is another long day, ending in Colorado. We’ll be staying there for 3 nights and spending some time with friends, so we’re really looking forward to that.

The dogs are doing great on the trip-very quiet and relaxed. They have the whole back seat, lined with pillows and blankets, so they are pretty comfortable. We stopped twice so far and will again once before we get to the hotel.

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The only piece of this big puzzle left is to find a place to live on Oahu! We came close to securing a cottage, but unfortunately it got rented out already. We will keep looking during the trip and, if need be, we will set up some viewings for the day we land or the following day and just find another hotel to stay in. I’m confident that we will find a place quickly once we arrive in person, and hopefully we will secure something we can move into immediately!

Well, that’s it for now! John and I are sharing the driving duties and have about 5.5 hours to go!