Hello. And thanks again for reading my blog, and yes, I’m alive and still living in HH. Just that life has been pretty mundane and nothing much new to write about without repeating myself.
So, I’ve been travelling a fair bit more this year and one contributing factor for that is that I’ve finally managed to solve my dog boarding problem. Previously, it was hard for both me and the hubs to go on long vacays together, because while dog boarding is widely and easily available, it wasn’t the most ideal option for us. Depending on where we boarded our dogs, they would either come back really skinny (I suspect they are fed just the minimum so they don’t pee and poop much for convenience of the boarders), covered in ticks or develop some sort of illness after boarding. I guess living in a cell with multiple other dogs is a very stressful experience.
It got to a point where we seriously contemplated hiring a maid to look after the 4 dogs + help with the upkeep of the house…apart from the dogs, the garden is nearly driving us crazy. I swear, living in a house with 2 gardens is a full time job in itself! Almost went through with it but the indonesian girl we found ran away before the paperwork got processed (we were DIY-ing the hired help rather than thru an agency. Troublesome but totally doable.) and so we abandoned the idea. If you can find a willing worker, the wage of an indonesian helper is only around rm1k a month..if you do the math, house cleaning + dog sitting + gardening + vet bills because of sick dog(s) already exceeds this amount, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. Please don’t ask me where to find willing workers though because I have no clue where the good workers are.
And then as luck would have it, our dear friend and fellow dog lover (she’s got 2 dogs and 1 cat), agreed to house+dogsit for us. I think it’s the most perfect arrangement ever. I come back to a clean house that isn’t covered in dust and happy, healthy dogs. I don’t have to rush to put the dogs at the boarders before leaving, nor do I have to worry about how they are when I’m away. She takes our dogs on their regular walks, and everything is the same for them except that their owners aren’t home.
I know, this sounds a little crazy and over the top to folks who don’t have pets, but the peace of mind knowing that your house and your pets are going to be fine while you are away is totally worth it.