Travelling and Pet Shows

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been travelling for Pet Parcel business. I’m lucky to have family who watch my pets when I need to be out of town (and probably spoil them more than when they are at home!).

I know they’re in good hands, but I still worry about them getting into trouble or being general pains in the butt because they are used to their home and their schedule. Although I enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings (no walking the dog at dawn!), it doesn’t make up for the loneliness I feel without them. It’s so sad when I walk in the door and there’s no dog to greet me 😦

Every time our schnauzer, Jack, whines in the mornings because he DEMANDS a bone, he makes up for it in the evenings when he’s giving kisses. When Lucy wakes me up at 4 am, but wants to take a nap on my computer in the afternoon, it’s easy to forget the lack of sleep the night before. Anyone who’s owned a pet most likely understands the ups and downs of being a pet parent. Every time one of my pets starts to annoy me, which is inevitable when you have another living thing living in the same space, I think of all the joy they bring instead.

This week, I will pick up our pets and bring them home! In the meantime, I wanted to reflect on the fun weekends I’ve had in two very different parts of the country.

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Lucy on my lap next to my computer while Jack naps on her.

San Jose: San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the US (and beyond), so I was excited to see what this smaller city nearby had to offer. San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood was an amazing enclave of the city! I found so many great shops and restaurants in this area of the city, including Crepevine, a restaurant that I always visit in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco when I’m there. Willow Glen had the feeling of a neighborhood of a large city, but felt like it had the walkability of a larger city.

Kansas City: I planned to drive from Chicago to Kansas City, but work schedules meant I had to fly. I’m not sure why I expected the landscape to be flat, but I was surprised by how hilly the city is! Maybe it’s because the areas that I’ve been to in the Midwest – mainly Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois – are pretty flat. Or, maybe it’s because I watched Wizard of Oz about a million times as a kid and thought Kansas was flat (I know KC is in Missouri, but it’s close!). I absolutely love the Westport neighborhood, and it didn’t hurt that it was close to 90 degrees on Sunday so the patios were filled with post-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, which made the area feel very welcoming. I definitely need to come back to explore more of this area of the city!

In the meantime, this week I head east towards Detroit to pick up the “kids”.

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