Move Details

by Valerie Barker


Now that the big announcement has been made, we have received some questions from our friends, so we're going to fill everypup in on the details.

As most of our friends know, we were going to move to Maryland in the fall of 2008. That move was for a temporary assignment with Mom and Dad's work. They have been talking for months about where they want to move after the Maryland assignment was completed since Dad was positive he didn't want to move back to Texas. He has basically spent his entire life in Texas and wants to move somewhere with mountains, water, and lots of trees and grass. At first he mentioned Denver, but Mom thought it would be too cold for her. (Not for us though!) So they had agreed on Seattle.

Then in early October, Mom got a phone call for an interview with a company in the Seattle area. (Remember when we got the cookies with our names on them? Mom bought them for us in Seattle! We both hope now that we will live there, we will get cookies like those every day.) Apparently the people interviewing Mom liked her and the company gave her a job offer. So long story short, she is going to take it and we are moving over Thanksgiving. Mom and Dad decided just to take the plunge and move up there now instead of in a year or two after the temporary assignment. At first it will just be Mom and "the zoo" (that's what she calls all the pets) living up there. Dad is going to stay back in Texas and work on selling the house for a while, but we are hoping that he comes up there shortly after Christmas. He will definitely be visiting us a lot, because who wouldn't miss our cute faces?

This move is going to mean big changes for Mom and Dad, but also for us! We are going to be living in a townhome. Wilbur is pretty excited because he loves stairs to run up and down. However, Mom is worried about us because we won't have a backyard. It's just a temporary solution so we'll see how it goes. There is a trail right behind the townhome community so we can go on walks there and the townhome is within walking distance of a store that sells Canidae! I don't know who is planning to walk home with a 40 pound bag of dog food on their shoulder! Mom said the store also sells tons of "good for you" treats, so we would be happy to go shopping there and consume our purchases on the premises. We are also excited about the dog parks. We've been reading Royal's blog for a long time and have been really jealous of his cool dog park and now we can go there! Mom has already emailed Royal's mom and we might have a play date sometime. Royal's mom gave us the lowdown on all the area dog parks.

Mom and Dad were surprised at how difficult it was to find somewhere to rent with us. Not just pets in general, but Siberian Huskies. At some complexes, huskies were on the banned breed list. They were so surprised to discover that. They found us a nice place to live, but it costs a bit more than some of the other places that they were considering. It must be a husky's destructive nature that has gotten them banned some places since we aren't typically aggressive dogs.

The best part of this move is that we will finally see some snow. It might not snow much at all where we live, but Mom and Dad promised to take us to see snow in the mountains for a Christmas present. It's going to be so great. We're also going to start working on our Working Pack Dog titles next summer. There will be lots of trails to explore.

Finally we want to share a poem written for us by Star and Jack-a-roo. It's a great poem and in case some of you didn't see it in the comment of our last post, we wanted to publish it here.

Steve and Kat and Wilbur too
Will soon be going on a move.
Pack your bowls and pack your toys,
Pack all the things that bring you joy.
And on your way up to Seattle
Watch out for strays and big-horned cattle.

Thanks so much for the poem, Star and Jack! Everyone else, stay tuned for more moving news. :-)
Steve and Kat

PS (from Kat). Turbo, I will do my best to get the Cowboys beating the Jayhawks. However, did you see what happened when they played the Longhorns last weekend? Aren't Cowboys supposed to be in charge of Longhorns? Oh, and yes, we do know that the mascot for the University of Washington is a husky. Mom said we should get jobs being the mascot at football games so we could earn our treats!