We said our goodbyes to our beasties in Oman.
The kitties were the first to go. Immediately after I got back from work yesterday afternoon, Dommie and Katie was around waiting expectantly for the accustomed and expected neighbourhood walk. They were instead stuffed into the 2 cat carriers. I originally thought of taking them both in one carrier as I thought that was roomy enough. After all, I took them back in that one carrier and taken those two for their vacinations and speying in that one garish orange carrier that Riamfada hated.
So that was the image I had in my mind. I forgot that was a few months ago and since then, the kitties got bigger, a lot bigger. After Dom was stuffed into that orange carrier, there was little space left. So the carrier I bought for Riamfada was used to stick Katie inside. They thought it was a game. Until we took them into the SUV. Then they started screaming away. They were used to getting into the SUV but had the entire car to roam about in. They sensed it was unusual this time. And they screamed and meowed away.
My wife comforted them. I gave them instead evil chuckles. I explained to them because they were bad evil creatures trying to maim and kill me, they will be incarcerated away. I got a kick from my wife (metaphorically as we were in the car) and she raised her voice declaring that we loved them so.
Shortly, we arrived at the vet to hand them over. The vet there cooed what lovely cats. I tried to point the error of her observations and told her they were bad creatures who demanded breakfast before me and tried to kill and maim me with their figure of 8s weaving at my ankle. Instead of taking my side, she said 'ahhh.... such sweet darlings'
I gave up.
Then we got back home.
Riamfada had been told the last couple of days that she would be looked after by Jessica as we would be away for a couple of weeks.
Riam was to go at 715pm leaving me an hour with her. She came to the living room. Doing all the exercises with me so nicely. We had huge heads of sunflowers from the sun flower seeds my wife had thrown in the garden. You cannot get more organic than that. After the heads were dried, Riamfada loved them, digging and opening seeds one at a time from the head.
I stuck a head in her parallel bar. To let her eat as much as she wanted.
She was then taken to her cage. That door was closed onto her for the first time since she came into my house last October. And she was taken to the back of the SUV. The thawed pack of mash, and another 5 packs of frozen mash was in an insulated container. Her perch basket, 3 hand perches and two large bottles of sunflower seeds came with us.
We reached Jessica villa and took Riamfada in.
Riamfada recognised her and talked to her. I then guided Jessica and her husband how Riam will step up on the hand perch and simple means of control. I explained the feeding of mash to her and other things that I thought needed for them to live amicably for the time we will be away.
I told Riam that we will be away for 15 days and then we will be back again.
We then went off, had a simple dinner at Ocean, and came back to a quiet house.
We will be flying off to Taiwan on evening 15 March, touching down in Taipei in late afternoon 16 March. We will stay over in Taipei, a city we love so much for a couple of evenings and to see dear old friends there.
Then on the 18th March, we will be taking the High Speed Train, that I took part in building, to Chiayi city.
You all know why.
We will be there until 29th March and our flight back to Oman on 31st March 09
Oman station over and out.
Other reports will be made from us in Taiwan.
If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice
NEVER EVER HAVE CLEAR GLASS WINDOWS WHERE YOUR BIRD IS FLOWN.
COVER COVER THEM PLEASE.
YOU MIGHT NOT BE AS LUCKY AS I WAS.