Friends, our BlogPaws trip to Phoenix has been cancelled. We should be hitting the road, heading southwest Monday, but we will be staying home. It has been a long, and hard decision to make, but it is the right thing to do.
Actually, since we bought our conference ticket over a year ago, we have had strange signals causing conflicting feelings about BlogPaws this year. For one, we would not arrive back home until late on Katie’s 14th birthday. We figured with all the swag, she wouldn’t mind us missing most of her day, but Mom felt bad about it. Next our friend who we had thought would travel with us couldn’t come along. Another friend of Mom’s from college lives in Phoenix, but it didn’t work to meet up with her either. Our pet sitter was reluctant to stay with Katie because she was afraid she might have to make “decisions” she didn’t want to make for us. There are a bunch of other things that have happened which have caused Mom to have a gut feeling we should stay home, but the main and final reason is Katie.
Going to BlogPaws to meet with brands is so huge for us as bloggers, and we also enjoy seeing all of our friends. Deciding to skip a year is really tough, so as Chief Blogging Officer, I called a board meeting to vote on whether we should go or not. Of course, Katie couldn’t attend because she wasn’t feeling up to it, Bailie was busy with border patrol, and the cats didn’t care one way or the other, so I had everyone fill out absentee ballots. I got out my calculator and determined it was unanimous. We are staying home.
Doggy Day Care can rest easy as the escape artist, Bailie, won’t be making an attempt to escape for a third year in a row. Bailie has also said she may send virtual hugs to those needing them during the conference. Because we don’t want to focus on what we are missing next weekend, Mom signed us up for a new dog sport. No, I decided against dock diving! I tried jumping off a dock years ago and decided I prefer to walk into the water like a lady. We will be participating in our new sport all weekend starting next Thursday, and it should be fun. The event is local which is a must right now. I will tell you all about it later.
All that being said, and humor aside, we are staying home for Katie. BlogPaws will come and go every year, but Katie is our family. Katie has one lifetime with us, and we want to be there for her in her time of need. She is declining very rapidly right now and we feel she is comforted by having us around, keeping our routines the same, and by knowing she is not alone. It is day to day with her as she is barely able to stand or walk at this point, and breathing is getting more difficult. We will continue to do our usual activities, but we will be home when we are usually home, and she is used to us all coming and going. Eight days and being so very far away was just not the right thing for us this year. Mom has been having a lot of leaky eye time about Katie and is relieved to just be at home with her girls. We hope the brands, and our friends will understand. We plan on buying our early bird ticket for next year as soon as it is announced because we can’t wait for BlogPaws but it just isn’t right for us this year.
We truly wish all our friends a wonderful conference, and safe travels! Don’t count us out, we will be back next year…look out!