There is very little to complain about concerning Callie the cat. She has charm in abundance, is rarely irritable, loves to be petted, is cute as a button and I get to see her again Friday morning. It will be almost two and a half weeks since we dropped her off at Holiday Pet Hotel. The first time we picked Callie up after having been gone for three weeks, she complained bitterly to herself during the 2 hour drive back to Borrego Springs. Every once in awhile she would remember something particularly distressing and let out a mournfully sad meow. You could tell it had been traumatic to her in spite of the good care she had received at HPH and she felt abandoned, only to be rescued again. Her relief at being back together with us was countered by the anxiety she felt at having been separated for so long in the first place. She didn’t know whether to be mad at us or glad. When we finally got home and she was able to wander around the house, she let out plaintive cries for hours as she went from room to room. She was feeling very sorry for herself and didn’t start feeling better until she got a chance to climb her beloved olive trees, and once again feel the bark beneath her claws. The second time we dropped her off, she faired much better and didn’t seem nearly as stressed out as the first time. The third time around, Holiday Pet Hotel should be familiar enough to her and a routine established. It will be interesting to see how she does when we pick her up. When traveling to Maui, I really don’t have any choice but to board her, so she has to make the best of her situation. The goal in the next couple of months is to purchase a used RV, adopt a rescue jack russel and hit the road, “jack!” That way my travels with Callie blog can be continued with a dog to add to the mix! Can you imagine the stories I wil be able to tell then?!