Re-united with Charlie

Charlie, my four legged princess has finally come to Canada after being looked after by my dear friend Stephanie.

She arrived arrived three months ago in July and she has adapted really well. A few things people should know when importing a dog from another country. Shop around to get the best price as it isn’t cheap and each service, although similar, is still different with their processing.

A friend I know explained to me that they used to inject dogs before the flight with a sleeping drug to knock them out so they are not stressed at the beginning of the process however this practice has ceased. The animals would wake up mid flight and be totally disoriented and highly stressed due to the fact they had not been awake during the initial boarding process. This was particularly the case with long flights such as the flight from Sydney to Vancouver taking approx. 14 hours.

To transport your best-friend, you will need a dog cage that is authorized to be on Cargo flights so the dog has sufficient space, a compartment for food and water and also a cage that secures onto the cargo deck so it doesn’t move.

I chose Jet pets for her travelling needs and it was a distressing time for Charlie, as well as her godmother “Steph” and friend Ruby. The neighbours in Woollahra, Sydney all loved Charlie so after many tears shed, she made her way to Vancouver where she had a stop-over before getting on the next plane to Montreal. What a trip for her.

We were eager to welcome her and as soon as she saw us, her tail was wagging and she was jumping and running with joy. It was a beautiful moment to have my little girl back in my arms.

Driving her home was wonderful. She loved her new backyard with plenty of grass for her to run on and her new sister Ananda (Yorkshire) were playing the territorial game for a little while until they all adapted. It has been great and I even shed a tear when I see them playing together outside. What joy they bring to our lives. They really are precious souls.

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This was the pick up guy in Sydney for Charlie to take her to the doggy waiting rooms at Jetpets.

Below is charlie at the Vancouver pit-stop terminal. I can she she is in a little shock looking around in this unfamiliar environment but still looking as cute as ever.

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I am glad we made the decision to bring her to Canada in the summer so she gets used to the environment before the snow begins to fall. I am unsure how she will adapt to the snow as she has never seen it before but that will be the next update.

Charlie’s 3rd Bday

It is my little princess Charlie’s Birthday. I have not seen her since July 2012. It is a long time to be away from her. Her godmother Stephanie has been looking after her well and has spoilt her today with a dog treat and a doggie birthday party at home with her and ruby. She is so cute.

 

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I skype Steph about Charlie and she told me about how Charlie almost never made it to her third birthday. This is why below and it is a very true story that i am sure anyone who has owned dogs can appreciate. I love this story and I laughed. Here it is below, my last letter from Steph…..

“There are many movies that have ‘bones’ in the title’ – e.g. Winter Bones, Blood & Bone, The Bone Collector etc. There are also books and movies with ‘Charlie’ in the title. And  there is even a series – named after the main character – Charlie Bone – which contains both words:

  1. Midnight for Charlie Bone
  2. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  1. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
  2. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
  3. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
  4. Charlie Bone and the Beast
  5. Charlie Bone and the Shadow
  6. Charlie Bone and the Red Knight

There is also a ‘Charlie Bone’ temporarily residing in Woollahra …. ‘temporarily’ because her days could be coming to an abrupt end!

Charlie Bone’s godmother had noticed a recent increase in creepy crawlies around the kitchen area … and blamed this on the hot weather, lack of fly screens, grotty neighbours etc. etc.

Late last week there seemed to be an odour emanating from somewhere. The godmother, being somewhat anal about such issues, decided to investigate further. She was fairly certain the kitchen area was not the suspect area – more likely it was the bathroom/laundry.  Out came artillery of cleaning products and equipment! She moved the washing machine in the bathroom and checked underneath, removed a storage cabinet, vacuumed, washed with bleach, sprayed surface spray in every nook and cranny.

Feeling somewhat relieved to find no surprises, she attacked the last corner of the bathroom where the huge hot water system resides, hidden behind a cover. As she vacuumed through the small access points, she felt the nozzle lock onto something solid. Her heart stopped beating; she turned off the vacuum and went to make a strong coffee!

After composing herself and mentally preparing herself for the worse, she dared to vacuum up the solid mass and to suction it out through the opening!! Was it something that had dropped off the vanity unit? Was it a ball that had rolled in during doggie playtime? What was it? OMG!!

‘It’ was a desiccated bone!

With more vacuum cleaning prodding and exploring, ‘it’ began to multiply …. And multiply! There was a cache of bones, now fossilized, hidden in this humanly inaccessible hiding place. As each bone was raised to the surface and deposited in the rubbish, the godmother became less of a fairy and more of a dragon! There were 7 (repeat SE7EN) large bones located! The bones must have been there for some time!

Although she considers herself to be extremely vigilant, Godmother is unable to accurately gauge when this activity took place – before or after Charlie started acting like a dog and burying bones in the very small garden and digging them up shortly afterwards and dragging them, covered with dirt, inside the house.

Charlie ‘Bone Storer’ almost didn’t live to see her 3rd BIRTHDAY today!”

Steph, if you are reading this blog, Thankyou from Charlie and I for putting up with her cheeky ways. She loves you very much and she does these things to keep you on your toes and active hahahaha. I think my dog takes after me too much hahahaa.

Missing my Dog, Charlie

Missing a pet is hard. I’ve been away from Charlie since July 2012. My great friend Stephanie has been her fill in mum for this whole time and Charlie loves her alot. She is like my little princess. This photo below is her at Double Bay in the water. Too funny. Stephanie sends me photos of her all the time and each time, they make me smile. I miss her but at the same time, I know she is in the best of hands.

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Charlies hair looks like its getting lighter on the body of her coat. The colour on her head still looks red but the back of her is lighter.

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This is Stephanie’s dog Ruby with Charlie at the park.

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Skyping Charlie: So much fun talking to Charlie. When she hears my voice, she looks at the screen. Technology is so cool and Skype is awesome. I get to watch her chasing the cat next door.

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This little girl below is called Ananda and she is a Yorkshire. She is from Montreal and soon, I want to try and bring Charlie to Montreal but I’m really not sure how easy that will be. I can’t wait for them to meet and be friends, and close like sisters. 

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Meet Charlie

I would like to introduce to you the love of my life so far. No it isn’t a two legged human being. It actually has four legs and similar hair to me. Her name is Charlie. Yes a female Charlie like the designer Charlie Brown and Hi Fives Charlie Delaney. In fact most people tend to comment on the fact that Charlie and I look alike. I try to explain that we do, and in fact we have the same hair stylist. See for yourself and I’ll let you decide.

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She is the cutest thing in the world and she is like a teddy bear with a heart beat.

Charlie was born on the 18th March which makes her a pisces dog, and me being an Aquarian, really makes sense as to why we actually get along but her other favourite person is her puppy sitter, or who I call the other dog mummy and my dearest friend Steph. Well there is a story in that too when we met living next door to each other and kept in touch ever since. She also has a poodle dog called Ruby that is now 14 years old so when Charlie came into the picture, it was more about loving them both for Steph. Here her in the photo below with Ruby and Charlie.

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Charlie really has this special gift, purely because she is so cute that when you see her, you will just smile at her social personality and her pure excitement in seeing you. She really is the love of my life. The hardest thing about leaving home and packing it all up was making the decision to be apart from her until I worked out where I would lay my hat down and call home. I was totally ok with the decision though, because Steph is really a gem when it comes to loving Charlie and loves being there. Most probably has a good deal to do with the fact that Steph feeds them bones every night to which they crave, as opposed to the strict Science Diet and greenies treats she gets with me. Nevertheless, whether she is with me or Steph, she is adored and loved. Here is a photo below of her drooling for her next bone.

Begging for her next bone.

Begging for her next bone.

When I first got Charlie from a lady called Patria in Brisbane, I went out and bought all these clothes for her and there was a funny moment, where one of the outfits was too big and Charlie hated it so she squirmed out of it like an eskimo. Take a look at it on You Tube.

I guess that is enough of the initial introduction to Charlie, so stay tuned for all other posts on her, with plenty more photos etc to keep you entertained.

Love Charlie, and Angelique x

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