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There are plenty of ways to show our pets how much we love them — we buy them special food and treats, bring home the newest toys and, of course, lavish them with affection. Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, will share the stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love. And sometimes, the extra mile is only the beginning!
For pet parents, one of the hardest things about having a job that requires a lot of travel is missing our beloved pets. But Mary Hubbard has found a solution: She brings her pets with her!
As a retail consultant, Hubbard leaves her Dallas home for several months at a time while she’s working on a project in another city. One project even lasted seven months.
Rather than leave her Border Collie mix, Jake, with a pet sitter for extended periods of time, Hubbard takes Jake with her to project sites all over the country.
Jake’s not the only one who accompanies Hubbard on her trips. Millie, Hubbard’s 12-year-old cat, also joins the menagerie on the road. Because she’s diabetic, Millie requires insulin shots twice a day. Hubbard says she feels better if she’s the one taking care of her. “One time I even took Millie to Canada with me. But Jake stayed with my dad for that trip.”
In each city, Hubbard finds either a pet-friendly hotel or a corporate apartment to call home for a few months. Hubbard brings Jake’s bed and his favorite toys to make him feel at home.
Prior to arriving in the new city, Hubbard researches and finds a top-notch doggie day care near her work so Jake has interaction during the day. “Even if he’s just hanging out in the corner at the day care, I still like him to go somewhere and not be in the room all day,” Hubbard says. Millie, on the other hand, is perfectly content in the room napping and hanging out.
When they’re fortunate enough to have an assignment in Chicago, Hubbard, Jake and Millie stay with Hubbard’s father. Hubbard’s sister lives right next door, with Jake’s best dog friend, Zoey. “He absolutely loves our Chicago gigs! We all do!”
Hubbard says the pets don’t seem to mind the change in scenery every few months. The car rides go smoothly, and the trio gets into a groove quickly in each new location. “We’re just happy to all be together.”
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