This is the first time they've boarded, we were very careful with our research as when I googled the options, the costs were too high and when I looked for alternative boarding all I came across were negative experiences.
Returning to the house in the evening after dropping the cat in Dubai, on the Al Khawaneej around 30 mins from home and then the dog at the kennels in Ajman another 40 minutes away, was a very strange feeling. I didn't fly till later that evening and hubby had a further day and night at home before joining me.
On my arrival in the UK I emailed Posh Paws to find out how they were both doing and was reassured they were both fine. Although I thought about them quite a bit, I made no further contact, knowing they had my email address should there be any problems.
I cannot speak highly enough of Posh Paws and their care of Bob and Pushkins. Both animals were happy and with healthy shiny coats when I collected them, neither had lost of gained weight which was one of the complaints many people have had of boarding their animals in Dubai.
Bob was very excited when he was brought to me, but that excitement was for being outside and not seeing me.
Pushkins was brought to me in her basket and was very stressed for the journey home, but when I let her out she explored the house and gardens with me near by, just in case she decided to make a run for it.
I went out that evening to do the food shop and Bob was he usual happy self to see me when I got back, however at 4am the following morning when hubby arrived home Bob was bounding around him. We popped out that afternoon and Bob ignored me on our return but fussed over hubby. I guess this is my payback for leaving him. He is however following me from room to room to keep a close eye on me.
By the end of the weekend I'd been forgiven and he was back to his usual greeting of me as if he hasn't seen me for many years, yet alone minutes.
Pushkins has discovered her voice and is mewing/shouting at me none stop, following me everywhere and if I stand still she sits on my foot.
Both animals are making none stop demands to be outside as at the kennels and cattery they had cat/dog flaps they could access, whereas at home we have to open the door to let them out and the weather is much cooler than when we left.
Bob is back in his usual spot and as for Pushkins she's back to not being able to find her spot.
I've been looking out for a female cat and her 3 kittens, I've been away quite a bit during the summer, but they're getting food from somewhere and drink the water from the air conditioning unit. I wanted to befriend them so I could take the kittens to be sterilised (someone has already done the mother a few weeks after she gave birth)
I won't be doing that any more after a vicious attack from the mother last week when I was feeding them all and was inching my way closer so they could used to my presence when the mother pounced and bit my hand rather badly, causing me to shake her off. There was a lot of blood, but I've survived as will the offending cat.
I had a tetanus shot when I was bitten on the back of my leg by a dog in the UK in 2013 and a booster in 2014 when a monkey in South Africa bit my arm.