Keep Them Doggies Movin’.

Another unusual topic from Lin for the weekly LBC posts.

This time, let me confess that I have heard the song by the Blues Brothers and so that choice of the title does not come as a surprise to me unlike the earlier one on Sunday In The Park With George.

Here however,  is a true story which has come just as a Godsend for this exercise. I wonder if Lin is psychic!  Another case for synchronicity?

My friends A and N sold of their residence and other interests in the North of India and migrated to Pune. They discarded most of the stuff that they had accumulated over a quarter of a century and what bare minimum that they needed to set up their new home in Pune was all packed and transported by truck to Pune. They had one simple problem which defied solution. Their lives for the past few years have revolved around one Boxer and one Labrador Retriever. Both massive specimens who look fierce but are in reality gentle and amiable fellows.
Boxer

black-lab

After much toing and froing and considering various alternatives, it was decided that the best way to transport the two dogs was by road. That would have meant three days of driving with two night halts on the way. Attempts to hire a mobile home failed and so it was decided that two cars will be used. Since one car had to be brought any way, another was hired with a driver and a temporary driver was also hired to drive their own car.

A’s daughter Nisha forbid the senior citizens from driving down and so it was decided that she would escort one dog in one car and my son Ranjan would escort the other in the other. Ranjan therefore flew up and after spending a night getting everything ready left as planned in the caravan of two cars.

The two doggies were kept movin’ for three days and were put up in pet friendly hotels for two nights in 5 star comfort. Nisha and Ranjan landed up without much ado with the dogs somewhat cranky after the long journey. Nisha and Ranjhan were thoroughly exhausted and would not like to repeat the exercise ever again.

A and N had flown down in the meanwhile and there was a grand reunion of the dogs, the daughter and the parents along with a bemused Ranjan benignly looking on after three days.

The story however does not end there. The family decided that they will move on to their home in Goa which has a large compound where the dogs can play to their heart’s content just as they did in Delhi. So, the entire family in two vehicles moved down to Goa with the dogs and they were escorted by Ranjan in one vehicle. After seeing that they were settled comfortably Ranjan flew back to Pune the next day.

I hope that at least for some time more, these dogs will not be movin’ anywhere else.

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24 Responses to Keep Them Doggies Movin’.

  1. Dun-Na-Sead says:

    What beautiful animals. And lucky too. Not too many dogs get to ride in their own hired limo with driver and caretaker companion. (our airedale just thought she did) Love the post.
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  2. Maxi says:

    Hopefully, the family is settled for good. Bet those doggies don’t want any part of moving ever again.
    blessings ~ maxi

  3. How many miles was the trip? My poor grandpups travel over 1300 miles each way in the summer when they come to visit here. Apparently when they know they’re headed west they just sigh and settle in for a long trip.
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  4. tammy j says:

    oh my gosh! what a story! LOLOL!
    and what BEAUTIFUL animals.
    ranjan deserves a medal.
    did you and manjiree fix him a special dinner upon his return?
    not once but TWICE! 🙂

    • I was not here to give him a hero’s welcome as both of us were in the air at the same time; I on my way South and he on his way home from Goa. Manjiree must have!

  5. Kaitlin says:

    Gorgeous dogs. Ours are pretty good with long car rides, albeit a bit stir-crazy at the end of a few days. Glad everyone is safe, and hopefully love their new home. Ranjan is wonderful to help with all of this.

  6. Looney says:

    Happy dogs.
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  7. kylie says:

    there have been a few stories in media here recently about pets who were entrusted to pet moving companies and arrived at their destination seriously injured. One was not even alive.
    What Ranjan did sounds like a marathon effort but I’m sure the good result is worth it!
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  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    what interesting memories that evolve out of nowhere as such… I think dogs are probably easier to move that way. When you see a dog in a vehicle they look as if they having a great time.

  9. nick says:

    Gosh, it sounds like those dogs are well pampered! They were certainly taken proper care of on the trip to Pune. And quite right too, judging by the unfortunate dogs Kylie refers to above.
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  10. bikehikebabe says:

    Someone saw me kissing our family dog on the nose. I was pregnant. She said I won’t be doing that after the baby comes. I didn’t. But I’ve had many family dogs that I had close relationships with & I loved them so much.

  11. wisewebwoman says:

    It sounds exhausting Ramana! I’ve travelled the roads, and flown, and took extensive (20 hour) ferries with Ansa. Her favourite was car travelling. She hated the long flight to Toronto and rough storms on the ferry had her terrorized. I was worn to a nub from worrying about her. Good they had Ranjan to pick up the slack.

    And major life changes – my move here for sure. And Losing 3 beloveds.

    XO
    WWW

  12. The things people do for their pets lol I can’t imagine at this point in my life traveling with any dogs, let alone big ones. I remember as a kid having to travel with our dog, who was of medium size, and our getting in each other’s way when one of us wanted to take a nap on the back seat. Whew! lol
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