I'm wondering what all of you do with your pets when you go to Jamaica? For many years when my parents were younger (they are in their mid-80's now), they would come to my home three to four times a day and take care of my four dogs and one cat.
During the 1970's when I was in Jamaica most of the time, I would have a friend watch my one dog "Bugman" for months and months. He liked girls with very long hair and my friend Sheila especially, so she took him in six months at a time. When she went to college & couldn't care for my dog, it was arranged for a friend "Peppy" to care for him.
A year or so later he moved to Miami and gave my sweet dog to his friend Suzanne. She was heartbroken when my (now ex-husband) returned from Jamaica to claim him. This little faithful dog was so happy when I left my full time residency in Jamaica in late 1979. He lived to a full and happy and spoiled age of 19 years old. He attended many "be ins" in the parks of the northeast in the early 1970's, many great rock concerts, many Vietnam protest lines in the early 1970's... participated in some amazing Merry Prankster's type of scenarios in upstate NY, hung out with some heavily lsd'd people, peed in Bob Dylan's The Bands home in Woodstock upon entrance.
I no longer have any cats in my home, I do love them, but after 30 years of being the only person in the house who cleaned the litter box, after my last cat "Pinney" died at 19 years old.. I decided "no more cats". I feel really really great that I will never ever ever have to clean a litter box again. The great motivator is that my oldest daughter Justine is alergic to cat hair, all of our family functions take place at my home instead of my mother's house because she has two long haired cats & my daughter Justine gets really sick within the first five minutes of being there.