The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #1

It’s happening again.

The Staff are taking liberties with my possessions and schedule. It’s an Outrage. For the past day, they have been bustling about with stuff in their paws, scarcely taking a moment to give me strokies or a treat. I grant you that meals and walkies arrived on time and up to standard, but it’s upsetting to have this stuff going on behind my back.

Later: Well, all is explained. They are loading my fence into the back of the car, my travel water bowl and a large bag of kibble are sitting on the bench, the Quartermaster (Mum) has put all my stuff into either the car or the caravan, and only my bed (currently occupied by Me) has not been whipped out from under my nose and taken away. Dad says he has bought extra fencing so my yard is now twice the size, which will be nice.

A solitary lead still hangs from the hook, so I expect there’ll be walkies before we go… Mum says we’re going north, even further north than Townsville, where I was adopted, but that we’ll be taking time out to visit friends at GAP Queensland in Townsville so I can say hello to Miss Nikki and the other greyhounds at the kennels. After that, we’ll go up to Cairns for just over a week, then home again.

I like Miz Lizzie the caravan. My bed is comfy, meals arrive at the usual time, Dad’s bunk is perfectly placed beside my bed for strokies whenever I want them, and there are fascinating new walks and smells to enjoy when we go out. Mum and Dad find fun places for me to run around like a maniac and stretch my legs along the way, and we all enjoy trying out all the dog-friendly things to do when we get there. Mum has printed out a list of cafés in Cairns where dogs are welcome and people can come along too. She says there will be beaches too, in case I should feel like a spot of cautious paddling (well, jellyfish, saltwater crocodiles and sharks permitting, of course, this is Far North Queensland, after all). I’ll have to think about that one…

Now, if only the Staff would hurry up and finish packing stuff, we can be on our way.

37 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #1

  1. Marty K says:

    I agree that it is an outrage that you have been shorted on your pets and treats, Mouse. The “Cheese Plate Kittens” wish they could help, but alas, they are half a world away and are already pretty scared by much of what’s going on around them. You might be a little big for them too, although they do share your love of treats and are starting to enjoy strokies. With any luck, they’ll soon be brave enough to be adopted like you were and will have as wonderful a home as you do.

    Hopefully, your staff will soon have everything packed and you’ll be on your way soon! Looking forward to reading your reports from the road.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Marty! We’ve arrived at our first stop in Townsville. Visiting tomorrow, and Dad has found me a fenced dog park to do zoomies in! I must say, the staff have done everything possible to keep me comfy. I’ve just had my supper and am resting comfortably on my own bed, Dad is stroking me and mum is pottering around in the fridge. We had a good drive; I got to share their meat pies in Bowen (Mum says they’re the best, and I tend to agree…), and I had several walkies along the way. Mum is going to take dictation for my next post tomorrow morning. Boops, Mouse.

  2. Good one Mouse… better not to head south atm… it’s cold and windy here down south with some snow in the high country. Enjoy the sun and lots of r&r time with

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Aunty Dale! It was ‘brass monkeys’ this morning according to Mum, when we did a short walk at 7am. Not sure what she means, but there was a distinct nip in the air and I made sure she kept moving. It’s been sunny all the way, no sign of clouds, and the forecast is good. It was a good trip, especially the bit where Mum let me have a bit of her Jochheim’s meat pie in Bowen… Say hi to Diesel dog, please, and we’ll see you all in February, I hope. Mouse xxx

  3. jmcheney says:

    But look at it this way, Mouse, – you’re off to see the world in great style with your dear loved ones & fun things planned just for you all along the way. Just watch out for all the monsters in the water. Tell Mum who is sharing your adventures, to send lots of lovely pix of your exotic travels to us far flung house-bound humans whose beloved four legged darlings have journeyed on afar without us. Faithfully, Your friend in North Carolina, USA, Judith

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Judith! I do appreciate the effort my Staff make to make sure I’m happy and comfortable. Mum has taken some photos today, and I’m planning to post in the morning once she’s set up to take my dictation. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, especially seeing Miss Nikki, who was lovely and very kind to me. Mum and Dad say it’s rather quiet on the road for the time of year, and lots of the southern Grey Nomads have been kept at home by Covid-19 restrictions. Whatever that means… I don’t bother my head with any of that so long as walkies, strokies, meals and snoozes arrive on time. Mouse xx

  4. Happy happy holidays Mouse and happy travels.
    Tell mum to keep the posts coming and I’m remembering the last time I was packing too to come meet you. You will get lots of cuddles from aunty chippy when we see each other in February.
    Hugs to mum & dad and tell mum we will FaceTime when they are settled in Cairns 😍

  5. Dayphoto says:

    OH! YAY! Off on a Holiday, back to the old stomping grounds! Have FUN!

  6. Good to see the staff is on their toes and have things in good order. I’m sure everyone will have some enjoyment from the trip. Now if I could find someone to organize my things and take me on a vacation all would be heavenly. Enjoy every romp.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Marlene! The staff are pretty good at their jobs, and I have a good life, I know. Mum would like to say something: “I plan to reincarnate as an adopted greyhound. They live the life of Riley, the pampered darlings”. I don’t know what she means, we only receive the adoration and cherishing we deserve….

  7. kymlucas says:

    Such a beautiful dog. And he has such a wonderful vocabulary!

  8. magpiesue says:

    Happy trails Mouse! Make sure the Staff wear appropriate muzzles when in public so y’all can return home safe and healthy. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Sue! We don’t have any cases up here, and all the hotspots are over 1200 miles away, so Queenslanders are not being asked to wear muzzles just yet. The Staff have brought theirs just in case, though…

  9. cedar51 says:

    we look forward to your journey of news…and the situations as you and the “staff” encounter there and back…safe journey, take care…

    • katechiconi says:

      If it’s anything like previous holidays in the caravan with the Staff, there will be lots of sightseeing, nice food, waterfalls and Mum’s endless search for the perfect meat pie, enthusiastically aided by Dad. I will make sure Mum takes plenty of photos.

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Packing for holidays is so exciting. Have a super time.

  11. tialys says:

    Have a great holiday Mouse. Mum wants to know how your fence is anchored because she thinks, if we had one, we would just jump up at it (especially Flo) and knock it over.
    Stan 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Stan, I asked Dad, and he said the panels are held together with long pins which can be driven into the ground. Depending on how you arrange the panels, it is pretty stable, as the panels are sturdy and 900mm high. Say high to Flo for me, and give your Mum a nose-boop from me. Mouse xx

  12. claire93 says:

    have fun!

  13. rutigt says:

    Looks like Mouse is gonna have a perfect holiday 🙂

  14. Hi Mouse, Roo and Orchid here. We are jealous! We want to go on holiday but we aren’t allowed to here. We shall have to enjoy reading about yours instead. Glad to hear you are keeping the staff on their toes and standards are being maintained.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Roo and Orchid! I’m sorry you’re confined to quarters, it must be very difficult. We weren’t allowed to travel further than 50km from home for a while there, but the state opened its borders earlier this week, and now we can go pretty much where we like except to Victoria. The holiday got off to a good start today with a pie-stop in Bowen, and I’m looking forward to socialising at the Greyhound Adoption Program kennels tomorrow, showing off my Staff to the others. I’ll post more soon. Mouse xx

  15. Oh Mouse. I’m having a really crappy day and the first two lines of your post made me burst out laughing. Thank you for that. Keep it coming xx

    • katechiconi says:

      Miss Jill, it is my honour to make you smile. I only wish I could give you a cheer-up boop with my cold wet nose. It always makes Mum laugh, not quite sure why….

  16. Dear Mouse, I think I will print out the picture of you in your comfy bed and keep it for episodes of insomnia — it looks so soothing, it will be sure to help me sleep! 🙂 Have a lovely trip and I hope your staff is allowed to buy good souvenirs.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! Mum says I have a true talent for sleeping, snoozing, napping, thinking deeply with my eyes closed, etc. I hope some of it rubs off on you 🙂 The Staff will buy souvenirs, as always, but they will be mostly edible, I gather…

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