* * * Caution: lots of cuddly dog pictures ahead. If this upsets you, turn back now. * * *
Today was the day we rescued our dog, Kenobi, after his overseas journey and week long stint in the Shanghai quarantine facility. Hooray! Fortunately for us, today also happens to be the 70th anniversary of the Chinese victory in the world anti-fascist war (aka WWII, who knew?!) which means we had the day off of work. We slept in this morning and left Suzhou around 7:30am to make sure we picked Kenobi up before their shortened holiday hours went into effect. We arrived in record time (1:15) as there was almost no traffic on the roads. Our driver says all families will be at home watching the military parade on TV, so no one is traveling right now. Having been here before I knew where we needed to go and we met a Chinese/British couple who were also waiting for their dog. We started chatting about our miserable experiences transporting the dogs as cargo, found out they had just come to China from Seattle, learned he was a chemical engineer for BP (pre-deepwater horizon he felt the need to add), and now they are staying in China for a while. Once the nurse arrived we took turns handing over our paperwork and that was that. The next thing we know our dogs are being pedaled out on a bicycle built for two (dog crates that is) and our new friend is avidly taking pictures of her dog as they arrive. Their dog was a schnauzer and was just as happy to see his owners as Kenobi was to see us. It didn’t take long before both dogs were out of their crates and on their way to their respective cars. Their dog was so excited to leave he didn’t pay much attention to which car he was going in and the next thing I know I’m sitting in the minivan with a decent size schnauzer on my lap. We sorted everyone out in the end, and then we were on our way home!
The car ride was quick on the way back as well, and Kenobi took turns drinking, panting, getting pets, staring at our driver Jacky, and laying down pretending to sleep. The pictures below capture the moment better than I can describe.
Once we got back to the apartment it was time for a walk before a much needed bath (for Kenobi that is). One of the reasons we picked the apartment/complex we did was because there were lots of walking paths and all car traffic was underground, so there was minimal risk of being run-over (e-bikes still happen by every now and then though).
There’s still several things we have to figure out for Kenobi such as where on earth we put his harness for running, where we can get food and treats that won’t make him sick, and allow some time for a few minor hot spots and bald patches to mend themselves, but overall everyone is quite happy. We found a near by international vet for both animals and a westery style boarding facility as well. The next step will be getting Kenobi comfortable enough to stay at home all by himself without barking and upsetting our entire building, but we are taking things slowly this weekend.