I know I've been MIA for a while now. I keep promising myself I will start blogging again but can't seem to find the time. Poor excuse I know. But I logged today to find 180 unposted comments - WOW! So just a quick update for now. We are still in the US. I'm a full time student which may help to explain my absence. So much happening that I don't even know where to start. I appreciate the comments from those asking where I am. Please hold on just a while longer and I'll be back...
I recently came across a post on Facebook by a woman who had an awful experience flying with her pets on United Airlines. Since I receive many emails from readers asking advice about relocating with pets, I wanted to share her experience. Now, I have never been on United and probably never will after seeing this:
Seeing your Taylor Guitar being thrown around by baggage handlers in bad enough, but imagine looking out the window of the plane and seeing your pet's crates sitting on the hot tarmac when clearly you had paid extra for PetSafe (http://www.united.com/web/en-us/content/travel/animals/petsafe.aspx):
The animals were near death when they arrived at their final destination. Just take a look at the condition of the dog's crate:
I am told that is blood inside the crate also. The dog and cat needed emergency medical treatment and I'm happy to report they have both made a full recovery. For more info please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedAirlinesAlmostKilledMyGreyhound (Copy and paste link please).
I urge anyone needing to relocate animals domestically to rent a car and drive to your destination. For those relocating internationally, I had a positive experience traveling with my dog on Delta/KLM. But please, do research as ask for more than one opinion. Here is the link to the page I wrote about my experience moving a dog to Egypt: http://www.onefleetingglimpse.com/2010/02/moving-your-dog-to-egypt.html
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I am actually quite surprised at myself that I have not blogged a single thing about the Egyptian Revolution or recent events in Egypt. During the revolution I was not getting much sleep but was staying glued to Twitter and Al Jazeera English. I was very disappointed NOT to have been in Egypt during that time. If I had been there, I would not have evacuated because I would not have left my dogs behind. My Rottie left Egypt in October of 2010 and it was quite an ordeal to have her shipped cargo. (I will post something about the process of taking the dogs out of Egypt in the future.)
On February 11, 2011 it was so wonderful to see the entire country united. A feeling of brotherhood prevailed. As I listened to my husband's first hand accounts of smiling, friendly people greeting each other on the streets, I couldn't help but wonder how long that would all last. I seems it did not last more than a few days. Looking at the events of the last few days in Imbaba, it is hard to believe it was less than 12 weeks ago that Egyptians felt such a camaraderie with each other. I'm not talking about religion here. I'm not talking about sectarianism - I don't even believe this is about religion. I don't believe Salafis are behind the recent events. I'm talking about that feeling of belonging and kinship that so briefly existed in Egypt in early February? Where did that feeling go?
But what has really got me thinking is this: History repeats itself and if we don't learn from history we are destined to repeat it. Right now I am reading The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit a fantastic memoir of a Jewish family in Old Cairo. There are striking similarities between the events of the late 1950's post King Farouk's abdication. For example, immediately after Farouk left Egypt Cairo went about renaming (once again) all the streets that had any mention of royalty or any connection to the Royal Family. Malaka Nazli became Ramses Street. Present day, Cairo is busying itself removing any traces of the name Mubarak from streets and public buildings. The author's family (along with all other Jewish families) are eventually forced to flee Egypt which had become a very unwelcoming place for them. Present day, the Coptic Christians are feeling very unwelcome in Egypt. Where is this sectarian violence and turmoil headed?