Monday, February 02, 2009

Truth, consequences and traveling with pets


As it turns out, I may have been telling a few untruths in recent posts. No, I didn't pull a James Frey and fabricate the story about us moving to France-- we are going to France-- but I've gotten some of the details wrong.

Have I mentioned that my husband and I aren't the greatest communicators? I seem capable of maintaining conversation with the rest of the world, but not my husband.

As it turns out, it is not definite, in any shape or form, that we will be living in the main house while we renovate the "guest house." Ian suggested this to his sister, she never responded one way or another, then relayed the idea to me, without mentioning that his sister hadn't actually approved the idea.... yet.

I, of course, loved the idea since it meant we wouldn't have to seek out, and, most importantly, pay for, a rental home or apartment. I loved it and I ran with it. I pounced on it and turned it into our "truth", without first doing some fact checking.

While some may consider a furnished French flat superior to a cold, drafty, sagging farmhouse which may or may not have a kitchen sink (it does), I was kind of digging the romantic idea of roughing it, however crazy that idea was.

As it stands, this detail remains undetermined but I felt the need to confess my "free interpretation" of the truth.

Another reason I glommed onto this truth is with the vain hope that we can somehow bring our dog, Ruby, with us. I really want her to come (she's already been installed with her handy dandy computer chip) and I wonder how easy it will be to get an apartment that allows dogs.

Any of you Euro-savvy travelers know the answer to that one?

10 comments:

MT said...

This is why our cat is currently residing with my in-laws. I knew Geneva vacancy rates were (are) bad and I wanted to maximize our chances of finding an apartment. That said....as far as I can tell, the French LOVE dogs. I think they love dogs more than they love kids. Dogs are common sights in stores, supermarkets, and restaurants. Dog droppings are also a familiar sight on the sidewalks....
Off the record (brilliant thing to write on a public forum on the INTERNET!!), I would lie on the application. Once you've got a contract I don't think they would go after you for having a dog. But maybe someone closer to the Burgundy region would know better. You could always just leave that section (if it appears) blank. I think it would probably help both you and the girls transition to Euro-life if Ruby was with you too.

And heavens to betsy (or do you really hate that expression??) but you made me laugh with the "I seem capable of maintaining conversation with the rest of the world, but not my husband." I am most definitely in that boat! Okay, I have to go to bed now, it is late over here!!!

mooserbeans said...

If your conversations occur over the roar of the children and in quick sound bites between interuptions (like ours do), then I don't balme you. Rob and I have taken to emailing important messages to each other, not because we can't communicate, we can't get a word in edgewise. Good luck taking Ruby. I'd be lost without my furry best freind.

Ali said...

I was just going to say exactly what MT just said - I won't repeat it. I've been on Air France to Renuion, Indian Ocean(a domestic flight) with pets up with the passengers. It is a gamble, but I'd bring her - also a great way to meet people when walking her.

tdlep said...

Be it a house or an apartment, would Ruby have to be quarantined for awhile before she is released to you? The idea of roughing it together in the main house is definitely appealing. It might help with adapting to a new country if you are all together. It also seems like it would be good fit to stay in the main house because you could keep an eye on the whole property (bonus for your SIL because extra things will probably get "fixed up") and Ian wouldn't have to commute to work. Speaking of which, will you be getting a car out there? Lots of details to coordinate, but exciting new experiences await you!

Clare said...

Let me just reassure you that the French luurve dogs, and therefore you should have no problem finding an apartment that is dog friendly. It's not uncommon to see people in restaurants with their dogs! And I totally back up MT saying that there is dog poop everywhere!!!
Good luck with preparations.

Betsy said...

tdlep: Ruby would not have to be quarantined. We just needed to get her a physical, updated rabies shots and a ID computer chip. It is England that has the really strict laws, and, since we are travelling to France via England, she won't be traveling with us right away, but I plan to coerce a sibling or other family member to bring her once we have settled in.

molly said...

oh, betsy! I had to go and read all the france posts before I commented but this sounds like such a fun adventure! Dan and I have always said how fun it would be to go off for a little bit and live in another part of the world with the kids. And the possibility of living in a run-down french farmhouse sounds right up my alley!
Can not wait to hear more details.
xo.

Jolyn said...

Yes, Europeans are much more relaxed on the dog thing. At least the continental ones are. So hope it all works out for you to take her.

Emma said...

Oh I just read on your babycenter journal that Esther is studying Australia in school. I told this to Declan (who is also in 1st grade)and he was intrigued by the idea that kids in another country (ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!!!!) are learning about us. He even wants to draw a picture for Esther's class- do you think her teacher would like to be inundated by aussie artwork?

Betsy said...

Absolutely, Emma. That's a great idea.