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    Badger
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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by snowbot View Post
    Hi Badger, I hope the corgi weight loss program isn't too traumatic.

    We leave detailed instructions about how many ounces to feed our cats when we travel, as well as how to use the kitchen scale, and the "emergency" cans of food are typically used, too. I think our cat sitter doesn't like to use the scale. But the cat sitter is more reliable than my mother. If my mother takes care of the cats when I'm gone, they're not hungry for a couple of days after I return.
    Before we left, I had considered bagging daily meals for each dog, but something tells me that even if I had done that, everything still would have gotten screwed up. When we lived in South Bend, the facility where we boarded Titus (this was pre-Hector) was very good about limiting treats and keeping to the correct measurement of food.

    That's very funny that your mother over-indulges the cats. My mom does the same with the corgs. I think they think of her as "nice old lady who bestows on us the ham."

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  • snowbot
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  • snowbot
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    Hi Badger, I hope the corgi weight loss program isn't too traumatic.

    We leave detailed instructions about how many ounces to feed our cats when we travel, as well as how to use the kitchen scale, and the "emergency" cans of food are typically used, too. I think our cat sitter doesn't like to use the scale. But the cat sitter is more reliable than my mother. If my mother takes care of the cats when I'm gone, they're not hungry for a couple of days after I return.

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  • Lani
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  • Lani
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    Badger, first off I have to say I *LOVE* that you kept posting updates in your thread. I was able to follow you as you went on your journey.

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    I have a number of photos from our trip to share with you all shortly, including a few of the FOT pouch as it made its way across Italy.
    Oh, almost like Flat Stanley! I will be looking forward to this.

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    This is just an update to say that we wore or used everything we packed with us on this trip, except for the iPad stand that always sets off the metal detector in the airport.
    I have a case that I can fold into a stand, and that seems to work well for me.

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    I'm also sad to report that because of the holidays, I was only able to acquire one Buon Ricordo plate, and not two. Oh well, I guess we'll have to go back.
    Sounds like a great excuse to go back!

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    I think the big thing that I learned is that if I carry my phone, I will take pictures of everything in sight. If I carry a camera, not so much.
    You too?!? I've been trying to think about why--for me, I think it's because with my phone, it's like just taking casual snapshots to share with my friends online. So I just snap away. I especially love taking snapshots of the dishes we order! With my camera, I feel like I have to compose a phohtohgrahff (pronounce it all snooty-like), and I don't think about it in terms of sharing... so I think that might be why I don't take as many. Heck, I don't even carry a camera with me anymore ever since I went to an iPhone 4 (not the newest 4S mind you).

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    I thought of all of you as I took photos of my pouches!
    Can't wait to see your Flat Sta...er... Pouch pictures!

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  • Maria
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  • Maria
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    SOrry for my confusion! If only humans could diet so quickly and efficiently as Corgis! Glad to know they are really no worse for the trip. And of course happy to be back to normal.

    I need an aeronaut, and "need" is not just as in "want" either!

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by Maria View Post
    Welcome home Mr. and Mrs. B!

    But the poor Corgi's! Have Hector and Titus given you the cold shoulder, or just so thrilled to have you home that they are turning themselves inside out with happiness? Or perhaps a brief moment of the former, emphasis on the later!
    Technically, Mrs B and I are both Mrs B. (I guess non-technically as well.)

    And our corgis are eunuchs.

    I really, really feel bad that Titus gained so much weight (it was like 2 lbs). Extra weight is so hard on the dwarf breeds, especially those with long backs. The dogs were happy to be home, overjoyed to see their stuff, and seemed to forget we had been away after about 24 hours. I'm also happy to report that thanks to having a normal diet again and lots of trips to the dog park, Titus is probably about 1/3 of the way back to his ideal weight of 28.5 lbs.

    I totally agree that the Aeronaut is great for hauling home vacation booty. There was always an extra nook or cranny to stick things. It seriously did not let me down once.

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  • Maria
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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Hi everyone,
    we're back and all is well in the Badger household. (Hector got a haircut today! It makes him look like a corgi.) I have a number of photos from our trip to share with you all shortly, including a few of the FOT pouch as it made its way across Italy.

    This is just an update to say that we wore or used everything we packed with us on this trip, except for the iPad stand that always sets off the metal detector in the airport. I'm also sad to report that because of the holidays, I was only able to acquire one Buon Ricordo plate, and not two. Oh well, I guess we'll have to go back.

    I think the big thing that I learned is that if I carry my phone, I will take pictures of everything in sight. If I carry a camera, not so much. While I'm not sure that I'd always be able to travel without a camera, I feel like that's a good thing to know about myself. Astoundingly, I got a magnificent picture with bokeh on my phone, something I have never been able to achieve with a camera. (It will never be replicated, so I need to keep working at my camera skillz.)

    It's great to be back! I thought of all of you as I took photos of my pouches!
    Welcome home Mr. and Mrs. B!

    But the poor Corgi's! Have Hector and Titus given you the cold shoulder, or just so thrilled to have you home that they are turning themselves inside out with happiness? Or perhaps a brief moment of the former, emphasis on the later!

    I do not yet have an Aeronaut, and plan on a navy / solar version when I can get one. It also leaves room for shopping purchases!

    CHeers!

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    dlg, I gotta say: I wouldn't recommend this lady. She's nice but her house is chaos. We sent the dogs with 5 weeks worth of food (just in case), and when we picked it up, it was ALL.GONE. I'm not sure if she fed it all to ours, or if she fed it to the other dogs she was looking after, but I wasn't pleased. The food was really expensive, and it's very calorie dense. Basically the whole world knows that corgis put on weight really easily, so if she was free-feeding, it's very irresponsible. Titus came home with a bit of a gut, and poor Hector was all matted (hence the need for a haircut today). They seemed OK psychologically, so that's what's important, but it was all too nerve-wracking for me and the Mrs.

    I have a colleague who uses a pet-sitter up in Solon. I might give them a call and see what they're like. Could you also PM me with the name of the people in Blue Grass?

    Pics of Hector's haircut to come shortly . . .

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  • dlg
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  • dlg
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    Badger, who does pet-sitting in the Iowa City area? Is it a friend or a business? We've always kenneled our dogs in Blue Grass, IA (west of Davenport) but I'm always looking for alternatives.

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Hi everyone,
    we're back and all is well in the Badger household. (Hector got a haircut today! It makes him look like a corgi.) I have a number of photos from our trip to share with you all shortly, including a few of the FOT pouch as it made its way across Italy.

    This is just an update to say that we wore or used everything we packed with us on this trip, except for the iPad stand that always sets off the metal detector in the airport. I'm also sad to report that because of the holidays, I was only able to acquire one Buon Ricordo plate, and not two. Oh well, I guess we'll have to go back.

    I think the big thing that I learned is that if I carry my phone, I will take pictures of everything in sight. If I carry a camera, not so much. While I'm not sure that I'd always be able to travel without a camera, I feel like that's a good thing to know about myself. Astoundingly, I got a magnificent picture with bokeh on my phone, something I have never been able to achieve with a camera. (It will never be replicated, so I need to keep working at my camera skillz.)

    It's great to be back! I thought of all of you as I took photos of my pouches!

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Hi everyone! Just a quick post to say Buon Natale and hello from Italy! I'll have much more to say when we get back, but really quick: carrying our stuff has made this trip fantastic, and traveling light, even in winter, has been much easier than we thought. We learned that everyone on Alitalia eschews the one-bag rule, which means I can hand-carry my two Buon Ricordo plates rather than stuff them into the Aeronautic on the return flight. They would definitely fit, though!

    ncb4, I like the PEN. It's not the fastest camera in terms of shutter speed, and I'm still getting used to the Pany lens, but it's working well. To be honest, I'm using the camera on my phone way more. Thank you for asking about the corgis. A local pet sitter is watching them in her home. One of their corgi friends is with them right now, so I'm sure they're happy. Some people's dogs get sad and won't eat when they're sent to the pet sitter, but this is not the case with ours.

    Hope you're all well, and I am looking forward to reading about all of your holiday travels and escapades when we get back!

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by Frank II View Post
    I might be missing something, but how are you going to charge the camera, ppuclip and kindle?
    Plug into iPad charger, plug iPad charger into plug converter, and presto! It's been working like a dream so far.

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  • misterN
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  • misterN
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    Good luck with your trip! I'm getting ready for my voyage trip with my Aeronaut to Phoenix and I'm having trouble figuring out what setup/what I'm going to pack for down there.

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  • ncb4
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  • ncb4
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    Have a wonderful (and safe) adventure! And do make sure, as Frank II noted, that you don't forget to take your chargers; it would be awful to be without your camera especially (and do you like the Pen? I've got an Olympus e620 which I love, but I do drool occasionally over the Pen line).

    My only worry is the Corgis: who is taking care of them while their parents are off gallivanting around Italia? My Newf Yukon wants to know, since His Neurotic-ness pitched a six-month fit of the worst separation anxiety I've ever had the dubious pleasure of experiencing after the sole time we dared to leave him in a kennel.

    Buon Natale!

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  • Maria
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  • Maria
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    Bon voyage Badger and Mrs. B! Impressive packing list for three weeks....especially in winter temperatures. (Santa won't be bringing me an Aeronaut sadly, but it's still on my wish list!)


    Merry Christmas!

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  • Frank II
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  • Frank II
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    I might be missing something, but how are you going to charge the camera, ppuclip and kindle?

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