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Have any of you left a pet behind?

 

by @danielgenser | 6yr  | 25 comments

Tough question to ask. Have any of you had to leave a pet behind? My wife and I have a cat that weโ€™ve had probably for 7 years now. We donโ€™t have anyone we can just leave her with. Weโ€™ve thought about finding someone to adopt her in the past, but now with our DN plans, weโ€™ve put her up for adoption through our local rescue organization. Iโ€™ve been fearing what will happen if no one adopts her. Have any of you been in a similar situation?

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@panoramica | 5yr

I re-homed my cat several years ago, when I was first planning to travel. The new owner was lovely and the new home sounded great - but some aspects werenโ€™t as advertised - another cat moved in, there was a possibility for the family to sell the house and go their separate ways, and he ran away in the first few weeks and they only found him again by accident.

Iโ€™ll always feel guilty about letting him down and will never forget that look on his face when he knew he was being kicked out.

So, be very sure that you are definitely moving, and if you arenโ€™t prepared to cover the cost/trauma of bringing you pet with you, then do organise some sort of trial period with the new potential owners so that everyone is happy that it is a good fit.

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@julia_nunes | 5yr

I travel with my little dog. It is not easy, but I couldnโ€™t do otherwise. While she lives, she will travel with me and I only go where I can carry her. Except, if it is for a month or less; more than this period I canโ€™t stay far from her. If somebody wants to follow us, this is our page โ€œGiros da Cacauโ€ on Facebook.

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Iโ€™ve had my cat since I was 16 and then at the age of 22 I moved out of the family home, went to live in the UK. She stayed with my mum, but she didnโ€™t care either way. Iโ€™d visit 1-2 times a year.
She wasnโ€™t really an โ€˜attachedโ€™ cat, she slept with us if she wanted, meowed when she wanted something, headbutted us when she wanted. A typical cat. We served our purpose I guess :smiley: She would get a little bit upset with us if we left her alone for a longer period of time, like couple of days (weโ€™d always arrange for a friend to come and give her food/water/clean the litter box), but other than that she didnโ€™t show she missed us.

Itโ€™s a different story with dogs, though!

My 4th year in London my mum told me some lumps appeared on my catโ€™s back. After the visit to the vet, she was diagnosed with cancer. She had a surgery and I was very upset not to be there with her, but she had my mum. Some time after the surgery I went back home and when the lumps grew again and she had another surgery I was there. When the vet told us the cancer will come back again and there wonโ€™t be anything he could do, I decided to stay, until she โ€˜leavesโ€™. I gave her medication, changed the dressings on her woundโ€ฆAnd I was there to say the final goodbye. I stayed home for that year and half not wanting to go anywhere and wouldnโ€™t change it.

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@emilyonherway | 5yr

I wonโ€™t try to leave my pet behind me. I had a dog before and when I go out for 1 months, I set him on my aunt home.My aunt took good care of he but my dog may thought that I left him behind me and unhappy ereryday then he got ill. When I came back home,I never have the chance to see he again.

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Aww, I left my Labradoodle Charlotte and my cat Felicity in Santa Monica with my parents. I miss them. Good thing thereโ€™s Skype. :slight_smile:

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I just left my two rescue dogs, Lucy and Zed, three days ago.

Zed, left | Lucy, right.

I adopted them with my ex but due to circumstances (him having a good reliable job and me wanting to travel), heโ€™s the better fur parent to look after them at the moment. He loves them as much as I do, so I know theyโ€™ll live a fantastic life. Heโ€™ll let them sleep on the bed, terrorise the dog walker, go to doggy daycare and run around at the lakes/beach at the weekend.

Thereโ€™s still the possibility that I can have them if I decide to settle down at any point but Iโ€™d rather not fly them too frequently - Lucy gets motion sickness as badly as I do.

Itโ€™s been tough, Iโ€™ve cried more than Iโ€™d admit to. The ex has been a good sport by sending me photos every time I ask.

I doubt Iโ€™d have decided to become nomadic if he wasnโ€™t happy to take sole custody. If the circumstances were different, Iโ€™d sate my need to travel by remaining an expat and move around much more slowly 6-12 months. For me, the responsibility of adopting an animal would come first. Mainly because they rely on you. I couldnโ€™t give mine back up for adoption.

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@danielgenser | 5yr

It sounds like we were going through similar things over the past couple days: http://danielgenser.com/home/saying-goodbye-to-family

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Glad you found someone. Maddy already looks at home - only the way cats do. :wink:

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@captaincake | 5yr

@travelrawr Did you leave (and break up with) a SO to become a nomad?

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I left my little dog with friends last summer. I had a rough couple years of trying to bring her with me places and leaving her with different friends/ sitters when I couldnโ€™t. Finally I realized weโ€™d both be happier if she was with my friends. I do miss her but it wasnโ€™t feasible to bring her with me on the road.

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@quinnzeda | 6yr

I left my 2 dogs behind at my parents when I initially left on my nomad adventure 4 years ago. I missed them terribly. One adjusted well, the other did not. Around a year ago I was going to be nearby and a flight was cheap so I went to pick one of them up to go on vacation with us for 6 months in Mexicoโ€ฆ When the 6 months was up, I couldnโ€™t bring her back so now she travels with us. Sheโ€™s small, but itโ€™s still a huge pain in the ass to travel with a dog. Sheโ€™s so much happier to be back with me and loves the road. So I guess I have to deal with the extra logistics and cost.

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@xcdogs | 6yr

Over 90 million people travel the USA with pets each year, and that is why I started xcDOGS nationally. If anyone is looking to find a host for a longer time, say a year or more, let me know and I may be able to reach out to some of our members in your state to help you out (in the US).

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@coffeeshopceo | 6yr

Left my Great Dane behind! Was great to go home and see him in October though.

Didnโ€™t really care about seeing any family, just the dog! lol


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@danielgenser | 6yr

I got great news tonight. A friend has volunteered to adopt our cat! Woohoo!

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@mikevallano | 6yr

@DanielGenser thatโ€™s excellent news! congrats!

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@mikevallano | 6yr

@DanielGenser I was in the same position. It was definitely the hardest part of getting rid of everything. We had a few options that were supposed to work out and then fell through at the last minute.

I used every method possible: created a website, used twitter, fb, posted flyers, etc. I even advertised using Google Adwords. I eventually found a good enough home for my kitty, but I still feel bad about it.

I know how hard it is and I feel for you. Try to think of any creative ways to get the word out: reach out to people in your area that love animals and have big followings on social media and ask them to help spread the word. Put fliers up at the coffee shop, etc.

Itโ€™s really tough and I donโ€™t have any solid answers, but do know that others have been there. Good luck!

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@techstonia | 6yr

My gf has a small dog and this somewhat limits travelling. Do any of you guys have a dog/pet or know someone who is travelling with one?

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@gigigriffis | 5yr

Yep - I travel with my small dog. Weโ€™re currently in her 16th country, Colombia. :slight_smile:

All the deets are here if youโ€™re interested: gigigriffis.com

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@julia_nunes | 5yr

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[/quote]I travel with my little dog. It is not easy, but I couldnโ€™t do otherwise. While she lives, she will travel with me and I only go where I can carry her. Except, if it is for a month or less; more than this period I canโ€™t stay far from her. If somebody wants to follow us, this is our page โ€œGiros da Cacauโ€ on Facebook.

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@lisainmexico | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been traveling with my little dog as well, but so far only to Mexico. Itโ€™s really easy to move a dog (especially one this small) between the US and Mexico. I donโ€™t have any plans to go somewhere else long term yet, but weโ€™ll see - cross that bridge when I come to it.

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@cee | 6yr

I have been known to leave our 2 cats with various relatives in various countries until weโ€™re settled enough in the next country to feel comfortable enough to import them. Our eldest cat is sick of being stuck with rabies vaccines and shoved into planes, so heโ€™s staying behind with a family member that he likes better than me. It all works out somehow.

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@skatkov | 6yr

Iโ€™m a big pet lover and i donโ€™t really catch idea of โ€˜owning a petโ€™. :smile:
I love reptiles, they are most wonderful creatures on earth. I always dreamed of having one, but my mother always refused to have one saying โ€˜youโ€™ll be living outside with himโ€™ and later my girlfriend refused to have one with popular excuse โ€œitโ€™s me or him - pickโ€.

So after i broke up with a girlfriend i immediately went and got this guy and named him โ€œAfonjaโ€:

Actually my mother felt in love with him, but before going away i left it with my good friend. The animal is doing great, iโ€™m checking out on it.

But while traveling i was crossing a temple and some woman approached me and told me i should take rabbit for take care. She didnโ€™t wanted any money, but i gave her 100 baht (because itโ€™s normal in my country). It was a special rabbit it was not used for eating, because it was really small (even for his age). So, i decided to help him grow in safe environment and then move it to www.workingretreat.com so it can run around freely. Rabbit had a great personality - she loved all people, it runs to people once she sees them and stays near by all the time.

But then i left for a nomad Christmas to Koh Phangan and left it at a retreat. Some nasty cat killed it. :\

Iโ€™m still feel a little bit down because of it, i was hoping to give a rabbit a chance and free life (or in a bigger cage if you may say so), but failed to provide proper safety while she was young. :\

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@joseclimaco | 6yr

I left my dog Hulk with my parents. I miss him everyday.

Dont you have a friend or family who can adopt her?

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@magalhini | 6yr

Pets are such a big responsibility precisely because of moments like theseโ€ฆ sorry that you had to leave Hulk behind, but Iโ€™m sure heโ€™s in good hands!

I had to do the same, almost 2 years ago. I had a cat, Mia, who was picked up from the streets, and I had to leave her with my parents as well when I moved from Portugal to the UKโ€ฆ I still see her when I go back and sheโ€™s happy asโ€ฆ well, a cat :smile:

It still sucks though, leaving pets behind.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Long story which ends in no, unfortunately. At least none that I know of yet.

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tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
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Where do you work from in Lisbon? ๐Ÿงณโ˜•


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How do taxes work for perpetual travelers?


by @whirledover | 3yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

Hereโ€™s a question (actually a bunch of related questions) thatโ€™s been a bit of a thorn in my side lately. Iโ€™ve already combed this forum as well as several others but would love some more insight from more knowledgable people.

So, here goesโ€ฆ

Background: Iโ€™m a perpetual traveler and havenโ€™t stayed in a single country longer than 6 months for around 5 years now. Iโ€™m a non-US person so no IRS worries but my country of citizenship (Korea) has a residential tax system and since I havenโ€™t claimed residency anywhere else, it seems possible for my government to claim me as a tax citizen.

Which brings me to my first question: At what point does forming a solid business structure to cover your taxable a** become worth the hassle? $100K/year? At $200K/year? I sort of feel like most governments wouldnโ€™t bother with this because itโ€™s relatively โ€œsmall fishโ€ - thoughts?

And that brings me to another question: If Iโ€™m not needlessly spending time worrying and I should finally pull the trigger and set something up that makes me more โ€œlegitโ€ - even if it requires paperwork - whatโ€™s my best option? Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™ve come up with:

Set up an offshore company - Iโ€™m leaning toward RAK Offshore since it seems to have no paperwork requirements and has no taxes - and use that to hold and re-invest the income I receive while paying myself a nominal amount every month, like $3,000, which I then file Korean (income) taxes for. This makes sense in my head since thatโ€™s roughly the amount I spend every month anyway but would this qualify as tax evasion?

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Oh, and is the money accrued (without being reported tax-wise) considered black money?!

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I'm Pete R., Running 2 startups, 2 blogs, freelancing, and creating travel videos, all on the road. AMA


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Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m Pete Rojwongsuriya, a UI/UX specialized entrepreneur, currently running 2 startups, Travelistly and BucketListly, and working on clientโ€™s work at The Pete Design all from the road.

Iโ€™ve been traveling solo for a year and a half now and I often express my opinion about travel over at BucketListly Blog. I am also an amateur photographer (Photo Blog) and love creating travel videos. I recently came back from New Zealand and you can watch what I have experienced there on Vimeo.

AMA.

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