Ollie and Andrew move to Scotland

$975 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 14 days
Teri Peterson  CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
Ollie is turning 14 this spring--she is nine pounds of friendly affection! She will squeeze herself into any box or small space she can find, when she isn't jockeying for space in my arms. I've had her for most of her life, and she's been giving me "eskimo kisses" every day for all these years! She loves to sleep on my pillow, or under the covers snuggled up like a teddy bear.

Andrew is a twenty pound Nebelung, and is turning 11 this spring. He was born in a shelter and I brought him home soon after--his whole life has been lived in this house! As soon as I sit down, he comes to sit on my feet or my lap. He follows me around the house, sleeps next to me in the bed, and talks constantly. He wants to be where I am...and he doesn't like when other people visit and compete for my attention. :-)

We are moving to Scotland, from Chicago, this spring (right around their birthdays!), for work. Ollie and Andrew are my family, so of course I want them to come with me! In order to fly into the UK, they have to be shipped as cargo, which is a very expensive proposition. With cargo fees, import/export, vet certificate endorsement from the USDA, customs, care before the flight and during the layover, etc, it will cost $2500 per cat. 

I am a pastor, so that is a really sizable chunk of debt I'm not sure how to get out of.

Ollie and Andrew already have plenty of experience hanging out in boxes and suitcases, as you can see, and they've been studying up for the move (at least, that's what I tell myself when they sit on my books and sermon notes!). Now I just have to get them there safely, so we can keep my happy little family purring away. 

I can't imagine a home without them and their silky fur floating around the house, their voices chattering to me when they think they deserve treats, and the comfort of petting them with one hand and turning the pages of a book with another. 
I have to pay a 50% deposit by the beginning of March, and then the rest at the beginning of May, so I'm hoping to avoid putting it on my credit card.
I'm beyond grateful for any help you can give me in ensuring my fur-babies are able to come on our new adventure!




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Posted by Teri Peterson
1 day ago
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20% of the way there! woohoo!

Yesterday Ollie and I went to the vet, in part to try to clear up her winter sinus infection and in part to begin getting things in order for the move. I learned that some veterinary offices don't register/get accredited with the USDA because it costs too much, but those vets can't actually issue health certificates, so any vet that has the certificate is also (supposedly) certified. I learned this from my, it turns out, accredited veterinarian who is lovely and has taken good care of both meows for many years.

Dr. Tina also did part of her training in Europe (and took her dogs with her!), and is familiar with the rules and their ever-changing nature, and all the steps we have to go through. We're going back next week (when Ollie is over her infection) to get things rolling!

Meanwhile, the first offer on my house came in today! We'll see what the bank thinks about it, but I accidentally met the woman who made the offer and she is lovely. I have to do a short sale, because my lovely condo hasn't regained its value yet...so it's the bank, not I, who decide whether to accept offers or not.

Little by little--each appointment with movers, each box sold or donated, each piece of paper filled out, each house showing, _each dollar raised_, **each share** from a friend or friend of a friend...that's how we get there! Thank you for your help. Please share and invite your friends to be part of the little-by-little story too!
hanging out on the "staged" bedspread...
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Update 3
Posted by Teri Peterson
4 days ago
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Thank you all for your generosity!! We are at nearly 20% of the goal, which is amazing. I was just reminded by the pet relocation people that my deposit is due soon, and that they can't schedule the specific date of the move until I pay it.
Meanwhile, movers visited my home today to give an estimate for how much stuff they think I have, so that is also underway!
Yesterday, all the remaining books in my house that I won't be able to take with me were picked up by an eager young man who loves to read. Many of those books have been my friends for two decades, moving with me across the country (and a few of them across the world!). Paring them down by half was hard, but I'm glad they'll be with someone who will appreciate them. When the shelves were empty, Ollie immediately took advantage of the new space. :-) I obviously made the right choice between the word-friends and the fur-family.

If you get a chance to share the page with your friends on social media or email or around the office, please do. Sharing is the best way to get the word out and keep the momentum going, all the way until we land in Scotland!

Thank you again!!
kitties replacing books for the move...
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Update 2
Posted by Teri Peterson
8 days ago
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This morning when I came out to the living room, Ollie was curled up on the fuzzy blanket on the sofa; the very blanket that I spend most of the winter under. She was determined not to move from her cozy nap-nest even when I sat down next to her and tugged the blanket a bit...
UNTIL
I set down an empty cereal bowl. She is powerless to resist the possibility of leftover milk. Success! I got the blanket.
And while Ollie had her head in the bowl, Andrew came over and sat on my lap...aka, on the blanket. It's already a hilarious morning as they jockey for their preferred spots. As far as I know, there are no house showings scheduled for today, so it's just me and the meows hanging out for a quiet day at home. They could use one, after all the drama and excitement of the past few weeks. It might be the last slow day they get for a while, since soon the carriers will come out and they'll have new things to worry about!

Thank you all for sharing our story as I hope to make these mornings continue for many years to come in our new home! Please continue sharing--every little bit helps.

(I should have grabbed a photo of Ollie with her head in the cereal bowl, but I was too busy stealing the blanket. ha!)
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Posted by Teri Peterson
11 days ago
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In 48 hours, we're at 10% of the goal! This is so great. Thank you all for your support. The meows are so grateful to know they have friends all over, who want them to stay with their family. forever is forever, right?

Andrew and Ollie have been extra snuggly with all the changes in the house--Ollie even insisted in sleeping directly on my pillow (aka on my face) last night! And Andrew is right this minute torn between watching the squirrel on the balcony or staying on my lap. :-)

Please share the meows' travel dreams, so hopefully others will be inspired to ensure our furry family can purr together for years to come.
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$975 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 14 days
Created February 5, 2017
AP
$25
Alice Park
2 days ago
$25
Lara Pickrel
4 days ago

Hooray for Scotland!

TM
$25
Tori McKee
5 days ago
$50
Anonymous
8 days ago
$70
Andy James
8 days ago
$50
Jill Mills
8 days ago
$20
Anonymous
10 days ago
$50
Martha Spong
10 days ago

From kzj and me, with love and traveling mercies!

CS
$20
Carrie Smith
11 days ago

Good luck! And still need to connect you with my church of Scotland friends here!

SI
$20
Sue Ivany
11 days ago
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