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Last week, we bought a pet crate from Trademe and I assembled it in the living room. I enticed The Jedster in with half a spider and a mouldy pig’s ear, and he took to napping in it during the day.

Contrary to my expectations, flying to Dunedin yesterday with a crate full of dog turned out to be a complex logistical equation. The ticket specified we be there an hour and a half before the flight – in fact, before the Pacific Blue staff even showed up.

A passerby, watching me coax Jed into his crate, said, “Glad I’m not a dog. Wouldn’t want to be cooped up in there.”

I felt like saying, ‘Yeah, and I exhaust him with long walks and he has to sprawl out on a beanbag to recuperate and only gets fed four times a day and has to chase sticks repeatedly.’

Instead, I planted some drugs in his suitcase when he wasn’t looking.

The Jedster entered his transportation without protest (the pig’s ear again). In fact, there wasn’t a whimper out of him, even when a Pacific Blue assistant dropped him and his crate off the trolley.


In Dunedin, I hurried out to baggage reclaim and looked around to see where The Jedster would be delivered. It was difficult to see with the hordes milling around the conveyor belt.

Then, across the far side of baggage reclaim, I heard an unmistakeable and compelling call, a cross between a bark and a howl:-


Jed had spotted me first; but I guarantee it was the first sound he made since Auckland



  1. Sean said:

    So no more canine related posts – that worked out well! I suppose you’re going to blame it on the trauma of being spousless…

  2. deadlyjelly said:

    Yes! Thank you Sean – that’s EXACTLY what it is.


  3. Brett said:

    Your blog has officially gone to the dogs..

    (see what I did there)

    (i know you lol’ed)

    (brackets are cool)

    (ok bye)

  4. deadlyjelly said:

    I didn’t LOL, but I had an IG. Attracts less attention.

    I was going to mention you in the post – ie I was grateful to The Bro for helping out at the airport – but I didn’t think you would thank me for pointing out that all you did was hold Jed’s lead. Oh, I suppose you did fight off Airport Security in the drop-off zone for half an hour 😀

    (If you say they are, brackets must be cool)

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