However, as you all know, life goes on at home, even when you're on the other side of the planet.
That includes the not so nice aspects of life, our own, and that of our pets.
Last week during routine blood tests prior to a routine operation (organised by the 2 kids' Dad, who is pet-sitting for us), we learned that Fluffy was very, very sick. Further testing revealed that she had a large tumor. The vet told us that given how sick Fluffy was it was unlikely that she would survive surgery to remove the tumor, however, given that she had virtually no chance of surviving without surgery, the 2 kids' Dad and I decided to give her at least the one chance to beat it.
Despite her tiny size and the poor state of her health immediately prior to surgery, Fluffy made it through the operation.
However, the following morning, Tuesday 6 March (Sydney time), Fluffy was too exhausted to keep fighting and she passed away.
It's really hard when you lose a pet, and even harder on the kids. Throw in being on the other side of the planet and it's devastating.
Rest In Peace Fluffy - you were the most gentle and loving cat to have ever joined our family and you will be very sorely missed by ALL of us, including your best friend, Heidi Puppy!
3 March 2011 - 6 March 2012
Soooooo, since Fluffy was included in "2 Kids, 2 Pets, 2 Pumps" it was decided that a name change was in order.
This time I enlisted the help of the 2 kids.
After a few suggestions that were scoffed at by both kids as either "embarrassing" or "cheesy" I came up with "two little pricks" as a bit of a joke - their response, "YES!" - and they then refused to listen to ANY further suggestions!
So, there you have it.
The "Twitter" name has been changed also - to @twolittlepricks
You will no longer be able to access the 2kids2pets2pumps.blogspot.com website - effective immediately.
Any email addresses you have for me remain the same.