my luxury street cats are making yerida on a private jet
Wow how they have come up in the world!
In the next two weeks you will probably hear more than you ever wanted to about the Great Cat Transport from Bnei Brak to Austin, Texas. Provided, with everything I have to do, that I’ve got time to spit much less write. Here, in a nutshell is the deal:
In two weeks me, Ronen and 16 of my cats, along with the incredibly generous and wonderful woman (and her sweet little dog) who has offered us transport on the 15 person private jet she had chartered originally just for herself and her pooch, will be hitting the friendly skies. The cats will not be flying in cargo but actually on the plane, taking up the passenger seats we three are not in, the extra stewardess jump seats and a quiet one will even go in the pilot’s cabin.
We will fly first to Greenland to refuel and change pilots and then on to Scottsdale, Arizona. That is where the luxury part of the trip will end and a most likely hellish 17 hour road trip in a U Haul truck will begin.
I spent 5 hours today with Ronen ironing out the details and we still have the “getting from Arizona to Austin” part of the details to work out and a ton of stuff to do still.
Here is the sweetest part of it. When Ronen called me on Sunday to tell me a mystery elderly benefactress had offered to transport him to a conference, as she was also returning then, and she was willing to bring along my horde of cats. At first, he thought we might could bring 8 or 10 but after he talked to her again she was like, no, no bring them all!! Almost all will go — only 4 will still be here with me because of medical needs. Ronen and I have had about 40 rushed phone calls trying to work out details since then and I just got a vague “I talked to her about your cats and she said to bring them along.” BUT until just two hours ago I had no idea who this mystery benefactress was.
I was like, so Ronen, who is this wonderful woman and how did all this unfold? Well, she knows you, he said. She WHAT? I know her? Who is she?!
This is how it all went down. She is a client of his and when he mentioned in passing that he was going to a conference in Las Vegas soon she said her return date was close to when he would be traveling and offered to take him most of the way on the private jet she had hired. He asked, in passing, how much it costs to rent a private jet and said he was asking for a rescuer he has known for a decade who is trying to figure out how to transport her horde of kitties to the States and that maybe renting a private plane would be a less expensive option than what we’ve currently come up with. (For the record, no renting a private jet is not cheaper. Think $200,000 one way). She wanted to know more about the rescuer. So he told her how I had basically fed the cats of north Tel Aviv for years until I moved to Bnei Brak and had personally paid for several hundred to be spayed and neutered and others to be vetted when in need.
Where in North Tel Aviv?, she wanted to know. Well Dizengoff, Yermiyahu….Does she have long blond hair? Ahh yes, she does. You don’t mean Yaeli do you? You know her? Yep we used to talk a lot of evenings when she was out with her dog and I was out feeding the critters. Then on the bus ride home I realized that hey, I was the one who suggested she take her dog to Ronen because he is the best vet ever. What comes around, goes around and in this case was came around is an incredibly generous and wonderful gift for these 16 little cats!!