A few years ago, professional circumstances meant that I had to relocate to Spain. The challenge of moving to another country was much better than I expected. Moving house involved so many unforeseen issues which I solved step by step. But one thing that I do remember being particularly difficult for me and my only family here was the issue of my pet. Let me tell you all about it.
Moving country was fairly easy as I didn’t have a conventional family, I only had Mause, my dog which, for the time being, is my only family. I remember him once waking me up in the middle of the night because he was very agitated and coming to my bedside. I thought this was quite odd and it started to worry me. It was three in the morning and I was completely alone in a country which was still unknown for me. I had no friends, or even acquaintances who I could call and ask for a help in an emergency.
I had Internet access so I started looking for the best vets in Barcelona. I searched and searched but I was overwhelmed with doubt as I did not know any of them and was struggling to put my faith in a few lines of text which anyone could write in an online review. Looking for the best vet in Barcelona, Madrid or any other major city is by no means straightforward if you don’t have friends to offer advice, after all, you can’t take risks with your pet’s health.
I was extremely anxious and had no idea what to do. My dog Mause seemed to be deteriorating and I felt like I was running out of time. Suddenly something popped into my mind that I’ll never forget. When I opened a bank account in Spain with HolaBank I remember the advisor telling me that, as a client, I could take advantage of a whole range of services which were perfect for expats. And now I needed help. So I immediately started searching the HolaBank website for those services and discovered that I had access to Plan Living Solutions, a bundle of services designed to help expat life in Spain run smoothly. And that’s when it hit me… eureka! They had an online vet service!!! A service which was available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day was there ready and waiting. So, I grabbed my phone and started Mause’s consultation. Having assessed the symptoms they calmed me down and I realised that it was something much less serious. I could then stop worrying and, just a few hours later once I saw that everything was fine, I could get some sleep and finally relax.
There are times when a vague memory of something someone told you turns out to be the solution for a challenging moment in your life. And that’s what happened to me that day.