A Journey I Never Imagined

When I first met you, I never realised how much you would end up meaning to me.”

Eight years ago today I scampered past the front door and into our flat – fresh from leaving my doggy mum to meeting my hooman Mum.

Me, a pup, arriving in London to meet Mum.

Well, Mum wasn’t completely overjoyed to meet me. She kept me behind a puppy gate in the kitchen because she was afraid I would destroy things in her flat. Well, I did chew on one Ugg boot and gutted all my toys. I annoyed her when I didn’t walk properly on the leash. She didn’t like me waking her up in the early mornings when I needed to go to the toilet.

Then one day someone took me away. I didn’t look back when I left because I didn’t know I wouldn’t be seeing Mum for awhile. To be exact – for two weeks. Then one day, the person I was staying with took me back to that place I had thought was my home. I was at the front door when I heard a familiar voice behind me. It was Mum! But something has changed. She took my leash from the other person and she picked me up and hugged me.

It was a good thing that we were apart because they say absence makes the heart grow fonder. From that point on, we became – “just the two of us.”

She couldn’t get enough of me. She wanted me on her bed. She wanted me to sit by her feet when she was working. She took me with her everywhere.

And so I went on tubes, buses, lots of taxis, trains, planes and boats – just because you needed me with you.

She said she had separation anxiety.

Mum, I would be happy anywhere in the world as long as I am with you. I needn’t travel far – I just needed to be by your side. But you needed me. And I happily obliged.

So Mum, this day eight years ago was the first day of the rest of my life. I left my doggy mum to a life with you. It took you a bit of time but you quickly then became a “Dog Mum.”

Drinking to us.

May’s comment: “When I first met you, I never realised how much you would end up meaning to me.”

Our meeting wasn’t love at first sight. I was overwhelmed. I got Darcy for all the wrong reasons – to please another and possibly fill a gap at that time of my life.

We didn’t get off to a good start because she interrupted my daily routine. She didn’t do what I wanted her to do. I was overwhelmed with the responsibility and my loss of independence. Yup, I considered giving her away.

I needed a break. I left her and went away so I could have space to make a decision on what to do when I returned. But the funny thing was, I found myself thinking about Darcy every waking moment the two weeks I wanted to be alone. I spoke about her to everyone I met. I had fallen in love – in a way I didn’t know how.

So eight years on, we have travelled along life’s journey. We’ve had conversations.

You’re a good listener.

We’ve had quiet moments.

We followed dreams …

And she taught me and gave me so much … the best of it was opening up my closed heart. Happy Gotcha Day, Darcy. What would I be without you and George.

Today and for years to come, we reflect on our life together.

This is #mentalhealthweek – and acknowledging the power of pets. Darcy teaches me to look beyond myself, my own fears, my own worries to focus on another. When she is with me, I stop fretting about me.

12 Comments

  1. Alison Wood

    Such a beautiful post

  2. Maureen Dell

    Happy Gotcha Day gorgeous Darcy ♥️

  3. Liz Burman

    Happy Gotcha Day dear Darcy and May🐾❤️

  4. Cheryl and Susie

    Happy Gotcha day, Darcy and May not forgetting gorgeous George,

  5. Jill Keiser

    Glad you got Darcy when you did and started your blog to share her with us all!

  6. Maria Wheeler

    Brought tears to my eyes. Such a great story

  7. Rita and Gracie

    Happy 8th Gotcha day Darcy, Gracie is 7yrs old today too so 16th May is special for us as well. 🎂🎉🎁🎀. Xx

  8. Peter James

    Happy Gotcha day Darcy and May. They bring so much love x

  9. Cheryl

    Happy Gotcha Day! I’m so glad you found each other, and that you share your adventures with us!

  10. Arlene. Dookwah

    I wanted molly. But when I did get her I was afraid. But with time we got through it. I can’t imagine my life without her.

  11. MARGARET DANKS

    What a beautiful post and it actually made me weep. I’m positive every single person reading your blog can relate to the love we give and receive. I think it transcends human love because you know it is given unconditionally. Here’s to the next 8 years. 🥂🐾❤️🍾🍗🥩

  12. Alison Mullett

    I was in tears reading this. I too had a bit of a wobble when I got my Cockapoo. My life had changed enormously and I was depressed, lost and confused. I had forgotten how demanding a puppy could be. But 7 years later she’s my constant companion and I’d be lost without her.

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