Five years ago tonight, I went to bed thinking – my life is going to change tomorrow.
That’s what I had expected but had no idea how much your being in my life would change me. And you sure did.
Five years ago tomorrow, you arrived a bundle of fur – so curious about the world.
Me? I was stunned into inaction as you scurried past me at the front door. There was no greeting then – you didn’t know who I was. You were more curious about this new place. You ran around so fast checking every room. I didn’t even know that you had pee’d on my silk rug, until I was told. I stood looking at the wet spot until Tracey told me to get some kitchen towel. I came back with one piece. Tracey laughed and said, “Bring the whole roll!”
This is what you looked like when you walked into the flat …And Sasha was there to greet you too. He was into chewing things then as he chewed your brand new lead before you did.
Over the coming months, I had to put up a baby’s gate to curb your movement, and my home was starting to be infiltrated with all sorts of things dog-related!You grew very quickly and became rather shaggy!!!And debated if I liked you long or short.
Well, we know the outcome.
I soon developed separation anxiety. I think you were better at it than I was but then you were always excited to see me no matter what.
No one has ever made me feel as wanted as you have (maybe Charlie!)
I hated leaving you at home. I decided I was going to take you everywhere I went – as much as I could. And so our adventures began.
And we found many!
Next, the travels began.
There was no way I was leaving you behind for our first Christmas – so we found a way to take our first trip abroad.
To get to Dusseldorf we took a train, a ferry, another train and more trains!!!! And then all the way back the same way. You were just a puppy then and it was incredibly difficult with you chasing after everything that moved, while I was rolling along bags of Christmas presents and winter wear!But we made it. And since then we have done more crazy things! LOL!
Like going on a bus tour in Malta! Even I had to laugh at myself for doing this!
But our travels were not just going to places for holidays. There were trips that we took so we could write new chapters together.
I wanted to re-create memories of places where I had lived – with you. Maybe it was to replace some of them, to show that I have moved on, or simply to add another chapter to those places …(At The Duomo, Milano)
The memories of the time I lived in Paris are in abundance. But because we’ve been there together numerous times, you are now part of those many memories. I’ve taken you to all our favourite hang-outs and you are now a part of the landscape.
The same goes with Dusseldorf. I loved walking with you through those neighbourhoods where I once walked when I was younger and at a different time of my life. (Missing Dusseldorf photos!!!)
Like the time when I was saying goodbye to New York City. Leaving behind memories in a beautiful apartment that was my home for ten years was emotional. I was grateful that I had you to share those last moments with.
And thank you for being with me when I finally set sail to go “home” …If not for you, I might have been dwelling on all the sadness, but because I was looking forward to visiting you at the kennels on the Queen Mary 2 at every visiting hour, I had no time to think about me and my woes. 🙂Five years later, I go to bed expecting you to be snuggled up next to me in my pristine white bed linens. My home is now complete with scattered toys especially a lovingly nibbled teddy.
So, Miss D, we shall journey together for as long as we can – making the most of what life may bring our way.I am grateful that tonight five years ago was the last night I went to bed not understanding the joy of having you in my life.Everyday since then I have missed you when I was away and I love you for all your kookiness, your aloofness, your cuteness and your absolute prettiness. I also love being able to tell you all my secrets because I know you wouldn’t tell anyone else – not even George! And I also love that you’ve changed me.
They say people don’t change. Well, maybe not totally, but you helped to bring out the goodness that was within me. I have learnt to love more, to care more and to see the world differently all because a little dog loved me and wanted to be loved back.
Tomorrow will always be the day I am thankful for you coming into my life.