Αντίο Joanna!

Last week we said “goodbye” to Joanna.

Joanna has been our dog walker every week for the last four years.

Come rain

Or shine

Whenever Mum needed me to go walking, off we went with our friends –

There were always treats for us.

George would sometimes come with us

but he could not be trusted so he was always kept on a lead!

On occasions, he ran off!!!!

Even Charlie would come along whenever he stayed over at ours.

And then Joanna told us she was going home to Athens … Noooooo!!!! How can that be? Why is she leaving us?

Joanna spent her last night in London with the hoomans and their doggies whom she took care of week after week. We gathered to say good bye –

She was leaving the next morning at 9am but we spent the last evening together and she took us all for our last walk.

It was all very emotional saying goodbye to a constant in our lives.

And on top of all that, Joanna bought us each a present. She gave us a pendant –

It had our names on it and the words –

“You left paw prints on my heart”

The hoomans all definitely shed a tear.

Αντίο και καλή τύχη μέχρι να συναντηθούμε και πάλι – goodbye and good luck till we meet again.

P.S. I think we might be going to visit her. 🙂

May’s comment: Joanna and her friends and sister were a constant in our lives. We saw them on a weekly basis. Sometimes she took care of Darcy and George the days when I was away. Regardless of the weather, she was there whenever we needed her. She didn’t just take care of them – she loved them like they were her own. George drove her mad sometimes when he wouldn’t come back – so he was soon always on a long lead but she never ever refused to take him whenever he wanted to go.

She loved the dogs. And I completely trusted her with them. On one of my trips away, she brought Darcy to the airport to meet me on arrival.

We will miss Joanna.

Her sister Lorena is taking over along with Dawid, whom we also know well. And we gave Joanna a task. Find us dog friendly hotels in Athens and figure out how to get there by train (besides via Serbia) – because we will definitely be going to visit.

So good luck, Joanna. We know it is not a final goodbye. I am so sure we will see you again in Greece or whenever you’re back to visit. And massive thank you for all the times you took care of my two pooches.

4 Comments

  1. Alex

    Couldn’t have written it better May!!

  2. Alison Wood

    So sad.
    Am looking forward to finding out how to get to Athens, I’d love to take Ivy and Jet there too

  3. Jill Keiser

    What beautiful individualized gifts she gave each doggie! How they will miss her!

  4. HILARY P. WELLS

    Beautiful photos. Sorry to hear that Joanna has left, but happy for you that you have your friends Lorena and Dawid to walk Miss Darcy and George. The gifts Joanna bought for the leaving presents are beautiful, so very touching. I imagine you are busy now planning your trip to Athens, I look forward to reading about the new adventures and the reunion with Joanna.

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