I could be writing about Pie or Pi(e) since today is Pi(e) Day as in 3.14. But, I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to tell you about my trip to get Greta!
After a spending the night with some dear friends in Seattle early last month, I hopped on the mid-day flight to Chicago.
I traveled light:
- A day-pack with a change of clothes, toothbrush and warm outerwear
- Puget Sound oysters and T-shirts from Taylor Shellfish (my day-job)
- And, the hopes and dreams in great anticipation of meeting a soon-to-be new four-legged friend, Greta.
My reading material for the trip was John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charlie”. Very appropriate for this journey, I think. If you haven’t read it, you’re in for a treat!
When I arrived in Chicago it was a chilly 12 degrees. Brrrrr! I could feel it as soon as I set foot out onto the jetway after being in a warm cabin. I pulled my hat, gloves and scarf out of my pack and followed the arrows for the exit to the baggage area. Annie and Michael were hovering in their car waiting for me. I hopped in and off we went.
We went straight to their house, chatting all the way. I couldn’t wait to get there to meet her. And, then I did.
Michael brought Greta up on her leash. I sat down on the floor and it was love at first sight. She climbed up into my lap and gave me the sweetest puppy kisses EVER!
Over the course of the next two days, we were literally tethered together. Everywhere I went, she was by my side. Michael and Annie said that this would be the best way for Greta to get totally attached to me… and me to her, too. Eating, sleeping, brushing my teeth (and hers), chatting in the kitchen. You name it, we did it together. “Me” had once again become “We”.
By the time I left on that Sunday to fly back to Seattle with her, she was gazing at me with her big brown almond shape eyes, which of course I think are absolutely adorable, and letting me know that she and I are indeed now a pair.
She flew right in the cabin with me, tucking herself under the seat in front of me, and fell asleep almost immediately at my feet. She woke up twice to turn around and settled right back down for some more zzz’s. This girl really knows how to travel and to sleep both on the road and at home.
We’ve been home for a bit over a month now and I simply cannot imagine life without her. Annie gives me training tips via text messages. And, I know that when next they come to visit at Pie Cottage, they will see for themselves, just how perfect we are for each other.
On a very personal note, this Fall and Winter have been very hard for me. I experienced loss that affected me deeply sending me into a time of great retrospection as well as introspection. Greta has been a blessing each day. She plops her head down on the side of the bed every morning, licks my hand and wags her tail with a big “I love you wag”. Oh and let’s not forget her ears which are ever so soft! This girl always brings a smile to my face.
I hope to find more balance as we turn towards the sun and that all who have experienced the sudden and unexpected loss of deeply loved ones will be able to find peace and understanding, too.