What’s the point of running a pet travel website if you don’t have a pet? That’s the question that has plagued us since Ty and Buster’s deaths. But still, we weren’t ready to take the plunge.
Release to move on
Life moves in cycles and in every way we have been in a time of loss. After 10 years of traveling full time with our dogs, living our best lives together and writing a book about our adventures, things took a turn.
The first Ty passed away in September. Then my grandma and Buster left us in January. In March, a dear friend died of cancer. And finally, four weeks ago, this global crisis affected all of our lives.
Plans were canceled and future trips put on hold. The efforts I had made to get myself up were wasted. I was stuck. Sitting on in grief was what was left.
But grief and I have been companions for a while, and I’ve learned a bit. At first it shakes you to the core – taking the joy and meaning out of everything, including the basics like food. This is when most people step out and are desperate for a way back to their old lives — or get as close as they can get.
I am not blaming you.
However, if you stick with it, grief also brings gifts. In the grip of grief we can see how little attention we have given to the things that really matter to us. Times slow down, allowing us to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the past and be filled with appreciation for the blessings we still have. It’s an awakening that gives us the pause we need to imagine a new version of ourselves and a different approach to life.
There I was – just beginning to feel a shift in the weight I had been suffering from. After months of feeling all was lost, I had begun to contemplate the blank slate in front of me, ready to use those lessons and create a better future.
Just as I was coming to this conclusion, the craziest thing happened! I looked up and saw one of our neighbors walking his dogs.
He was right in front of our RV, dancing around like he was trying to keep another dog away from his two puppies. I went out to see if I could help and found a stray puppy trying to play with his dogs. He picked the little guy up, immediately calmed down and rested his chin on mine Shoulder.
As he was not wearing a collar or tag we took him to the vet to see if he was microchipped. He does not do it. And he didn’t fit the description of lost dog reports.
He had a pretty bad case of fleas, was a bit skinny and had worms, but otherwise seemed healthy. So we invited him to stay with us. Of course, every dog needs something to do! We have agreed that he will be our new Paw-blick relationship specialist.
Dog Working Skills
So far, the little guy has achieved the best marks you would expect in all areas. He’s very good at entertaining his colleagues, excels at snacking in his cube, and leads the pack when it comes to sleeping while on the job.
He’s got some big dog shoes to fill but we’re confident he’ll be great and bring his own shine to his job and the business. To new beginnings!
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