@Annie Kate and her wonderful story of Rex and how pets touch our lives and leave behind those amazing stories and a piece of their heart reminded me of all the past dogs we have had. So many dogs, but all leave a memory and some you could write books about.
I lost my Annie this fall. She developed Diabetes in early July and then it was one issue after another. She declined in health so fast. I am lucky to have a vet that uses herbal healing but she was old and her time was coming to an end. My goal was to keep her happy and do whatever had to be done when ever.
But in September I had to make an emergency run to Georgia to cover a family issue. My mom was going to my brothers and I had people and a back up (always a good idea) to take care of my animals. But there was Annie who needed extra care. She could not go to a kennel - it would break her heart and probably make her sicker. She could not go to my brothers with her issues, so she went to Georgia with me!
As far as I know, she was a rescue dog, she had never had a 17 hour trip in a car. I was going to stay over night and broke down the driving times so she could have a rest ever two to three hours but how she would handle it would be a surprise. My mom asked me what I would do if Annie did not do well, my response was I would deal with it then.
So at 7 pm we get in the car and we are off! Annie was so excited. I have not seen her so active and happy in a bit. I drove to 1 am with dog breaks and finally stopped at a hotel that allowed dogs. The next morning we were off at 7 am and Annie was still excited. She loved semis! She had to keep an eye on the traffic and never lost interest in what was going on.
The trip had its adventures. We had to pull over for bad weather and I got caught in a off ramp accident and we sat there for an hour. But we finally hit the Ga border.
Annie was going to stay at my cousins in a fence but it was not in good shape so she ended up with me at my other cousins. ( I am related to half of Ga)
But in all adventures there is always "a story". The GPS took me to the wrong address. I arrived at 5 am and took the dog for a walk. I left the cell phone in the car and locked it up. I got lost, had the wrong address so could not find the place or my car and was in a very bad part of town - a very bad part! After hours of going around in circles I found a church with a preacher and he called the police for me.
To make a long story short. Annie and I rode in a police car to look for my car (hoping it had not been stolen - yes it was that bad of a neighborhood.) By comparing my cousins address I wanted to where I was the police officer figured out where the car might be and we found it. I was so tired she lead my to my cousins and I followed.
I am probably one of the few people who's dog rode in a police car. The seat was a slippery hard plastic so its best not to have this adventure!
Annie also loved sidewalks, I took her out for a walk every 1 to 1 1/2 hours. And we were lucky and near a nursery so had all the pretty flowers and shrubs to look at.
I am glad I had this time with Annie, just the two of us. I am glad she saw new people and places. And I had to put her down for her own well being in October.