What’s the point of running a pet travel website if you don’t have a pet? That’s the question that’s been plaguing us ever since Ty and Buster passed away. But still, we just weren’t ready to take the plunge.
Let go to move forward
Life moves in cycles and by any measure we have been through a period 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 have changed.
The first Ty died in September. Then my grandmother and Buster left us in January. In March, a very dear friend died of cancer. And finally, four weeks ago, this global crisis swept away our way of life.
Plans were canceled and future trips were put on hold. The efforts I had made to get up were shattered. I was stuck. Continuing to sit in grief was what was left.
But grief and I have been mates for a while now, and I’ve learned quite a bit. First it shakes you to the core – takes the joy and meaning out of everything, including the basics like eating. This is when most people flee, desperate to get back to their old life – or as close to it as possible.
I don’t blame them.
However, if you stick with it, grief also brings gifts. In the grip of grief, we can see how little attention we have paid 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 a wake-up call, providing the break we need to consider a new version of ourselves and a different way of approaching life.
That’s where I was – I was just beginning to feel a change in the weight I was under. After months of feeling all that was lost, I had begun to gaze at the blank slate before me, ready to use those lessons and create a better future.
Just when I was coming to this conclusion, the craziest thing happened! I looked up to see one of our neighbors walking his dogs.
He was right in front of our RV, dancing like he was trying to get another dog away from his two puppies. I went outside to see if I could help and found a stray puppy trying to play with his dogs. Picking up the little guy, he calmed down and rested his chin on my shoulder.
Since he was not wearing a collar or tag, we took him to the vet to see if he had a microchip. He doesn’t. And he didn’t fit the description of the lost dog reports.
He had a very bad case of fleas, was a bit thin and had worms, but otherwise he seemed healthy. So we invited him to live with us. Of course, every dog needs a job! We have agreed that he will be our new Paw-blick relationship specialist.
professional dog skills
So far, the little guy scores high in every area you’d expect. He is very good at entertaining his colleagues, excels at snacking in his cube, and leads the pack to sleep at work.
He’s got some big dog shoes to fill, but we’re confident he’ll be great and bring his own twist to his job and the company. It’s time for a new start!
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