|Steve Martin and Chevy Chase had nuttin' on these two amigos.|
|Best pillow ever...|
|Who needs pricey toys when you can lug a stinky sneaker around?|
Often times people would ask us how it worked with having dogs and living overseas. Did we leave them at home with family? Did they fly with us? Was flying hard for them? Fortunately for us, they LOVED to travel. As soon as the luggage came out of that closet, they were on, cue the circus music. We had to to put off packing always until the last minute since it seemed to get them so excited that things would mysteriously get shredded or chewed up cause they couldn't help themselves. And don't get me started on having to spell things out since many of our sayings got them in a tizzy ( cheese, car, airplane, go for a ride in the car, go for a walk, pretty much' go for' ...anything). In almost the 10 years of them flying, some cross country and most to France, we didn't have 1 problem. The closest thing to a problem was when Bella's zipper on her kennel broke mid flight ( and she finally realized it), she decided to take a tour of the first class cabin while I slept. After that, she never looked at me the same, she knew there were better things out there and we were holding her back.
|Both in 1 soft kennel ready to go to France even though they had their own.|
By now, word has spread to most of our friends over here in Europe that the dogs are no longer around but in the beginning of this year, Shaun fielded questions in this order.
1-"Hey man (yes, they use man over here too), how was your summer?"
2-"How's Nikki doing?"
3-"How's Max and Bella?"
.........hate to admit, sometimes (often) 3 came before 2.
Even though you would think it may have stung a little to have to tell people over and over they were gone, it also made us realize that they not only touched our lives, but the lives of those who knew us. We both want another dog and I am pretty sure either one of us could be persuaded today to get one by the other. But we have made a pact to at least see this year out with out a dog and see how it goes and then we can re-evaluate after the year is over. I am sure we will eventually get another one, or two, but we are leaning on maybe waiting until the European life is over and we are back in the States. Until then, Dolly, our neighbors dog, will have to do.
|A hint of disgust in his eyes.....|
|Doing her best 'Puss n' boots' impersonation|
|Another Christmas gift...he peed on it pretty shortly thereafter, point taken.|
|They never met a camera they didn't like.|
|Max's and Shaun's favorite nap time snuggler.|
|No matter how much we tried, he couldn't figure out how to hold that toy the right way.|
|Imagine that tan line...|