After the loss of Alice, David and I decided when we got a house with a yard we would adopt another dog. We started looking while we were in Seattle. I filled out applications at different rescues. David had done research on Great Pyrenees and thought one would fit into our family great.
We got approved by several rescues but by that time the female dogs we wanted were gone. Then Lee called from Operation Paws for Homes to talk to us. We were approved but once again the female dog we wanted was gone. She told us about Sweetheart Harrison who tested positive for heart worm and would not available until March 12th. We got back from Seattle March 10th. She told us that he was very sweet but no one wanted him because of his size. We thought about it for about 1 minute. Then we said we want him. We started talking to the foster Mom, Becky, she told us all she knew about Harrison. She was sending us photos of him. We were starting to love him before we met him. It was decided that we would pick him up on Friday, March 13th. This day will always be lucky to us.
Harrison was in Virginia. Becky told us she would meet us halfway. We met in Maryland.
I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.
My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots. We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church. We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked. I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them. Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER. She has been sick for a while and finally went in. So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her. We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid. He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home. Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital. We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days. She is starting to stress, we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it. We tell her she needs to just worry about herself. We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house. She was going to send her daughter $100. We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.
Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account. The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash. Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash. The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering. I am sorry but I had to laugh.
Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40. Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food. Now we have to find the leashes. They are supposed to be in a hall closet. We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes. She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August. OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries. Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them. They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok. I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again. Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”
Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.