Today is a special day for me! Do you know why? I’m happy to tell you! On this day, eleven years ago, I left my GBGV parents and my breeder to meet my Mom and fly the coop over to Germany! That morning on Nov. 13, 2006, I had no idea when I woke up that my life was about to change forever.
Mom flew from Germany to London to meet me and take me home with her to St. Peter-Ording, Germany. At the time, Mom was not a blogger, nor a decent photographer, so the photos are often poor quality, or non-existent. We also realized there is not even one photo of me and Mom until I was nine months old! This is the last photo of me in England, shortly before we left for the airport. I could tell something was up, but being exactly nine weeks old, I had no idea about the big world and things that happen. Who knew I would eventually move to the USA and run my own blog?
When I was let out at Heathrow Airport with my new mom I began to howl. I howled and howled and howled. There was so much howling, Mom was afraid they might not let me on the plane, but we boarded, and I fell asleep right after takeoff. No worries, on descent for landing, I started up again. I had to spend the ninety or so minute flight in this black bag under a seat. Talk about scary!
Once we were in a car in Germany, it was another ninety or so minute drive to my new home. We did stop along the way so I could go to the bathroom. I was a good girl and did not go potty in my carrier at all the entire journey. We arrived at my new home early evening. I was about to live in a thatched roof house, oh my! All I could think of was the three little pigs story my GBGV mom often told my siblings and me. I was hoping no one would blow this house down!
I got to see the backyard and it sure looked like fun with lots of space to run and play! Mom also told me the North Sea and ten kilometers of beach were just a couple blocks away. I met the other dog who lived at the house, my new sister Katie, but Katie did not like me and would not have anything to do with me those first days. Once Katie realized I was here to stay we became bff’s.
The first night I was very sad. My new mom seemed nice enough, but I missed the home I knew, my GBGV parents, and my siblings. Since I howled a lot during the night, my new mom didn’t get much sleep.
Having not slept much at all for almost twenty four hours, I was exhausted and did curl up in the cat bed and fall asleep that next day. Can you believe how small I was? Just five pounds was all I weighed!
Mom took a photo of me next to the skunk dog toy to show just how small I really was. It is super hard for even me to believe. I was also very different looking those first months of my life.
No matter how scary it was for me to leave my family in England to go with my new mom, it was really a great thing for me. It didn’t take long for me to settle in and feel at home. Katie came around and loved me, and most of all, my mom loves me. I’ve been so lucky to experience so many things, have so many opportunities, and to have so much love in my life. My mom is the best, and I know she loves me so much. We have been through a lot together and will go through a lot more, but as long as we are together, everything will be fine. Happy Gotcha Day to me! It is truly my special day!
Jan K says
Happy Gotcha Day, Emma!! That’s a lot of excitement for such a little girl, I’m sure scary at the time, but didn’t it all turn out so wonderfully? ♥
It was scary for both me and mom I think, but life has turned out pretty good.
Happy Gotcha Day Emma! Mom is going to figure out my Gotcha Day. It is sometime in June… can you believe she doesn’t know it right off!? That looks like it was quite the journey! Like the movie title: It’s a Wonderful Life, isn’t it Emma! have a great day your doodle friend Dash
Hope she can figure it out! Life never goes as one figures it will, even for us dogs!
Happy gotcha day Emma! We are very glad you & your mom found each other!
Mom and I are pretty lucky to have been matched up!
Ellen Shedlarz says
Love finds love. Happy gotcha day!
Thank you. Lots of love floating around here!
Awwww, what a fun story, and you were so dang cute and little. Happy Gotcha day!!
I was a lot like Madison, 5 lbs, and similar coloring, but we each have developed differently. Life is a story and you never know what the next chapter will be.
My Golden Life says
Happy Gotcha Day, Emma!! You were so tiny! And adorable, of course! Eleven years later you are even more precious to your Mom than you were back then. May you have many more years with your Mom, sisters, and family and friends!! Love from my crew and me! ❤️
Thank you. I’m pretty happy and healthy, so we plan on many more years. I have gotten much more demanding with my years, though, according to my mom.
M. K. Clinton says
Happy Gotcha day, sweetie! I am so thankful that you came to the states so we could fall in love. XXOO Bentley
Life on the North Sea Coast was a lot of fun, but I have so many more things to do in the US. I’m so glad I’m here and have met you!
Sparkle the PBGV says
Happy Gotcha Day! You were a beautiful baby and continue to be a beautiful lady. I rode in one of those containers in a plane too! XOXO, Sparkle
Even though that wasn’t really fun, it was sure better then when I flew over the Atlantic in a crate in the belly of the plane. Now that was scary. Katie and I thought we would never see our mom again!
Happy Gotcha Day from all of us beautiful Emma, you are one special lady!
Thank you my kitty friends!
Edie Chase says
Happy Gotcha Day!!!
That’s a wonderful story. I’m glad that they let you on the plane despite your howling! I bet that your cuteness helped. That happened with a new puppy who I picked up many years ago. She howled all the way through a flight but fortunately her cuteness made everyone smile.
Happy Gotcha Day!!!!
Once the plane is running, you can’t hear anything, but until then, it is loud from howling! Most people didn’t even know where I was on the plane.
Happy Happy Gotcha Day Sweet Emma!!! This story was so beautiful it made my eyes leak!! DakotasDen
It is a pretty neat story and I’m pretty happy about how my life has turned out.
Genevieve Petrillo says
What a great story, E. Happy Gotcha Day. You landed exactly where you need to be!
Love and licks,
What a great way to put it! I am where I need to be.
What a wonderful Gotcha Day story Emma!! We are so glad you and your Mama found each other!
Jakey, Arty & Rosy
Both Mom and I are lucky to have been paired together.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Wowzers, a special day indeed. So glad you mom got you, I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and hear about all your journeys.
On that day, neither Mom nor I had any idea where we were headed! Life can be an amazing ride!
Tails Around the Ranch says
Happy belated Gotcha Day. I loved seeing the photos of you as a little furry tyke. Just like that old Virginia Slims commercial…’you’ve come a long way, baby!’
I sure have come a long way and I wonder where life will take me in the future?
Jess & Mini says
That lest pic with you and your mom is so beautiful!
Thank you. We’ve done professional photos a few times and it is always worth it.