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!