Eleven years ago last week, I was moving to the USA from Germany! Life changed drastically with the move. I had a devil of a time with the seven hour time difference for about a week, and everything was different, but I’m happy Mom made the move. Germany was great, but I think my life is much better life over here.
The day I turned nine weeks old, I took my Pet Passport, and boarded a plane with my new Mom to Germany. I had no idea I would be boarding another plane eight months later to the USA. On that July day in 2007, me, Katie, and two of the three kitties were off on the biggest adventure of our lives. We drove from our home on the North Sea Coast all the way to Amsterdam. Mom would only fly with us on a non-stop flight. Once we landed in Chicago, Gramma and my uncle picked us up at the airport. We drove seven hours from the airport to Gramma’s house in Minnesota. In that one day, I covered five countries, and three states!
Katie and I were each in our own kennels in the belly of the KLM 747, our kitty Boo was also in cargo in a kennel. Biene was lucky and got to fly under the seat in front of Mom in the cabin. Unfortunately, Mom was not a blogger at the time, so we don’t have many photos, and the ones we have are from a cheap point and shoot camera. Her phone didn’t even have a camera at the time. How crazy things were back then!
When we first moved to the US, we stayed with Gramma for four months until we found our new house. We shipped a few pallets of boxes with our stuff from Germany to the US, and kept it in Gramma’s garage. On the day of our move, we loaded up the truck, and headed for our new house. You can see, I was not thrilled to get into that truck! I was content to keep living at Gramma’s house.
We left our thatched roof house in Germany. It was cozy, pretty, a block from the beach on the North Sea, and it had a huge backyard for Katie and I to romp in. Mom always said it was too small, and she didn’t like the low ceilings.
Our new house would have lots of room for us, and a nice fenced yard. Mom snapped this photo before we moved in. We used to drive by a few times a week to look at it before we closed. Probably one of the best things about living in Minnesota is the squirrels. Germany doesn’t have many of them.
Katie and I were real beach bums. We were at the beach pretty much daily and loved it. Swimming was fun, and we had so much room to run and play, the beach was twelve kilometers, almost seven miles long and super wide too. The beach is probably the only thing we really missed when we moved.
Beaches in Minnesota are not quite the same as the ones on the North Sea, and the water is not salt water. I’ve come to like the water here, but the beaches are still pretty poor in comparison.
I’m a truly blessed dog to have had so many experiences in my eleven years of life. Seeing Europe was nice, but the USA has given me so many opportunities! Moving to the USA is the best thing that could have happened to me! I still proudly carry my Pet Passport from the UK, with stamps from my time in Germany, but I feel like a real American pup! With Katie being gone, Mom and I are the only ones in the family who can share out Germany memories which is a special thing for us.