Got out of bed one morning to find everything ouside white. I guess this is what they call snow. Katie and I went out in it – weird stuff and it is edible too. Katie said it was just a light dusting, no big deal. She spent her first 2 years of life in southern Germany in the Allgäu where they had cold winters and several feet of the white stuff. Here in St. Peter-Ording our temps never went far below freezing and a dusting of snow was enough to close schools and businesses. Little did I know that I would be moving to Minnesota and my next winter would be a good 4 months long with temperatures down to -20 Fahrenheit and many feet of snow. This little dusting was really nothing!
It only really took me a few days to realize that ending up in my new home with my new family was kind of like hitting the jackpot. I had my new mom wrapped around my little paws and after about a week Katie decided to accept me – we became sisters, best friends and she functioned as my body guard. It was all working out great. Seriously, it was like a dream living across the street from the North Sea, I could go to the beach every day and swim, roll in the sand and get all dirty. Most of the area along the dike was ideal for dogs going off leash which was also so much fun.
I did realize that I had one problem and that was that I was way too attached to my mom and Katie. We walked at least 2 hours a day just about every day. I would get carried on and off since I was too young to walk so much and it was not good for my growing body. I was not allowed to jump in and out of the car or take the stairs until I was almost a year old just to make sure that nothing happened to my long back or my joints. To this day I don’t do much jumping, I let mom lift me – why not if she is silly enough to do it! One day when we were walking Katie just took off on us. I could not keep up with her so I ran back to mom and I was howling like crazy. I did not like the fact that Katie was gone. We had to wait about half an hour for her to come back to us. I was so sad and just could not stop howling until she was back. sometimes in the morning my mom would go out jogging either alone or with Katie which also made me so sad. It did not matter to me if someone was home with me or if I was alone, I would howl non-stop until she came back. I just like to be with mom and Katie all the time! When I am sad I just howl and I still do. I have never been a destructive dog. Some dogs can’t be alone because they tear up the house but not me, I just cry until mom comes back.
I also learned that Katie really cared about me. St. Peter-Ording, the resort town we lived in, had so many dogs on vacation with their owners and we would all run loose and play on the dike or on the beach. Katie always watched over me and if strange dogs would get too rough with me she would put her paw around my front shoulders and pull me right under her belly to show the other dog that I belonged to her and they better leave me alone. To this day she protects me, all I have to do is give the signal and she is Johhny on the spot to help me out of any predicament. I am kind of a devil too, I like to go racing and barking up to a dog like a Rottweiler and then the moment he starts to come at me I race back to Katie and hide behind her – the job of a little sister I guess.
Katie and I really bonded. We wrestled, played chase, napped together, did just about everything together and 5 years later we still do.
After spending almost a week getting adjusted to my new life it was time to go to work at Schneider Immobilien, GmbH. My big sister Katie had been going to work since she was 9 weeks old and just loved it so I figured it must be a fun thing. Wrong! A few hours or maybe a day and that was plenty for me, talk about boring! I wanted to go out and play, explore, etc. We did go for an hour walk at lunchtime, usually over the bridge and out to the beach, but that just did not cut it for me. I could not walk that long so mom carried me on and off and Katie walked, usually out to the beach which was so much fun but then we had to go back to work. So, when I realized that working was not for me I had to get myself fired. I started by acting like I had to go poddy all the time which forced mom to keep taking me outside and once out I refused to go back in. Then I discovered the water bowl – let the fun begin. The bowl had a lip on it so when everyone was busy I would sneak into the backroom, pick up the bowl and dump out all the water and then romp around in the wet mess until I got caught. I did this for a few days until they bought a waterbowl that I could not grab onto to tip over. I also made it my job to empty the trash can in the bathroom and chew on my findings. The last straw was when mom had a client coming to the office. She took Katie and I out to go to the bathroom before the appointment and what happened? My big sister stood right over me and just peed! Oh boy was that bad. My little white back looked like a kid had colored it with a yellow highlighter. Mom went through the roof with anger at Katie and then had to figure out what to do with me while she had her meeting. After this day I did not work full time anymore. Sometimes I would go to the office for a few hours but mostly mom worked from home or just left us home when she had to go to the office.
It was later in the day when we got to my new home so we did not have a lot of time to do anything but get ready for bed. It was my first night away from my doggie family and I was really sad. I cried a lot in my bed, wanting to go back to England but my new mom seemed to really care about me and tried her best to consol me. Mom does not like crates so I had a nice bed right next to her side of her bed so she would know if I needed to go out. I did need to go out a few times. It was very windy at my new home and in the dark I was trying to find a place to pee when the wind took one of my poor ears and wrapped it around a rose bush stem. I started howling as it hurt so bad and mom could not see to get my ear free in the dark. Oh what a mess! Finally we got the ear free only to have the other one wrap around another thorny stem. We both learned to stay away from the rose bushes after that.