Overnight Outing

The day they picked up Tag, someone made a comment in conversation about Tag sleeping in the bed with them again and Bill said, "No way!"  See how long that lasted?!

The day they picked up Tag, someone made a comment in conversation about him sleeping in the bed with them again and Bill said, “No way!”  See how long that lasted?!

Yesterday, I left Charcoal all alone and went for my first overnight outing in Ecuador.  I didn’t go far – just 10 minutes up the road to stay the night with Bill and Elaine in their new house!  But it was so fun to get to just “hang” with them again for 24 hours.  I caught the bus going that way, was dropped off at the front gate and walked the distance (about halfway deep into their large development) to their house.  As I approached from down the road, Elaine walked out onto their front porch and I called out to her.  The next thing I knew, Tag came bounding around the corner and nearly tackled me, giving his best attempt at puppy hugs and kisses!  I was then excitedly escorted to the front door.  It was such a warm moment for me – to know that although Tag is back where he belongs with Bill and Elaine, being a spoiled inside dog again, he not only hasn’t forgotten me, but even in this different environment than he is used to seeing me (each morning on the beach) he knew and was thrilled to see me.

Bill & Elaine's festive Christmas tree (the star was on her tree as a child)

Bill & Elaine’s festive Christmas tree (the star was on her tree as a child)

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening catching up, looking at various pictures, FaceTiming with our friend Robert in Belgium, eating a wonderful meal (both Bill and Elaine are great cooks!) and just generally enjoying being together again.

Tag was beyond overjoyed to have all "his people" together for his morning beach romp.

Tag was beyond overjoyed to have all “his people” together for his morning beach romp.

This morning, after a scrumptious breakfast, we decided to walk Tag down to the beach.  The excitement and antics he displayed when he realized that all three of “his people” were going to take him for a morning beach romp was a sight to see!  (I believe there is something special to be learned from our pets and how their highest joy seems to be the relational time they spend with us).  I showed them some of the beach games I played with him while they were gone, including finding a homeless sandal, which is his most favorite beach toy.

Before I headed home, we rounded out the day by playing our favorite card game that has provided hours of fun entertainment for us in the past (and I won!)

My little beach buddy - who couldn't love that face?!  (By the way, it's his first Christmas!)

My little beach buddy – who couldn’t love that face?!  (By the way, it’s his first Christmas!)

3 thoughts on “Overnight Outing

    • She was glad to see me, but seemed to have survived the “dark night” unscathed. It appears she has really become quite the watch cat – her window seat is her constant spot – especially at night!

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