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.
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.
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!)