This will be old news for Facebook folks, but for those who don’t do Facebook, here’s a quick rehash of the last few days!
I can’t believe it’s almost been a week since we left the island for home! We spent Saturday night in Richmond KY, Sunday night with Jason in Atlanta, and Monday morning – bright and early – we were at Bearabella Golden Retrievers in Sparksburg GA to pick up Bodie!
“We’re getting a what?”
Bodie is beautiful. He’s also big for a 6 1/2-month-old puppy. Although a lot of folks who see him – and who knew Bear – say how much alike they look – to me their faces are totally different. Bodie is also a darker blonde. His breeder says his face will change and his forehead will get broader.
I love him just as he is, and I’m loving that black “treat spot” right in the middle of the front of his tongue!
It was an easy trip home. I rode in the back with Bodie, and Maddie soon joined us. One of many sweet pics to come of the two of them together.
The first full day at home Bodie was in constant motion. I can’t even imagine how confused he was. He’s spent the first half of his first year on quiet, wooded land in the country, with a pond for swimming. Now here he is being walked next to a busy highway, feeling all kinds of different textures under his feet (concrete, sand, grass), navigating stairs for the first time (piece of cake), meeting new people and new dogs, and seeing the ocean and big waves instead of a quiet still pond. Amazingly, he has handled it all quite bravely!
He and Maddie have had a couple of “conversations”. The first time he got in her face, she lit into him as only “Diva Maddie” can, and he backed off. Then the next day he surprised her by jumping at her, wanting to play. She grabbed him by the nose and held on! That time he growled at her, and she let go. Since then they seem to have called it even.
Bodie is all puppy – curious, nosy, and very smart. He will do ANYTHING for a treat, and I taught him “sit” and “down” in two days. He is “mostly” potty trained, although he had a couple of accidents the first day which were entirely my fault. He’s so big I tend to forget he’s a puppy and can’t “hold it” as long as an adult dog. I wasn’t paying attention. Believe me, I am now paying attention, and so far no more accidents!
He sleeps in his crate at night, settling down after a few minutes of complaining. He woke up at 4:30 the first morning, 5:30 the next, and this morning he made it to 6:00. I hope this trend continues! The first two mornings I took him out to potty and then put him right back in his crate, and he went back to sleep. Every morning since we’ve been home I’ve been up before daybreak and out walking Bodie with Ted and Maddie. Ted is overjoyed I’m committed to getting up and out, and watching the sun come up over the ocean is even more incentive to stick to it.
The devastation along A1A is unbelievable. The worst of the damage in Sunset Inlet was siding being stripped off several house, some water intrusion through sliding glass doors, and some roof damage. Our home had very little damage at all. We lost our beach walkover, and so did most everyone else along the coast. Just north of us a modular home retirement community was partially destroyed, and a little further north many homes were swept away. If the storm had made even a 5-mile shift toward the coast as it passed us, the destruction would have been much greater. Men and equipment are hard at work moving in sand so the parts of A1A that were washed away can be rebuilt. We are so thankful that no lives were lost.
I love this pic Jill took of our ferry leaving last Saturday morning. She tells me the leaves have hit their peak this week.
As I finish writing this, Bodie is lying at my feet next to my desk. Ted says he is already a “mama’s boy”, and that’s fine by me.
Bless his heart, I know he thinks he has several names – Bodie Leave It, Bodie Stop It, and Bodie No! But the name he is called most often is Bear-Bodie. Ted and I both are having the hardest time getting used to “Bodie” without saying “Bear” first – kinda like when you have several children, and you run through the list of names before hitting on the one you’re talking to.
But, we’ll get it eventually. And Bodie will just be Bodie.
The hole in my heart is a tiny bit smaller today.