When our family came to Charleston over the holiday, we decided to bring our pup Sawyer along. With me staying here a few months to work on the house and oversee projects, and my husband traveling, we thought it would be best for him to stay with me. Sawyer has never done a road trip with us before, especially a long one, and I have to say I was a little apprehensive about how he would handle such a long drive. However, I’m happy to report that he did great!! He usually gets a little nervous when he sees our suitcases out, but he was practically the first one in the car when he realized he was being invited along.We decided at the last minute to leave Christmas evening, and drive through the night getting to South Carolina in the morning. We thought it would be easier for Sawyer to get the trip all done at once. Driving through the night is always a challenge though, especially as we get older, and Bob and I were exhausted the next day, but we both felt it was the right decision. Sawyer and the girls were pretty chill throughout the night and by morning, we were at our destination.So, here we are. It took a few days for him to get used to the new house and routine, but as long as he is with his family, he is a happy doodle. He loves his walks in the morning, exploring new paths, smells, frogs and fellow dogs. In fact, over the weekend we found a dog park while we were out!The few tips we received from a trainer a few months back were very helpful and Sawyer and I are truly enjoying our walks together. Now, he’s not perfect, he still occasionally has his moments, but don’t we all? We also have a lot of neighborhood cats roaming around that have Sawyer under their spell. When he sees them, he simply stops and stares as they watch us from the safety of the large oaks, or casually stroll past us. I have to say the best part of our walks these days is the lack of parkas, boots, and frozen paws! Like many cities, Charleston is a very dog friendly community. Often, as I enter a shop, I am greeted by a furry friend and dogs are always welcome to join their owners in outdoor cafes and restaurants. As you can see, Sawyer has definitely settled in to his new home.I love having Sawyer here with me. What is it about having a pet that makes us feel so good? Our pets definitely live for the moment which is something we could all learn to do. Often, my office is out on the back porch, and Sawyer loves to sit by me and look out at the birds, turtles, and yes alligator (who we have affectionately named Alfred) in the next door pond. Sometimes Sawyer is so still, I swear he is meditating.I love seeing him at the back door window with his favorite toy in his mouth and tail wagging whenever I come home, and who needs an alarm clock when you can have a big wet kiss first thing in the morning? I know he misses the rest of his family and they miss him too, but we will all be reunited again soon. For now we are going to enjoy the weather, sites, new friends, and soon the beach!
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole