|Bless' Last Day at Scooby|
Traveling to Her Forever Home in California
5/2/11: Bless' Journey Home to CA
When the alarm rang, Diane and I crawled out of our bunks and got ready for the trip. Gathered up my belongings. Grabbed Bless' water bowls out of the freezer for the trip. Put her carrier into the back of the van. Bless sat in the back seat, and we headed out. Diane is an angel for getting up so early to take us to the Madrid Airport; especially since she and Lydia have to do the same thing the next day, and they are bringing back three dogs for adoption in the US.
Rush hour traffic wasn't too bad, getting in that early. We found our way to the Delta departure terminal. I grabbed a cart, loaded it with the crate and bags, took Bless on her leash, gave Diane a farewell and 'thank you' hug, and then we went into the terminal and found the Delta counter.
|Hasta Luego, Beautiful Madrid!|
Will see you again soon.
Bless was my conversation piece. Almost every traveler, from every nationality in that airport, gave her a look and a smile. She is so beautiful and has such a unique look about her, she attracted a lot of attention. Many stopped to ask me if I traveled with her often, because she was so calm. Then I had a chance to tell them her story. They were intrigued, and they smiled when they heard about it.
|Thank you, Delta Airlines and Staff!|
You were so good to Bless and to me.
Had a chance to grab some coffee, and then it was time to board. Immediately when I boarded, I asked the Attendant if he could check to make sure that my dog was on board. (The Captain can always confirm this, as he/she has a manifesto for all cargo.) He came by twice to let me know that not only was she on board, but the Captain said she was doing just fine. Lucky me and Bless! And even luckier, I got an aisle seat on the left side, and no one sat in the seat next to me. So I could lay down and relax in two seats all the way from Madrid to NY. Watched a couple of movies. Ate a nice breakfast and lunch, and began to reflect on my adventure.
It was bittersweet to leave Spain. I know that this experience has changed my life, and that I will return to Scooby again soon.
|Welcome to America, Bless!|
New York City, NY
|My Travel Seat Mate's Good Luck Sock Monkey|
|Hazel, my good luck charm/travel companion|
When I boarded the plane, asked the Attendant to confirm that Bless was on board. He came by before take off to let me know that the Captain said she was on board and doing just fine. Once again, I was stuck in the middle seat on the left side of the plane. Blah! There was a nice fellow from Manchester, England, sitting next to me on the right. We struck up a conversation. He was going to visit friends and manage the sound systems for some concerts in smaller clubs in San Francisco. I told him about my journey to Spain and that Bless was on board. I also shared about Hazel, my good luck charm. Serendipitously, he also had a travel good luck charm, which was his niece's sock monkey. It was in his backpack, as was my Hazel. We shared stories and laughed well about it.
My, but I was *so* ready to be off of that plane near the last couple of hours. So uncomfortable! I could only imagine how Bless must feel in her carrier.
Welcome to the Hotel California, Bless! We live 45 minutes from SFO in San Jose.
All is well with the world. God is in Heaven. He gave us a safe and uneventful journey home, and Bless is with me in her new home in San Jose, CA. Life is great!
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|Bless sends her blessings!|