Connect the dots, as in Dippin’ Dots.
Here are some words to live by:
I’m saddened to report that one of our “cousin” dogs died tonight.
“Teagan” showed up at our friend’s farm one day a few years ago as a puppy. She was discovered, curled up, covered in fleas and who knows what else. No one knows how she got there. She was rescued in the truest sense of the word. Teagan was well cared for and joined a family that had more dogs than humans.
A Vizsla mix, she was extremely protective of my wife’s friend Laurie, and it took almost two years before I could even pet her, (The dog, not Laurie). The best I could hope for was a growl and a watchful eye. Then, one day, she came up to me and we were buddies. In a house/farm with more dogs than I can count right now, she was my favorite.
Her estimated age at the time of her death was only five years. She had been treated for some serious medical issues, but I thought they were under control. While we are all upset and heartbroken, it is not a complete surprise.
But it was a complete surprise.
Teagan was a sweetheart and I’m honored to have been asked to help arrange for her cremation with people who care about dogs/pets as much as we do.
Laurie and some of her grown children took Teagan from the animal hospital in Augusta, GA to the crematory, arriving around 9pm tonight. Thank you to John and Pam at Plum Tree Pet Services for being willing to be there waiting. You are special people who have been serving the Aiken area for at least the 20 years I have been here. I trust our dogs to no one else.
If you are born, someday you will die. So it goes.
She was a good dog.
I said that I would never do it again, but I did.
I’m referring to driving 15 hours from Aiken, SC to Houston, TX in one day, staying a day and then driving back in one day with an extra dog and a few suitcases. The purpose of the trip was to bring some of Megan’s belongings and her dog back to SC for a few weeks. She will drive them back when it’s time.
This journey, however, I had help.
It was a fun road trip, with Elissa and Selby as my co-pilots. While I still provided most of the driving, it was great to have company and Elissa and I took turns finding songs to play from Pandora and YouTube, (Thankful for unlimited data)
We got to spend the day with Megan, meeting several of her friends and getting a quick tour of her part of Houston, including taking the dogs to the #1 rated Millie Bush Dog Park. Thank’s George and Barbara.
Mission accomplished and completed with no speeding tickets, no traffic jams, no doggie “accidents” and with lots of fun.
A quick post while on the road in Houston, TX
The Canzona in D minor, BWV 588, played at the Detlef Kleuker organ of the First Greek Evangelical Church of Athens – Greece, at the Bach Festival 2007.
Chris Paraskevopoulos is the organist.
We (Elissa, Selby and me) left Aiken, SC at 0500 and arrived in Houston, TX just over fifteen hours later.
There was very little LE presence on the highways and byways, which maybe explains the relative lack of attention to posted speed limits, especially on US 10. (not by me, of course, but by others)
Spending today with “Megan & Co.” and heading back to Aiken tomorrow, with Martha added to the passenger manifest.
Selby helping with the navigation, reading the WAZE app.
Just about a year ago I went on a road trip, summed up by a story on the old blog called:
There are several related stories before and after that post.
That was a long weekend and I swore I’d never do it again.
But, I am. This time, however, I have some help.
Early Friday morning, Elissa, her dog Selby and I will begin our drive to Houston, TX.
Mission: to pick up Martha and bring her back to Aiken with some of Megan’s belongings. Megan will fly back home later in the month later to spend a few weeks back in SC after some surgery.
Drive to Houston on Friday, enjoy Saturday in Houston and then drive back with one daughter and two dogs on Sunday.
What are 2,000 miles when your daughter and her dog needs you?
We will be #MakingMemories and we will be sharing the journey on Instagram. You can follow us, @rayvisotski, @coupleofcreeches, and @mvisotski001
(Photo may have been my 3rd birthday party)
A photo from today’s edition of our local paper:
This photograph was taken during a felony traffic stop yesterday afternoon in our fair (usually) city. Our Public Safety Department takes these situations very seriously as we had two officers shot and killed within 60 days back in December 2011 – January 2012 while affecting traffic stops.
Yes, very seriously.
I’m all for getting action pictures, but I’d be more than a little hesitant to be down-range of those officers who just pulled over a car that was reported to have been involved in a shooting a few minutes earlier.
I would think the officers weren’t all that happy about looking down their sights and seeing a photographer down the street.