If you'd told me I'd go back to Fiesta Island the day after losing our girl, I'd have said you were crazy. But that's what I did today. And I'm so glad I went.
You might remember that one week ago, I posted
that we planned to meet up with some Tripawds folks, including the famous Tripawd's Spokesdog Wyatt and the feared-across-three-states (or is it more?) Bernie bin Laden. Even though none of those folks live in San Diego, they still wanted to drive down today to have a Tribute to Abby
day at Abby's favorite place, Fiesta Island. They said they would totally understand if I didn't go, but I knew that Abby would want me to. If I didn't go, she would say, "Are you kidding? Miss a day at THE BEACH?" She would have said, "You're nutty, Mama. Go!" So I went.
It was really hard at first - especially turning onto the island without Abby in the backseat. She would always get so excited as soon as we got off the freeway. While we drove around the island, she'd stand in the backseat and hang her head out the window. She could barely contain herself until we'd park and I'd let her out.
But it got better once I got there and met everyone - especially the crazy pups! I took over 100 photos and had a hard time winnowing them down for this post, but here goes:
|This is Wyatt Ray - how handsome is he??|
|This wily ball of craziness is, of course, Bernie bin Laden|
|...he does sometimes stand still.|
|This is the aptly named Linda, Bernie's sister|
|Um, this is also Linda|
|She can hold her own with the boys.|
|The boys started a tug-o-war that went on...|
|And then Wyatt went for his first ever swim!!|
|Oh,...and then back on...|
|...until talk of burgers broke up the war.|
|Don't worry - the dogs all got theirs too. (Ab would have LOVED this part...)|
|And no limbs were lost...|
|...or even fingers.|
|Tribute to Abby day was a huge success!|
When I came home this afternoon, I downloaded the pictures from today. Then I got side-tracked looking through some of the last photos I took of Abby. All of a sudden, I looked up and saw this:
That is Abby's color! Tripawd-Warrior-Princess-pink. I'm pretty sure she
wanted to let us know that she got there okay, and that she is painting
the town pink! I'm hoping she met the Original Tripawd, Spirit Jerry, there shortly after arrival. We made a felted wool version of him for his pawrents.
Jerry and Abby would make a cute couple.
I'm sure she is flirting with all
the boys up there.
As first days go without a beloved furry family member, it was actually pretty darn good. I laughed more than I cried - and who would have thought that? Certainly not me.
Thank you to everyone!
All our family & friends & all the folks at Tripawds for the love and support. It really does mean a lot to know so many other people loved her too and were touched by her.