I will never forget the day, Mom told me we were leaving my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. This was the only home I had lived in since Mom adopted me at six months old.
Mom was excited as she said, “On February 15th we are moving into our very own place, Sonny.”
That’s only two weeks away. Shih-tzus don’t like change. Initially I was energized by Mom’s excitement, as I love to go anywhere with my mom. But, it didn’t take long for me to decide I didn’t want to go. As I watched all of my belongings being boxed up, and Mom shop for all sorts of supplies, I changed my mind.
When will I hear about anything other than the move? I don’t like all this commotion. I like it here with Grandma, Grandpa and the Westies. The past two years here have been great. Why do we have to move? I don’t want to have to stay anywhere by myself!
On the morning of February 15th, I watched as Mom loaded up the car with all of my toys and some other supplies.
Wait what are you doing with my stuff? No, don’t take that, I wasn’t done chewing it.
Mom then called, “Sonny, let’s go.”
The apartment complex wasn’t too far away, and soon Mom was leading me into the office. I had to sit quietly with Mom for what felt like forever. All we need is the key. Let’s go. I pulled on the end of my leash trying to explore.
“Just hold on a second, Sonny. We will go in just a minute,” Mom soothed and pulled me up into her lap.
Finally, we left the office and got back in the car. It was a short ride and Mom pulled the car into a garage. I waited eagerly to be lifted from the car. I was off leash, so I quickly took in all the strange smells that were here. It doesn’t smell like Grandma and Grandpa’s garage.
“Come on Sonny,” Mom called, “Let’s go see our new place.”
I followed Mom through the door and up the stairs.
Wow. Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.
Mom wandered through the first floor and then disappeared up more stairs.
Wait where did you go, Mom? I don’t want to stay here alone!
Mom did a quick walk through of the upstairs and then said, “Let’s go unload the car.”
Out in the garage, I watched as Mom unloaded box after box from the car stacking them by the garage door. Suddenly, I saw the bag that contained my toys and bones. Mom also had my bed in her hands.
Wait. Where are you going?
I ran up the stairs after her.
Mom got up to the living room and quickly dumped the bag’s contents on the living room floor.
All right. I’ll take those.
I ran to the toys and shook one in glee. I then had to sniff and sort through the stack making sure none had been lost.
Phew, they are all here.
I picked up my stuffed tree trunk toy and wandered around the room.
Mom had carried the rest of the boxes from the garage while I was busy, and now called, “Sonny, come on, let’s go for a car ride.”
What was the hurry to get back in the car again?
I rode with Mom back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house where we got my grandparents help as we made another trip back to the apartment. Both cars were loaded up this time, and Mom and my grandparents worked quickly to unload the cars back at the apartment.
After following them up and down the stairs several times, I decided to just wait for them.
Those stairs are wearing me out.
I explored all the boxes and bags that were brought into the house.
When the last of the boxes were unloaded from the car, and Mom and my grandparents were in the kitchen unloading boxes, I decided to just shut my eyes for a quick nap.
I guess, I slept longer than I thought, because when I woke up the living room and kitchen were completely set up.
Boxes were no longer stacked everywhere. My toys and bones were in a basket next to the entertainment center.
I stretched, yawned and carried a bone over to the window. Wow, this view is great. Oh, there is a dog my size, let’s go make friends.
I turned around to find Mom, but everyone was heading upstairs.
I trotted after them, but by the time we went outside, the dog was gone.
I dosed on Mom’s futon bed, and watched Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa unpack.
It was almost dinner time, when I startled awake as everyone else heading back downstairs. I jumped off the futon and had to admit, this room now looked like Mom’s room at her parents house.
As I caught up with everyone downstairs, I overheard Mom say, “Thanks for all your help today. I will call you tomorrow.”
Grandma and Grandpa were heading for the door. Wait, where are you going?
“See you later, Sonny,” Grandma said scratching my head.
“Have a good night,” Grandpa said.
I was scooped into Mom’s arms and we watched her Grandpa back the car out of the driveway.
Left on our own, Mom fixed us dinner and took me for a walk that evening. I got to explore and mark my new territory.
Back at the apartment, Mom turned on the TV. Since I immediately fell asleep on the couch next to Mom, I was startled when Mom said, “Ok, it is time for bed, let’s go.”
Great. I am exhausted. Let’s not move again anytime soon ok?
Mom climbed into bed. She patted my head good night and said, “I love you, Sonny.” She laid down to go to sleep.
I love you too. I curled up at the foot of the bed.
This place is great after all. Nothing has changed between me and Mom. I have all my toys, bones, and a brand new window to entertain me.