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
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
“Just hold on a
second, Sonny. We will go in just a minute,” Mom soothed and pulled me up into
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.