February 9th, 2016
Bailey and I have never been apart for more than a few hours. Tomorrow that will change. I am flying to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for a knee surgery consultation before having the arthroscopic operation in a few weeks. My family including Bailey is staying behind. I am excited to see my old haunts in Saskatoon after spending 13 1/2 years in Northern Manitoba, meet my brother’s family for the first time and stroll through the shops. It will be my first trip alone without a child or two and a husband. I can sleep in, leisurely sip gourmet coffee and dine on sushi which no one else in the family enjoys. Basically, do as I please. Sounds great, well not really. I will miss my sweetness, Bailey, and the other family members.
Walking around Saskatoon by myself in the morning will not be the same as strolling with Bailey. She’s a sensitive pooch and knows something is up. I have been training the youngest son in the art of grooming. Bailey will be disappointed if her nightly massage session is cancelled. I have been talking non-stop about stuff that needs to be done to keep Bailey content. Important stuff like she needs a pig’s ear to chew on at 9 pm before her last business call at 9:30 pm. Failure to do so could result in Bailey sampling the front door molding with her big canine teeth. The last time that I forgot, Bailey took it upon herself to find something to gnaw on – the door frame. Ah, another repair to make the “to do” list for this year. I demonstrated how to prepare her meals – more like trying to hide her wild salmon oil pill under the kibble. I am not sure if any of them are really listening but, they do nod their heads. Like it or not, they are flying solo as of 7:30 am. The mothership will have left orbit. Bailey will be the lone female in a house of testosterone. Don’t feel sorry for them. The freezer is filled with two types of cookies and Reese’s peanut butter bars. I will miss eating those bars as the boys will annihilate them long before my return. As long as they shower Bailey with lots of love, I know that the family will do just fine. I may be leaving Bailey in Labrador but, a part of my heart is staying there too!