Time to Redefine our Lives in Oregon

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today….actually the 8th of June.  It took me two days to edit, edit, and edit again a video that WP would be able to load.   I should change the name, but I think it’s catchy.

Picture this…..the day taken off of work….a student missing a day of classes….an hour and a half car ride to the airport.  The anticipation of the impending arrival.  Suddenly, the flight tracker on my phone shows that the plane’s arrival is imminent.  Looking out toward the tower, there it is!  The white, flying vehicle holding the precious cargo is making its descent.

We are at the cargo bay pick-up site for Alaska Airlines.  Surprisingly, (I don’t know why I was surprised at this, but I was) so are quite a few other people.  I have never picked up cargo at the airport before, so this is a learning experience.  The check-in/pick-up counter is somewhat….uhhmm….less in presentation than the airline’s ticket counter.  We are told it will be a wait…20 – 30 minutes.  So, we wait………

While waiting, people are talking about their cargo.  The most interesting had to be a participant in the 2012 Portland Rose Festival.  I believe his name is, Martin Buser, in any event, he is the       4-time champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  He was waiting for his team of dogs being flown down from, I presume, Alaska.  Those dogs were in awesome shape, and really beautiful!!

Our time had finally arrived….I could hear her arriving from behind the doors leading to the loading dock.  Peering into the room, I saw my first glimpse…….

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and then she was in my arms…

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The emotions of the day were overwhelming.  It had been 10 years of waiting for the right time to add another Great Dane into our home and lives. We wanted to wait until we had space for our big kids to run…not a dog park.  There is a lot of “drama” at dog parks, especially when you bring in an extra-large dog with a lot of energy.   It was finally the day, June 8, 2012, our Penni came home.   Bred by Kerry Grant of  http://www.kootenaidanes.com/ , Penni has been a delight of rambunctious, great dane antics.  (She is so beautiful, and so friendly…her vet’s office (of which we take her regularly to be weighed) says she is the friendliest dane they have seen in their practice.  She is gorgeous, through and through.

So today, we celebrate her / our one year anniversary!   Penni’s birthday was in April…here is a quick video I put together for that auspicious event!!


For anyone who saw the extended version on youtube… this is a much abridged production.   HAhahahaha

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