If you knew Aviana before, you knew she was fiercely independent. It hurts us deeply that she, of all people, is forced to be so dependent now. For this very reason, we try to factor this very distinct characteristic of hers into as many decisions as we can for her.
Her going on the bus, by herself, was part of giving her back some of her very own independence. I felt she would appreciate having something that was hers, and hers only.
Rainey was so sad when the gate lifted Aviana up. She was on her hind legs wondering where this big yellow thing was taking her sister.
She turned her head and looked right at my Mom, Dave, our neighbor's - Warren and Anna, our dogs - Oski and Rainey, and me. She looked like she was thinking....
"What the?!?" Why am I in here...and you're out there? Oh well...see ya!"
Dave and I hopped on to say our final goodbyes, but she was still locking eyes with her Nana.
My Mom and I then huddled together and cried our eyes out as we watched our girl drive away...all by herself.
Right when she got home...
Someone wanted to tell her just how much she was missed!
I don't think the feeling was reciprocated.
Poor Rainey doesn't quite understand that her doggie place was filled once before, and will never be able to be filled the same way by another.
Aviana is a tough cookie.
Her teacher called afterward and said she had a really good day.
And guess who else stopped by to check and see how her first day went? Yep...you guessed, Todd Lynn! We talked for a while, I was so excited because as I was out today I finally found fresh rhubarb for his pie : ) And, wouldn't you know it...I listed the wrong show he was going to be featured on in June. It's Turf Wars, not Yard Crashers. Just in case you were wondering!
Thank you all for the well wishes for Aviana's first day. You mean so much to us. You carry us through, and make this entire journey worthwhile.
Our love to you!