“I have learned that friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who came and never left your side.”

The sun was shining when I woke up but the clouds are blocking it now. It is 78˚. My air conditioner is on. According to the weather, the sun will be back and forth all day.

Henry and I had the most spectacular time with my friends in New Hampshire. Both Peg and Bill treated us so well I was loathe to go home. We laughed, and we remembered our Peace Corps days and our travels. Peg and I shopped. Bill took Henry out behind the house and gave me a break. One night, though, was pure horror. Henry slipped his leash and collar. I didn’t bring the flashlight as I couldn’t find it. Henry ran and I ran after him. I lost track but saw a bit of white as it ran by me. I was frantic. Seeing I had left the garage door open, I went to check to see if he had gone inside. He hadn’t. I decided I would wake Bill up to help when I looked at the door, and there was Henry. The ride was tough on poor Henry. He panted and couldn’t get comfortable. On the way home, he tried to get on my lap and knocked the gear out of drive. I was quick to get him off and get in gear.

Last night Henry woke me up 4 times. I took him outside. The second time, the rain started with giant drops, and I could hear them hitting metal. The fourth time it was pouring. When we got upstairs, Henry was still shaking. I kept patting him. It was then I realized I could hear thunder. That was what was scaring Henry. That was the first time thunder ever scared him. I fell asleep with Henry in my arms. He was sleeping.

My friends Bill and Peg and I didn’t see each other for years. When we reconnected, it was if I had seen them last week. They are warm, funny, wonderful people. When we went to Ghana in 2016, we traveled easily together. We laughed and made fun of Bill. We had such a good time we are planning what will probably be our last trip back.

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10 Comments on ““I have learned that friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who came and never left your side.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Welcome back 🙂

    It is an awful feeling when one think ones dog has run away! The few times it has happened to me both Nova and Sune ran straight back home or in Novas case to the place where she left me 🙂 Sune has only done it once and that was when he jumped up on the back of a badger 🙂 🙂 It wasn’t the badger that scared him, instead it was Nova, Hector and Orvar who thought the badger attacked Sune 🙂 🙂 The only thing the badger wanted was to run away 🙂 🙂

    So far only Albin has been scared by the thunder and only once when it hit close to the cottage, otherwise he’s angry because I won’t let him go outside to check what it is sounding so loud 🙂 🙂 I hope that Henry learns that thunder sounds bad but really isn’t.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Christer,
      Shauna took off on me. I chased her for nearly an hour. I really thought she was gone and I’d never find her. Finally I found her maybe close to a mile from here she had taken off on me. Maggie would go off leash, walk a bit then look back to make sure I was with her.

      Henry didn’t mind the thunder claps over our heads, but when she was outside, the thunder was too close I guess. He was shaking, and I felt so bad for him. Tonight he is his old self again.

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley. Says:

    We missed you Kat, glad that you had a brill time

    The day has finally arrived, Mrs MDH and I pick up The Prince and we go wheels up to London on the night flight out of Detroit. The entire travelling team of 3 is very fired up and we hit the ground running around 1 pm EST in London

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hope all of you have the best time. I know how excited you must be to have The Prince along and I expect he is over the moon!

      Drop a line and let me know about your travels.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Friends and plans and adventure, sounds great!
    No dog lost, welcome back home!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit.

      It is great to be home though being with my friends was wonderful. That short Henry disappearance had me scared. I was so glad to see him.

  4. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When we adopted our lab mix about 15 years ago I had to take her to the county animal shelter where she was going to be spayed. The shelter was a couple of double wide trailers in the middle of a field of weeds and brush. When I opened the car door the dog escaped her collar and ran. Maybe she knew instinctively that the vet’s scalpel was inside. A streak of fear ran through my gut. If I couldn’t recover the dog my kids and my wife would disown me. And never let me live this down. After a sporting chase which nearly killed me. I got her captured, collared and then spayed.

    You are very lucky to have such good friends that has shared such wonderful experiences.

    Finally back in our condo and the new shower worked fine this morning. Unfortunately, there’s a fine layer of construction dust in our bedroom that will take days to clean up.

    Clear and hot again but I don’t know if we hit triple digits.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I know how you felt with your dog on the run. I thought I’d never find Henry. The yard led to the woods and there were bushes on the side. I could hear him running in the bushes, but I couldn’t see him. I had about given up on catching him. He must have heard me in the garage and figured he ought to check out the noise. I was so excited to see him.

      We, Bill, Peg and I, met the very first day we were in Philadelphia for 5 days of what is called staging before we left for Ghana. After the first year, I helped arrange for them to transfer to my school. We lived in a duplex on school grounds and traveled together every vacation. The trip we made back to Ghana in 2016 was the best trip. I am lucky in my friends.

      I’m glad you’re finally home, even with all the dust!

      It was humid here which made the day feel a bit miserable.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        There’s a reason why hotel rooms don’t have shower stalls. Rebuilding one is a dirty and expensive project. A shower in a bathtub works great and doesn’t leak.

      • katry Says:

        My shower is in the tub, and I have an outside shower as well. The leak I had was from the faucet, and it could have been expensive to fix except for a former student of mine who charged me little.

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