Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Travels

Many of us hit the road more come spring. I know once the basketball season is done I am freer to travel. My partner and I try to not be on the road at the same time so one of us is always home to take care of the many fur kids who share their lives with us. My partner is a sports writer, covering mostly women's college basketball (specifically the University of TN LadyVols). Me I am a speaker, writer and consultant...I travel to present workshops, speak at conferences and meetings and to do onsite work consulting at veterinary clinics nationwide on OSHA and other regulatory matters.

I also travel to DC and spend time with legislative work, advocating for the veterinary profession as well as important animal welfare along with food animal and ecological issues, but I have to admit I have been avoiding that in this ugly political season.
This week as I get ready to hit the road I will have a special traveling partner with me: Chipper Cheyenne. Chipper is a Carolina dog, one of our many rescue pups. She too is a writer, the famous author of “Ask Chipper” columns in my newsletters and well received at clinics and conferences nationwide. In fact I always joked that the first thing people do at conferences is ask me ‘where’s Chipper??’ She has a huge following. She is getting on in years but still loves to travel. This will be a great trip for her too as she will be traveling as my helper dog. I admit that as I have recovered from the effects of Lyme disease I have been much more mobile, less needing my assistant dog- the painful relapses coming fewer and farther between. But it will be great to have my girl with me for the just in case but especially for the companionship a dog gives you. I feel more her helper companion these days, this trip than she mine as Chipper ages, and that’s just fine- a position I am honored to be in.

Many of our friends have lost beloved fur kids this winter, we have too, losing our little Socks, so as I write this I think of the moments to cherish, to savor and hold close to our hearts....for you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Safe travels all- take the time to smell the roses, watch the birds, breath in the sweet perfumes of nature and be grateful you are able to enjoy each and every moment of adventure life brings you.

Chipper Cheyenne and I wish you Happy Trails!

Chery and Chipper Cheyenne

No comments:

Post a Comment