THE VACATION
ON OCTOBER 3, 2004, WE HEADED FOR MICHIGAN WITH DEE DEE,
APRIL, ANGEL, AMBER, AND MAX IN TOW.  THIS TRIP WAS MUCH
MORE THAN A VACATION.  IT WAS ALSO TO ATTEND THE WEDDING OF
JEFF (THE LITTLE GUY YOU MET IN THE STORY OF
"PRINCESS 2") AND
NICOLE (THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS).

IN ADDITION TO THE WEDDING, WE FINALLY GOT TO MEET SOME
WONDERFUL FRIENDS IN NORTH CAROLINA ON THE WAY HOME WITH
WHOM THERE WAS ONLY EMAIL COMMUNICATION UNTIL NOW.  WE
ALSO MET MANY NEW ANIMAL FRIENDS.  
JEFF & NICOLE
JOINED IN MARRIAGE ON
10/9/04  

SHELLY & HER HUSBAND, NICK
JOINED IN MARRIAGE ON 12/17/00
AND NOW, ON TO "THE VACATION" AND............
WHENEVER AMBER SEES THIS BAG, SHE
KNOWS THAT SHE IS GOING SOMEWHERE
PASSING THE TIME WITH HER CHEW
BONE  
ANGEL,  HAPPY TO ARRIVE AT THE FIRST
MOTEL
MAX, HAPPY TO BE SLEEPING ON A SOFT
BED
APRIL - JUST HAPPY
ANGEL, SETTLING DOWN FOR THE NIGHT

ARRIVING AT THE MOTEL IN MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN WAS COOLER - THESE
FLORIDA DOGS NEEDED SHIRTS
APRIL & DEE DEE - SLEEPING IN THEIR
PJ's

AMBER & MAX - SHARING A CHEW BONE

FRIENDS WE MET ALONG THE WAY
SABBY
AMBER GIVES SABRINA A LOVING KISS
MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS,
LINDSEY & CORTNEY, WITH DEE DEE
AND MAX

OUR NEW FRIENDS IN NORTH CAROLINA
SPICY--THE QUEEN OF THE HOUSE
(WHAT SPICY WANTS, SHE USUALLY
GETS)


NOELLE--VERY SWEET AND LOVING
JULES - A RESCUED GREYHOUND AND
VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN
INTRODUCING LUCKY
LUCKY'S STORY

On the second day of our trip up to Michigan while driving through Kentucky near Renfro Valley on
Interstate 75, we first met Lucky.  He was running down the median of the Interstate.  We pulled over to
the shoulder of the freeway and John got out and dodged the heavy, 80 mph traffic to get to the center of
the freeway.  Not wanting to frighten the dog and have him run into the freeway traffic, John stayed well
in back of him and just kept talking to him.  That didn't work because he was very scared and kept walking
ahead.  John returned to the van and we tried to figure out what to do.  We then drove on the shoulder very
slowly to get up in front of him again.  John got out and crossed the freeway again.  This time he was in
front of Lucky.  Lucky started running again and passed by John.  By this time two other motorists noticed
what was happening and also stopped to try and help.  The three of them surrounded Lucky and closed in
until he had no where to go.  By this time he was tired and just laid down on his back and waved his front
paws in the air as if to say, "I Surrender".  

John scooped him up and dodged the traffic once again to get back to the van.  I took Lucky from him and
held him on my lap and rubbed his ears until he finally settled down and fell asleep in my arms.  

Lucky traveled on to Michigan with us that day.  The next day we took him to the vet that Jeff and Nicole
use for Sabrina and Sabby.  Lucky was a little undernourished, but otherwise in good health.  He had no
collar or microchip identification.  We decided to board him with the vet until our return to Florida a week
later.

Lucky will always have a special place in our hearts but seventeen dogs is just too many to care for
properly and we both knew we had to stop somewhere.  I contacted the Lakeland, Florida, SPCA and they
called and said they could find a home for him.  We provided a foster home for Lucky for a week after we
returned from Michigan.  With much regret we surrendered him to the SPCA after that week.  But this
story does have a very happy ending.  I received a call from the SPCA less than 24 hours after we dropped
him off.  A family with two boys adopted Lucky.  I was told that they said they were the LUCKY ones to
have been able to adopt such a wonderful dog.  We will never forget Lucky and the time we spent with him,
but he now has a wonderful "forever" home.
A STOP FOR THE WEARY TRAVELERS AT
TANGLEWOOD STATE PARK IN NORTH
CAROLINA

ANGEL PROBABLY THINKING, "FEED ME,
I'M NOT A DUCK"
BEAUTIFUL TANGLEWOOD STATE PARK
HEADING HOME - TIME TO GET IN THAT
BAG AGAIN
ANGEL & MAX - ENJOYING THEIR LAST
NIGHT IN A MOTEL
APRIL ASLEEP IN THE VAN ON THE FINAL DAY
OF TRAVELING
FINALLY HOME AGAIN - TUCKER MEETS
LUCKY FOR THE FIRST TIME.  THEY
BECAME GOOD FRIENDS


SO GLAD TO BE HOME AGAIN
SERENA AND RUSTY CHECK OUT THE
NEWCOMER

LUCKY MEETS MAGGIE & HOLLY

INTRODUCTIONS ARE OVER AND
PLAYTIME BEGINS
TUCKER & RUSTY MISSED THE POOL
WHILE THEY WERE BEING BOARDED AT
THE VET'S
GLAD TO BE HOME AGAIN
MAGGIE - 10/15/04
DEE DEE - 10/15/04  
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