My dad was beyond excited when he told us he got a big promotion, and we were moving to France for two years.
My mom said she would only speak French to me from then on so I would understand my teacher when she enrolled me in a doggie daycare in Paris.
Since I got the news, my head has been swimming with thoughts about what this move means. I will be leaving my best friends at daycare and the dog park. I have known these guys since I was a puppy, and we have been through thick and thin together. Then there will be no more treats from Luigi, the barber, when he cuts my dad’s hair; and no more time with Jim, my groomer; and Sally, who house-sits when my parents go on vacation.
Every day I think of something else I will be leaving behind. How does one cope when they move away from a life they have always known and enjoyed?
Moving away isn’t easy, particularly when the decision is not yours. How you cope is first to acknowledge what you will be missing. Then devise a plan with your friends to use texts, face time, and Zoom meetings to stay in touch.
The next thing you do is research life for a dog in France, so you know what to expect. French people love their dogs and take them everywhere with them. It’s not uncommon to see dogs shopping with their family in department and grocery stores, out to lunch, and visiting at the homes and events of friends.
Transportation for dogs in Paris is done by car, bus, the subway (called the Metro), scooters, bicycles; you name it. Some restaurants provide chairs for dogs to sit at the table, napkins to wear around their necks, and dinner on a plate, placed on the table.
Fashion is a big thing in Paris. You won’t believe the choice of collars, leashes, scarves, and clothes that will be available for you. Think of Paris as an adventure to behold and not a life change. Over two years, you will become multilingual, cosmopolitan, and well-dressed.
When you return home, just imagine all the experiences, Parisian friends, both human and canine, and Parisian Chic you can share with your friends
© 2023 Geneva Woodruff
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