I get teary every time I look at this picture of Chester. I took it last weekend when I was in Medford (So. Oregon)
As many of you know, my kids (Ryan, Kelli & Cupcake) moved from Medford to Indiana a little over a year ago. They left behind a sweet, charming home which, unfortunately, still stands UN-SOLD at this time. The housing/economic outlook in Medford is still not good. They've had renters in the house up until last week and will now try one more time to sell it.
Anyway, spent last weekend painting, cleaning and doing overall sprucing up to get it ready to put it back on the market. I took my Mom with me as well as sweet Chester boy.
He hasn't been at this house for over a year but, his reaction as we were about 2 blocks from the house was amazing. He started pacing and jumping around in the back of my car. As we pulled into the garage, he was almost out of control. I got him out of the car and into the house and he bee-lined for what was the kid's bedroom. He sniffed and sniffed and paced and wagged his tail and went over every inch of that bedroom and the walk-in closet. He then ran out and past me to the living room (the picture here) and sat right down and looked longingly out the window....a couple times resting his sweet mug on the window sill. He used to sit and gaze out the window like that waiting for Ryan to come home from work.
On this day, he would sit at the window for a while and then wander back to the bedroom....back out to the window and back to the bedroom. This went on for almost our first hour in the house....it was the sweetest yet saddest thing I've seen. Made me bawl.
You hear these stories about pets who are lost or left behind and weeks or months later they show up, having found their people. Chester was sure looking for his people....I wonder so much, what he was thinking. Watching him, all I could imagine or hear in my heart was him thinking...."I'm here but, where are you?"