Read this story and you will understand what I mean about dogs. It’s unbelievable, but it’s true.
In today’s blog post I decided to write something out of the ordinary, tell a real-life story of mine, involving one of the amazing dogs in my life, Zoe. She brought amazing joy and happiness to me and my family. Sadly, her passing also marked the end of what used to be a wonderful family unit. I’m not sure if it was coincidence or if this lovely dog really held our family together. Either way, after her passing, I entered a dark period of my life, depressed, unhappy and unfulfilled, let down. Anyway, more on that in another story, right now I have this amazingly happy story to tell, about an incredibly smart dog.
September 11, 2001, New York City.
At the time we were living in NYC, no kids as yet. We moved there intending to stay. But then September 11 happened. That morning around 8 am I was walking Zoe back home from Central Park, which was what I did first thing every morning. On the way back I would pick up the Financial Times and Zoe would proudly carry it back home in her mouth. People just loved it and couldn’t get enough of little Zoe, the newspaper delivery dog! That morning was different, people weren’t looking at Zoe carrying the paper, everyone was nervous and talking rapidly. That’s when I overheard someone saying that a sports plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center Towers.
I went home, saw the news, realized how bad this really was, then went up on the roof of our building and watched it all unfold in front of me. We all know what happened next and how horrific this day was for everyone, in particular, the victims and their families. I, for one have never been so scared and shocked as I was then.
Commuting from New York City to Austria.
Back in those days, I used to commute from NYC to Innsbruck, Austria, pretty much once or twice a month, as I was running a business in Austria at the time. That wasn’t an easy commute every other week, but I did it to keep the business running, out of love and to allow the ex to take a job in the US. Due to September 11, airports were closed for a while. In any case, I had no desire whatsoever to fly anytime soon. In fact, I didn’t want to continue this kind of lifestyle after what had happened, it was too scary a thought.
Finally, after about two months, I plucked up the courage to get back on a flight to Europe.
Zoe the Wonder Dog!
One fine Fall evening we were driving to JFK airport, that is my ex, Zoe and me. We parked the car and walked to the check-in area, taking Zoe along. After checking in, I said my good bye’s to my ex and my lovely dog Zoe. About 1 hour later, I’m sitting in my seat on the plane. The doors had just closed and we were about to taxi. I always left my phone on (and still do) until the absolute last minute. Just as I was about to turn it off, I got a call, from the ex. Immediately worried, I picked up and asked what’s going on. Crying, she told me that Zoe had disappeared.
The last time she saw Zoe she said, she was in the back of the car on the busy road back to the City. It wasn’t until the ex arrived in the City I believe, did she notice Zoe was no longer there. What are your thoughts when this kind of thing happens? Despair, anxiety, hysteria and sadness.
Deplaning wasn’t Easy!
I was so worried and scared for the dog and the ex, I kind of panicked and told the air hostess I had to get off the plane as there was a family emergency. We were about to push back, and she said it was too late. But I was relentless and wouldn’t stop, I said I have to get off now, this is about my family! This got other people around me nervous, seeing as it was shortly after the September 11 tragedy, everyone was a bit high strung. So people joined in and told the airline staff to let me off. So they did. At this point, I think people were happy to see me leave, but I don’t think they would have been so happy if they’d known it was all about a dog. I didn’t care, because I loved that dog!
I didn’t really know what I was doing or what could be done it was too late anyway, surely? In the meantime, the ex was driving back to the airport looking for our Zoe dog on the way. We kept calling each other to see if there were updates, no luck. How could this happen? I didn’t get it. How did the dog vanish?
By this time, with all these questions and confusion in my mind, feeling sad and worried, I was escorted back to the check-in desk. As I’m walking towards the counter, I was like, what? This can’t be! There she was, Zoe was standing right there where she had left me about 2 hours ago, with the check-in staff. It was almost impossible to believe my eyes! Immediately, I was filled with relief and ecstatic happiness to have my dearest dog back. I ran to Zoe kissed and cuddled her over and over again, then called the ex and told her the good news. And so we were all reunited after such a horrible scare. What a wonderful feeling that was. The sense of relief and joy to have your beloved dog back, after thinking it was lost for good, was overwhelming.
How did this happen?
It turns out the ex left one of the back windows down for a while for the Zoe dog to stick her head out. We used to always do that, as she loved it. But this time, at a traffic light (probably not too far from the airport), Zoe must have jumped out and run back to the terminal to find me. Insane and wild in itself, but also amazing to see the animal instinct and how this dog was able to find her way back safely to the check-in counter, even though she went a different way in with the car in the first place.
What’s the Moral of the Story?
One: Don’t leave those windows down for your dog to sniff the air. I see it every day. One day it could go badly wrong and your dog may not be as lucky as ours was.
Two: Love your dog back as much as it loves you, maybe that way it won’t run away from you. Find out why here.
I hope you enjoyed this little story.
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