Hello my little friend. How are you? I hope you are having a great time at Christina, Tom, and Ian’s house. I know they are treating you well and I hear that you love to go on walks with them – even in the freezing cold weather! In this letter, I wanted to tell you a little bit about my time in Ecuador and let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you. 🙂
Since I have been here, I have seen something that I think you will find very interesting. Oftentimes, dogs get leftover food from lunch for their meals . . . you would LOVE this! That would mean you would get meat, bread, rice, vegetables, and everything else! Crazy, huh? With that being said, however, I still believe that your dog food is the healthiest thing for you – even though your stomach may not want to agree.
Many people have asked me why I didn’t bring you to Ecuador with me. Even though I walk a lot . . . Ecuador would not be a good place for you. Cars honk a lot, cars drive very fast, the weather changes multiple times throughout the day, and there is very little grass for you to sniff. Believe it or not, most dogs go to the bathroom on the sidewalk – which is not your favorite thing to do, I know. Also, I am gone from the house a lot each day. In the mornings, I am usually gone for 3 hours to learn Spanish. And in the afternoon/evening, I am gone for 7 to 8 hours. That would leave me very little time to spend with you. Plus, there are a lot of fireworks in Riobamba and I know the noise would scare you. Even though I would love to see you, walk with you, and pet you, I still believe that coming to Ecuador without you was the wisest decision. My heart doesn’t like that, but I will get to see you soon, okay?
Listen to this! I went for a run last week and a dog bit my pants leg! Can you believe that?!? I was just running by and he ran up and bit my pants! I couldn’t believe it! I know you would never do something that, right? Plus, then I had a strange dog’s slobber on my pants . . . gross!
A couple of weeks ago, I visited the beach! Here is a picture of some of the friends who were at the beach with me. Their names are Matt and Sarah. I bet you would like them because they’re really nice people to hang out with. Sarah and I went swimming in the ocean and played in the waves. The waves were HUGE that day and it was fun to learn how to swim under the waves to avoid getting knocked down in the ocean. Next, I tried boogie-boarding. It was a great afternoon!
As I mentioned earlier in this letter, I am trying to learn Spanish. Maybe you could ask Christina, Tom, and Ian to teach you a few Spanish words too. That way, when I return to the U.S., I can give you commands in Spanish and you’ll understand. You’re up for some new learning, right? It will keep you young. Plus, I strongly believe that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Remember, I will be back in the U.S. at the beginning July. I should be back for the Fourth of July, so we can celebrate Independence Day together. In the meantime, know that I think of you often. There are a lot of stray dogs here and whenever I see them, I always think of you and what a good friend you are to me. Continue to have a great time in your new home and I will see you soon, ok? Chao! (Hey – that can be your first Spanish word! It means bye!)
(P.S. If you could write a letter to your pet – imaginary or real – what would you say? Please write a comment to me!)