Heading West

(For all the FB folks, you need to click on the link to the blog page to really appreciate this)

West-Southwest, actually.

Tomorrow, I will drive (according to Mapquest) 963 miles to Houston Texas, taking Martha to her Mama, Megan. That will be a single day record for me. . . I’ve done 600 in a day many times, so this is reach for a PR (personal record).

The things a daddy will do for his daughters.

Megan and her roommates “Fostered” Martha after her mother was killed by a car when she was only 3-4 weeks old. Megan quickly noticed Martha was a special and the rest is, as they say. . . history.

We have “dog-sat” her here in SC for a few months while Megan got settled at medical school and now it is time for them to be reunited. My hope is that Megan is as happy to see me as she is Martha.

I will tell you that there will be lots of sad faces in Aiken  tomorrow. I know that everyone thinks their dog is special and the best dog in the world and I get that. Martha however,  is the sweetest dog I have ever been around  (and I’ve always been around dogs) and I’m going to miss her more than I care to acknowledge.   My guess is that our four, black labs will miss her exuberance also, well, maybe.

Tonight, they are having “girls night” here…pizza, movies  and a slumber party in a big girl’s bed as her crate is already packed.

Here is Martha’s life in a few pictures and I’ll be back on Friday.

Thanks for endulging me.


First Photo I have


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An early trip to the vet


Graduating from Auburn with Megan.  War Eagle!


First trip to the beach, Edisto Beach, SC to be exact.


Looking out her window



We have learned not to leave socks around



Elissa with Martha on the river


My  guide on the Savannah River in Augusta, GA



Snickers, (L)  showing Martha how not to behave during dinner. Begging is not part of the routine here, but rules are made to be broken.


Girl’s night tonight!!.  Kelliann, Alicia, Martha and Big Red, getting his head in the photo. (That’s Mackenzie behind Kelliann)

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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18 Responses to Heading West

  1. P & J says:

    Keeping you in our prayers for safe travel. These photos are awesome!

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  2. Linda Gill says:

    Awesome post, Ray! Be safe tomorrow. Since you have been around dogs all your life, this sweet doggie has to be REALLY special. Know you will all miss her. Blessings, my friend!

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  3. Safe trip daddy, I am sure your daughter is grateful, and so is Martha. Have a great visit.

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  4. What a good dad! I told my husband how far you were driving and he was impressed and I quote, “Holy Cow!!! That is a long way for one day.”
    Yep the things we do for our kids…..and someday they will do the same for their kids.

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  5. First, ignore mapquest and just call it 1,000 miles. You have my permission. Second in the race between cute puppies and daddies, daddies place second. A tie when daddy drives 1,000 miles to bring said cute puppy. Safe travels and drink lots of caffeine.

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  6. lisanne3015 says:

    Martha needs her own blog…she is so very visually appealing! 🙂

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  7. ….and we think a 200 mile drive is a long way!

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  9. janowrite says:

    What a beautiful dog!

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