walk honey & peach in central park
This was a BIG one guys! Mission: get Kelsi's fur babies Honey Bee & Peach from Kentucky (where they live with my mom and step-dad) all the way to the BIG APPLE to walk them in Central Park. Kelsi's birthday fell on Memorial Day this year so I thought doing the walk over Memorial Day weekend would be the perfect way to celebrate. But did I mention...I'M ALLERGIC TO DOGS!? (minor detail)
A little background on these precious pups: Kelsi had one dog for 14 years (that's over half her life), her Chichuahua Chi Chi . Chi Chi was the love of Kelsi's life and what she considered the closest thing to her possibly ever having a child. When Chi Chi passed away and we were so worried how it would affect her mental health we did the only thing we knew could help her stay positive...get her a new dog!
Honey Bee (the came firrst and Kelsi was smitten. Unfortunately when Honey was a puppy Kelsi was hospitalized so much that Honey wasn't getting the love and attention she deserved. So once again we did the next logical thing....and got ANOTHER dog! Little Peach who's fur is the exact same shade of red as Kelsi's hair. (That's Honey, Kelsi and Peach on July 4th, 2016 above)
Keep in mind these are two VERY small town dogs. They pretty much stay in the house and only go outside to go potty (<--- this will prove to become a major obstical later). So they needed a little bit of training before we headed to the big city! As you can see, it went just OK....
We chose to drive them to New York. Why drive and not fly? Well they aren't certified companion dogs, and since we were already going to culture shock them in the city, we decided taking them through and airport and putting them on a plane was just not a good idea. So we packed them up in my mom's jeep and headed out on a 2 day road trip to the big city!
I wore one of Kelsi's Wildfox t-shirts (one of Kelsi's favorite brands) with cavaliers on it on day one of our trip. This was actually a gift from me on the last birthday Kelsi ever celebrated on this Earth, so it is rreally special to me.
Surprisingly the girls were pretty chill and did great in the car! It wasn't until we checked into our hotel in Virginia on night one did Peach decide to freak out. Panting uncontrollably, wouldn't sleep and refused to go potty outside the hotel or go at all. Poor thing was so stressed - why didn't we bring doggy Xanax?! (is that a thing?). But the show must go on! After a night of very little sleep for all of us, we hit the road for day 2!
NEW YORK WE HAVE ARRIVED!!! First things first, we checked into the adorable hotel I partnered with for this trip, StayPineapple Hotel! If you can't tell by the name it is a pineapple-themed hotel located in Midtown and it's extremely pup-friendly! I almost cried when we walked into the lobby because I know Kelsi would how obsessed with the decor. In fact, for her 25th birthday we had her a pineapple-themed luau birthday. They even provided two doggie beds in our room and Peach FINALLY decided she could relax!
NEW YORK WE HAVE ARRIVED!!! First things first we checked into the adorable hotel I partnered with for this trip, StayPineapple Hotel! If you can't tell by the name it is a pineapple-themed hotel located in Midtown and it's extremely pup-friendly! I almost cried when we walked into the lobby because I know Kelsi would how obsessed with the decor. In fact, for her 25th birthday we had her a pineapple-themed luau birthday! They even provided two doggie beds in our room and Peach FINALLY decided she could relax!
We had a VERY special guest join us for our walk in the park: Katy-Starck Monte and Kelsi were online "cysters" for many years. She's a cystic fibrosis fighter who has had not one, but TWO double lung transplants PLUS a kidney transplant. Today she's doing great, is a nurse, married to her #1 fan Joey...plus how adorable is she?!
Katy and her pup Chloe coming to Queens to walk with us totally made our day and made completing this list item extra special. Kelsi had to be smiling down on us so hard! I only wish they had gotten the chance to meet in person, but I'm so grateful Kelsi brought another wonderful human into my life. And Honey and Peach are happy to have a new friend too. Thank you Katy & Chloe!