I am Walter and this is my World.

I am Walter and this is my World.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ocean, here we come!

Has anyone ever seen this great commercial? A lady is working at her humdrum job when suddenly her little heart bursts out of her chest, goes into the bosses offices and quits. then it marches out of the building. The best part is the very end when it marches out on its little legs. AWESOME! and it reminds me of our upcoming roadtrip.

I know I told you we were going south but I didn't have time to tell you the whole story. Here it is. you all knew I was looking for a place to go - so I jumped on a plane. I had no plan or contact other than to "follow my heart." Goofy, simple, possibly stupid.

But get this.

When I flew down I met a really nice couple on the plane. I told them my story, that I was looking for a place because of Walter and we exchanged numbers in case I got near their neck of the woods near Key West. Then we all go our separate ways and I start my search, wending my way down the coast without any hotel reservations. (this is the week of New Years eve, NOT a good time to not have hotel reservations.) sure enough, by night four I was homeless. I called the nice couple from the plane, and asked if they have any friends who'd rent me a couch for the night. They called their friends and co-workers and whipped us up a little miracle.

One of their co-workers (HI STEVE!!) let me stay in the vacation cottage next to their house and right on the water for FREE. Then the next day we found a little pink house nearby that would be for rent Feb 1st and it's only one block off the beach. It is LESS (half) of the rent we pay now. And it gets better. we learned one of our soon-to-be neighbors has a pug, Louie (HI LOUIE!!!) and so when I met Louie's owners, I started explaining that I have this pug and he was hit by a car and we really need to move someplace warm...and the guy looks funny and he says:

"Is it Walter?"

I'm not kidding. I just stared. Thunderstruck.Turns out they'd been following Walter's blog and knew our whole story. I couldn't believe it. There I am, so far from home...and the people there know Walter. If that isn't faith rising to meet us, baby, I don't know what is.

So OFF WE GO into the wild blue yonder! and you're all coming with us!~!!!!! I am a bit nervous about everything, but mostly in an excited way. I am telling you all - Walter has taught me anything is possible and if you just have faith, the road will rise to meet you.

-Believe that some boundaries are meant to be crossed.
"Do not let your fire go out. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible it is yours."
- Ayn Rand

-Believe there is always, always a way.
"When you have exhausted all possibilities,
remember this. You haven't."
- Thomas Edison

- These quotes are taken from this amazing little book called "Believe." I highly recommend a copy for every household. I've re-read it almost every day - or anytime I get nervous about our trip. It's lovely. We will try to keep you posted from the road. I opted to stay in hotels rather than visit with all of you on the way, only for walter's stamina's sake. He has very sleepy days, and next to no excercise right now, so the trip will be exhausting for him. Meeting new people and pugs on top of that would be too much I think. Please pray for our safe travels. It is a long way to go. (also ice-free roads and fart-free back seats if you have extra time.)


Yoda & Brutus said...

Sounds like fate - we will pray for your safe travels. Would have loved to have met you and Walter but we understand. Too much stress is not a good thing! I am sure both you and Walter will love the warmer weather too :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

BRUTUS said...

What a story! Certainly does sound like it's meant to be! Ever heard of a book called The Celestine Propechy? (I think John Redmond is the author) - it talks about coincidences in life that are more than coincidences, and how following your heart/gut can lead you where you are "supposed" to go.
Wishing you and Walter safe travels, and keep us posted!!

Michelle & Brutus

Salinger The Pug said...

WOW....what an amazing story!! A story that should be written and published by a fabulous and talented author (hmmmm?????).

We LOVE happily ever afters!!!!!

Our guest room here in Indy is yours, just let us know! We may even have to road trip down to FL sometime because Mom LOOOOOOVES her some beach!!!!!!


Mel said...

That is crazy! You gotta love the internet!

Congrats on starting an exciting new phase in your lives!

(Otis would like to remind Walter to be careful about hot sand on the feet and to chase lots of seagulls for him!).

So happy for you guys!!!

dw said...

Walter's story has been heard far and wide across this great globe and everyone is hoping Walter (and Heather) finds happiness and warmth in sunny Florida. Have safe travels, pleasant smelling cars, great adventures and wonderful meetings! All the best!

Pearl said...

I am just SPEECHLESS, Heather!!!!
I really do think that if you take a leap of faith and do something that feels right, God provides for us in incredible ways.

I can't WAIT to go along on this journey with you and Wally Boy! Pearl sends her love to you from Oklahoma!!!!

agent99 said...

What great news! Have a safe trip to your new home. And if you run into trouble near Chicago, there is always an extra bed and some pug treats here for you. Pleeeeease keep everyone posted on your travels, you have no idea how inspiring Walter is!
We Believe.

Love Gen & the Foo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my gosh heather and walter!
i have goodebumps!
i am so excited for you and your wonderful adventure!
how truly amazing you both are ~ 2 bright lights on a journey lighting up so many smiles!

m & e

The Devil Dog said...

The world is actually very, very small. But dad still doesn't want to paint it.
That is an amazing story. Good job.


Winston (smilingpug) said...

Oh this sounds like it is meant to be. I am confident the travel down there will go fine, if there are bumps along the way it seems that something good will come out of it. Enjoy Florida. We look forward to your travel posts, keep us posted. The beach is a wonderful place for pugs!

Winston and Lise

Anonymous said...

OMG that is awesome and I totally agree, it is fate.

Walter will have an awesome beach to run on and a new friend to play with and now you have more support going there. Just wow.
Are you giving up your place in Mn? and moving everything to flordia?

Isn't Charlotte cute? I want a pug puppy now lol.

Jennifer Sneed said...

So exciting Heather and Walter!!! Florida will be sooooo awesome. And I love the story, how amazing that the guy knew Walter. Wally that is so amazing how you have had such a wonderful effect on people.

We love you and are praying for you!!!

Jennifer and Maxwell

Asta said...

Fiwst let me wish you a belated happy biwfday..I'm so sowwy I'm late. I hope you had a most wondewfu celebwation!!!
I hope you continoo to get wondewful miwacles and youw twip to flowida will bwing you endless happiness
smoochie kisses

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

This is such a wonderful story! It was absolutely meant to be that you found your pink little house. We can't wait to see pictures of it and of course Walter too.

We're goin' to be prayin' for safe travels and minimal farting on the road.

Lot's of snorty smushface love,
Stella, Gunther and Betty

Stubby said...

Hi Heather & Wally! What an amazing story! What's meant to be is meant to be and you guys have shown what perseverance can do.

I too believe that things work out. You guys have taught me so much and I thank you for that.

Here's wishing you a safe trip to Florida. Don't be surprised if you my mom down there (with the rest of the gang) because she loves her some Florida!

Stubby xoxo

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

What an awesome story! Have a great trip!!

Sequoia & Petunia said...

This is great! We think its awsome that they knew about Walter and you already. We hope you two have a great trip!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Ya know what? This story is so amazing-I am sure it is making smiles happen across the whole world!
This is The Incredible Journey for sure.
Miracles do happen,and we cannot wait to read the new eppisodes of Walter in Florida!
We are sooo happy for you

Harry Pugalicious said...

I was overwhelmed with emotion when you said he knew Walter. That is fate. That is destiny.

We are big fans of "Believe". We believe this will be a great adventure for you and Walter - and that he will thrive way down south.

Believe got my Saints to the Super Bowl and if that's not power, I don't know what is!
Safe travels!

Carrie said...

Good luck guys! I'm sure you'll enjoy Florida. I was never able to send Wally some recovery treats and would like to send some down to FL. Can you let us know where you are once you guys get there and get settled?

Dutch the Pug said...

YAY your coming to Florida...there will be lots of crazy pug events this year too! Walter and you will love the weather!!! What a crazy story.. it is such a small world!

Rachel said...

Wow - I just got goosebumps reading that story!! What a blessing - absolute providence. Happy and safe travels! Keep us updated.

Anonymous said...

Awwww - Yay Wally! That is such a cool story :)
Jenny (and Abby Grace & Lilypug)