Cani

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I’m not sure how I’m starting my third week of classes tomorrow! I also can’t believe how I was in Venice two weeks ago on my whirlwind return to Florence from Kyiv. It’s starting to feel like spring in February which is pretty awesome. I did lots of spring cleaning today and worked on some upcoming group projects. I have a full day of classes tomorrow (9-5:30) then soccer! I am super excited to get outside and run around. I may or may not be considering joining the Marist Women’s Rugby Club team next year.

Today my grandparents sent me a picture of their sweet Golden Retriever, Goldie. She turned thirteen today! Seeing this picture of her melted my heart. Ever since she was a puppy, Goldie has loved chewing on bones and collecting big rocks. I still recall going with my grandma to a yellow house in Greenwich to pick her out! She was only a few weeks old then, surrounded by her brothers and sisters. I remember pointing out her, because I liked the color of her collar, and she seemed extra snuggly. The day she arrived at Nana & Pop’s house was very exciting. Unfortunately, she did not like car rides then; however, after thirteen years, she’s grown to tolerate them. So have I.  In a way, Goldie and I grew up together. I can’t wait to see her in May.

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Seeing so many adorable dogs in Florence makes me feel happy. But it also makes me sad, because I miss my pups back home. Although Lad is in Doggy Heaven, I can still picture him running rapidly around our backyard and him and Kiara getting hyped for dinner in our kitchen.

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Being away from dogs for so long makes me realize how they are such wonderful companions. A true best friend to comfort you during your highest highs and your lowest lows. There’s nothing like being greeted by a dog whether it’s been two hours and two weeks. The day I get home I’m going to play fetch with Kiara and go on a run down Lincoln Lane. I make my parents send me pictures of her at least once a week. My heart skips a beat every time I see a King Charles in Europe, hopeful for just a second that it’s my beloved Kiks.

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This little muffin is practically Kiara’s cousin. Winston Kitajewski joined Nicki and her family in New Jersey in January. He is a pure bred King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. I’m missing out on his youthful days, because by the time I see him, he will be all grown up! Nicki and I were both sad I didn’t get to meet him as a puppy, but she sent me over 300 photos and videos of this little nugget to make up for it. He is precious! And he got to spend a weekend on Syracuse’s campus! Bonus!

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Life in Florence is so fulfilling, but I do feel as though something is missing without a dog to greet me in my apartment. We frequently pet pups on the street, but it just isn’t the same. Treasure (and treat) your beasties for me while I temporarily can’t! xo ~ e.

Word of the day: cani (dogs)

Sasha made a DELICIOUS chocolate cake today.

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