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On Serendipity, Transitions, and Cadeau


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Those of you that ever had the pleasure to know our Audi A4 Cabrio knew our license plate was SRNDPTY.

ser·en·dip·i·ty

ˌserənˈdipədē
noun
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way,
the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for

I have long believed that you find what you are looking for the minute you stop looking, that you find what you need if you are open to receiving it in unlikely places and from unlikely sources, and that if you follow your instincts - your gut - about what to do it almost always results in an agreeable outcome.

In our travels in Montana, all we really knew was we wanted to see the sun, the beach, and to be warm again. We needed to head south. And we wanted to get out of the U.S. So, we changed our plans, as I've detailed in recent posts, and decided to go to Mexico early. This lead to a decision to spend a month in Fort Collins to visit my family and to get things done like doctor appointments and some car stuff. Having made these decisions, we headed on to Calgary and Banff for a great trip. What we didn't know was how much we would need the month in Fort Collins and how ready we would be for Mexico, in more ways than we knew...

If you follow us @Arrradventures, you will know that Cadeau had two seizures while we were in Canmore, Canada. As soon as we got to Fort Collins, we had her fully checked out and found that she had a brain tumor. We had to let her go this past Friday. So needless to say, we are in a major transition now. From our road life with the Boo, to our international life. From life as a family, to life as a couple. From the constraints of loving an older dog (did I mention she made it to 14 1/2 years? Over 100 in people years!), to the freedom of no obligations (except to each other ;-).

While it may seem like chance that we now have this time to mourn, to heal, and to wrap our heads around what it means not to have Cadeau with us anymore, I believe it's more truly serendipity. Though we didn't seek this, per se, we certainly will benefit from it and, other than the agony of losing our best friend, we are finding Fort Collins more than agreeable.

It's sad. It's weird. It's a little scary. It's going to be really different. And, we are so excited. There is a measure of relief in letting Cadeau go. She didn't suffer, as promise I made to her when I adopted her, and for being able to keep my promise I will be eternally grateful.

Sweet, Sweet Cadeau

cad·eau

Gender: Female
Pronunciation: kad-DOH
Meaning of Cadeau: "gift"
Origin of Cadeau: French

The name Cadeau is a girl's name of French origin meaning "gift".
From the experts:
Cadeau puts a decidedly exotic twist on the word name trend, but don't be surprised if you encounter ponies and puppies with the same moniker.

She was a gift from the day I got her...
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...to her last.
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I wanted to share and remember her life here. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

She was silly (or maybe patient with my silliness).
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She could blend in...
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Sleep ANYWHERE!
The beach was a favorite...
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Second only to Joe and Anne Marie's grass...
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But bars were ok...
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Outdoor concerts...
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Of course our beach house, fire pit, and docks anywhere...
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Couches and chairs...
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The floor of the Audi and the back of Ruby. She spent so many hours over the last few months happily sleeping as we traveled.
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Once in awhile, she woke up to see where we were.
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She loved her friends...
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...and she loved the beach...
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...and she LOVED the snow...
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...AND SHE ABSOLUTELY ADORED NACHOS FROM CANTINA MARINA!
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MOM! Let me down! There's a nacho down there!

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Got any nachos up there?

COME TO THINK OF IT, SHE WAS THE BEST BAR DOG EVER!

She rode on boats...
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...paddle boards...
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...in convertibles...
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...in her backpack...
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...and on floats.
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But mostly, she was family.
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She was ALWAYS with me.
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And she will be truly missed. Goodbye, sweet, sweet Cadeau.
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Posted by mrb430 11:32 Archived in USA Tagged cadeau Comments (2)

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