I hadn’t seen my family since the holidays, so a quick summer trip to Milwaukee would have normally been a cause for celebration. But last week’s last minute trip wasn’t all fun and games. Sadly, due to nonstop complaints from elderly neighbors (including 1 dramatic call to the cops) and threatening emails from the landlord about Tilly’s barking, I was out of options. You named it, I tried it. I was pulling my hair out trying to find a solution.
Unfortunately I was forced to make the decision to remove Tilly temporarily from our small and empty apartment in hopes that we could straighten out her separation anxiety. With my pup in tow, I flew home to Wisconsin to drop Tilly off for a tough love “boot camp” summer of dog training with my family. But as the Reid family will teach you, even when a trip has a sad purpose, you can still have the best time.
I made it home in time to watch Camryn graduate middle school, meet baby Emerald
(so tiny & adorable!), play a few rounds of badminton in the backyard, teach Camryn a driving lesson on 3-point turns, and spend a winery day with Mom in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I was so happy to be home.
We even managed to squeeze in a quick day trip to Door County, Wisconsin for Father’s Day. The family was brave and all went went zip lining in nearby Sturgeon Bay, flying over pastures of farm land and cows. Total Wisconsin experience for sure. I can check that one off the bucket list now!
Door County was beautiful in the sunny weather and the water is deep green, tempting you to bravely stick your toes in, despite the chilly weather. The rocky beaches were perfect for climbing and exploring for miles. Once it warms up this summer, I can picture my family making another trip back for more quality beach time. When you live that far north, you have to soak up as much Vitamin D as you can get your hands on.
All in all, I know Tilly is in great hands. I’m so thankful for family (as far away as they may live) that has my back. And I’m already counting down the days until I can reunite with my (well-behaved) puppy later this summer.