The title is the recipe for the best birthday surprise given to me by my son. We recently were talking about how much we miss our Gracee dog and that, although it's not likely we'll be able to get another one, there is still room for a Scottie in my life. Grand-scotties are also not feasible right now, so we brainstormed. Perhaps I could be a vacation sitter for a local Scottie, but how to find one. Meanwhile Bryant's wheels were turning scheming up something for my birthday. This is what unfolded:
1. He googles Scotties in our city and found comments for a local bed and breakfast where guests were greeted by the resident Scottie dog. He called the b&b to find the dog deceased and the establishment under new ownership. Kind new proprietor contacted the former owners.
2. B is put in touch with Ruth who explains that although Tosh was indeed deceased, she still had two Scotts in her house, Taegan and Torri.
3. On Sunday I had a birthday massage scheduled, ending at 3:15. A call from the boy indicated he needed a ride home from the nearby location at the same time. We meet, and although it's pouring with rain he suggests we do a geocache, another of my passions, located in a park, a three minute walk away.
4. Walking to the park, B says the name of the cache is Torri's Stash. I'm thinking, gee I haven't heard of that one, must be new. He is doing a good job of geo-faking, pretending to use his phone's GPS. Once at the park I see two Scottie dogs on leash and go into my usual Scottie enthusiasm. "Bryant, Bryant, Scotties, let's go pet the Scotties!"
5. "Mom, meet Torri the geocache, Happy Birthday!" He had a arranged a playdate with Scotties and their sweet owners who invited us to their place for tea and Scottie company. Lovely people and their dogs, and in our lives' ever increasing six degrees of separation moments, found that she had a business relationship for over 25 years with the dad of B's movie co-producer. In fact she remembers the day Joel was born!
Can you imagine getting call from a perfect stranger wanting you to share your dogs with his Scottie starved Mom? Thank you Bryant, Ruth, Rex, Tory and Tegan.
Look at this noble Scott:
Dear Bryant proves that with a bit of creativity, the best things in life are free.