There is No Place Like Home

Our three dogs
@BelleStarr (29318)
Portland, Connecticut
April 2, 2016 5:06pm CST
After 6 days on the road we arrived home in Connecticut this afternoon. To say that our dogs were over the moon to see us is a vast understatement. They couldn't stop rubbing against us and giving us doggy kisses. I am exhausted. It is going to feel good to get back into my own bed after 3 months. I have only just started to unload the car, we will finish it tomorrow. We went out to dinner with our daughter and the grandsons and now we are sitting with a heater and watching a little TV. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Have you ever been away from home for 3 months?
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@marlina (56979)
• Canada
2 Apr 16
I don't think that I could stand being away from our home for more than 2 weeks, although a few years back I was in the hospital for 3 months. Tougher 3 months in my life.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Apr 16
That is a reason no one wants to be away from home. I can well imagine that it was tough, I have never spent much ore than a month in the hospital.
• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Apr 16
I am sorry to hear this Marlin's.
• United States
2 Apr 16
Glad you made it home safe and sound....where were the pups while you were away? I'm sure they were delighted to see you again.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
They stayed at home with my 22 year old grandson Alex. He was my house/dog sitter
@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 16
I'm glad that you are safely home, and I can understand the delight of your dogs. We stayed in France for a year when we were younger.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Apr 16
Wow that you be wonderful except for the dogs. Where in France did you stay?
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
4 Apr 16
@BelleStarr We were about half an hour north of Paris - a place called Chantilly.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Apr 16
@jaboUK I love Chantilly, we went to the chateau to see the Leonardo that they have.It is a beautiful area.
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@jstory07 (57772)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Apr 16
The most we have been away from home is for one weekend.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
That is much more common I am sure than my being away for so long. It is good to be home again.
@nanette64 (11867)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Apr 16
What cute dogs @BelleStarr and I'll bet they did miss you guys. I'm exhausted just thinking about what you guys have been through. My longest stretch was 8 days and that was only because I was in the hospital for a ruptured appendix. And trust me, that was long enough.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Apr 16
Oh sorry to read this Nanette.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Oh that is terrible. I did spend a month in the hospital when I had my third son and know how hard that is.
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@nanette64 (11867)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Apr 16
@TiarasOceanView It was ruptured for 3 days. The poison was so bad, they had to cut me from the belly button down to my pelvic bone; pull out all my intestines; hose me out and it took 17 staples to close me back up. The surgeon said I had only about 1 hour left to live had I not gone to the hospital. This happened at age 59, which is a rarity.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
No, but I regularly leave for six weeks to two months at a time. It's always great to get home whether it's 2 days or 2 months! I'm off on a trip tomorrow for three days at Disney. The Epcot flower show is open and it's one I've always wanted to see. Glad you made it home safe and sound.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
My sister in law was talking about that show, maybe next year I will have to try to stay long enough to see it.
• United States
9 Apr 16
@BelleStarr I'm back now and It was very nice, lot's of cute scenes with Disney characters.
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@Juliaacv (19287)
• Canada
2 Apr 16
You'll sleep well tonight I bet! I've never been away for more then a week or so myself, I'm a home body so that's good for me. My parents used to go away for several months travelling here or there.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
I did sleep well, there is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
When my first husband and I moved to Winston-Salem, NC, we were there for a short 3 months. I was terribly homesick. I toughed it out. When my husband said we were moving back I jumped for joy. The first few nights back we stayed in a tent in my aunt's yard. Even so, it was good to be home.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Apr 16
For us it is a little different since both homes are ours and we do feel very much at home in Florida but I miss the grandkids and dogs!!
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• United States
8 Apr 16
@BelleStarr hard to leave them behind.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Apr 16
@ElusiveButterfly It is and next year I think we will bring the dogs with us.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Apr 16
No, I have never been away from home that long. I think the longest was probably just a week.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Apr 16
It didn't seem very long when it was going on but when I had to go through 3 months of mail!!! lol it was not fun.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
6 Apr 16
@BelleStarr No, that wouldn't be much fun at all.
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@bluesa (9587)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Apr 16
@BelleStarr , wow, no, I have never been away from home for three months! I would get so home sick! Enjoy being back home. :)
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Thank you it does feel good but we miss our other home a lot!!
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@bluesa (9587)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
4 Apr 16
@BelleStarr , it is not easy when you are fond of two places. But, I hope you settle happily back at this home now. :)
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@miniam (9309)
• Bern, Switzerland
3 Apr 16
glad you got home safely,enjoy being home,touching those familiar items and just beig you
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Apr 16
Thank you yes being around my familiar things is a good feeling.
@miniam (9309)
• Bern, Switzerland
17 Apr 16
@BelleStarr You are welcome.Hope you have now settled in.Have a good evening, im off to bed.
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@PainsOnSlate (18554)
• Canada
11 Apr 16
I'm glad you ae home safe and sound. I love your dogs, so cute!
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Apr 16
Thanks I think so too but they are bad!! Lol
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@Ruby3881 (2092)
• Canada
4 Apr 16
I am not made to travel! I've never been away for more than a week or so at a time, and I wouldn't really want to go for a longer trip unless I knew I could settle in a home away from home, somewhere else. My two older daughters are great travellers, though. They started visiting away from home alone when they were about 12-13. My oldest has been flying all over the country unescorted, for years. We drop them at the airport and the flight staff meet them after they clear security. When they reach their destination, an officer will meet them and take them to the military base. My oldest has flown everywhere from the Maritime provinces to British Columbia, to the Yukon in the north. These days when she leaves for work, she goes for 7 weeks at a time. She is never bothered by it at all, and in fact really looks forward to it.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Apr 16
Luckily in Florida it is our own home so we feel at home there. It is just long and hard driving between the two locations.
@DianneN (52743)
• United States
4 Apr 16
I've been away for 4 months, and got home today. Just plain too exhausted to talk. I'm sure the babies were thrilled to see you, as you were them!
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Yes i am still trying to recover!! This cold is not helping!!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Apr 16
I have Belle. Welcome home I love this photo
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Thank you I think my babies are quite cute but they are naughty lol
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• United States
3 Apr 16
no ma'am, can't say that i've done such. thinkin' the longest i've been gone's 'bout a month'n a half?? when my dad 'twas battlin' cancer back'n the hills. i got thoroughly mauled by the pups/cats here, shunned by a few horses 'n cows - licked by the rest.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Apr 16
The dogs have been so excited ever since we got home that we have been giving them lots of extra loving!! lol
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@UncleJoe (7159)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Apr 16
Perhaps I'm spoiled but nothing beats the comfort of my own bed and BATHROOM.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
The good thing about having our own home in Florida is that it was myown bed and bathroom just a different one!! lol
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@Tampa_girl7 (20972)
• United States
3 Apr 16
Glad you made it home safely.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Thank you, we were exhausted by it was a nice trip actually with only a little rain on the last leg.
@Lucky15 (33280)
• Philippines
2 Apr 16
When i work overseas. Like i am far away from my family. It is hard
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Apr 16
Luckily I had my husband with me and the two of us have always said wherever we are together is home!!
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@TRBRocks420 (56921)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Apr 16
Glad you are finally back home and, those are some awesome dogs.