I know. You're all shocked.
Darcie and Owen walked out into the hotel parking lot to meet me, and right away Owen started giving me kisses and nibbles (Darcie calls it "corn-on-the-cobbing"). He was all tail-waggy and smiley and I fell in love immediately. We talked a lot about team training, expectations, fears and worries, and maybe most importantly, what I anticipate getting from our new partnership.
Owen was a total character, he was happy the whole time I was there and was more than happy to hang out next to me and get pets. I got lots of kisses the whole time I was there, and Darcie warned me that he gets a little out of hand with all of his affection. :)
We also talked about what the next few days will look like. Initially, we are just going to spend some time getting Owen and I acquainted. Tomorrow I have to be on campus in the morning, but Darcie will meet me there with Owen when I am done. Darcie is going to be handling Owen in the beginning, and while she is doing that he can visit and say "hi" to people, so we will go into the education building so I can show him off to a few people.
After that, we are planning to go back to my apartment to introduce Owen to Toby (yikes!). Darcie also said she would probably leave Owen with me for a little while tomorrow, not to go anywhere, but to get to know each other on our own. I have a chiropractor appointment in the afternoon (thank goodness), but Owen won't be coming to that. There wouldn't really be a point because I am definitely going to have another one before team training is over, and it will be more beneficial to have Darcie go with me when I know what I'm doing with Owen, as opposed to tomorrow when I have yet to handle him at all. Other than that, I don't know. We'll just have to see how the rest of the day goes.
And on that note, good night! I haven't slept right in over a week and I'm exhausted!
Oh, did anybody see the top of my page where I have the countdown. It says: "Today is the day!". I may have cried a little bit when I saw it.