Bonnie Oropallo with Susan and Charles Oropallo

Bonnie Oropallo relaxing on a warm floor – she’s thinking there’s just nothing like radiant floor heating! Photo by Charles Oropallo

This is a short story about how Charles Oropallo and Susan Oropallo came to adopt the newest member of their family, who would lovingly come to be known as Bonnie Oropallo.

In April 2016, Charles Oropallo’s mom, Arlene deSousa, was in a nursing home in Tampa, Florida. It was supposed to be a short stay while she convalesced in order to return to the living assistance facility she resided at. Arlene asked Charles if he would mind temporarily bringing her then 8 year old miniature poodle, Bonnie, to visit with him and his wife, Susan Oropallo, until she could get back to her home. Charles and Susan spoke about this, as they had been twenty years enjoying total freedom from kids and pets! But they agreed they’d watch Bonnie long enough for Charles’s mom to return home.

Bonnie Oropallo from Florida to New Hampshire

Bonnie's trip from the Tampa, Florida area to her new Peterborough, New Hampshire residence.
Bonnie Oropallo’s trip from the Tampa, Florida area to her new Peterborough, New Hampshire residence.

To visit with Charles and Susan Oropallo, Bonnie got the opportunity to enjoy the long ride from Tampa, Florida, all the way north to Peterborough, New Hampshire. Charles was not certain how often Bonnie would need to stop along the way. To be on the safe side, they stopped about every few exits. This made for a very long trip back – and Bonnie loved the trip.

With her arrival in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Bonnie went from two rooms in an assisted living facility in Tampa, Florida, to over ten rooms spread out over three floors in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Susan and Charles were surprised to discover Bonnie actually did not know how to use stairs. This presented a problem with there being two full flights of stairs between the three floors she now had the run of. One that Bonnie quickly overcame.

In June of 2016, Charles Oropallo and Susan Oropallo took Bonnie with them for a ride to visit Arlene deSousa at the nursing home she was in. Bonnie got to see Arlene just before Arlene was taken to an intensive care unit. Unfortunately, Charles’s mom, Arlene deSousa, passed. So Bonnie officially became adopted by Charles Oropallo and Susan Oropallo.

It was very apparent for many, many months that Bonnie missed Arlene very much. But ultimately, Bonnie became part of the Oropallo family. We refer to her as Bonnie Oropallo now. And Charles and Susan could not imagine Bonnie not being there with them.

Snow – Something New

Susan Oropallo - Charles Oropallo - Bonnie
Susan Oropallo – Charles Oropallo – Bonnie Oropallo during a January 2017 nor’easter blizzard in Peterborough NH

As far as Susan and Charles Oropallo know, Bonnie had never been in the snow before. The winter season of 2016-2017 in Peterborough, New Hampshire was probably her very first as far as was known.

Very much to Susan and Charles Oropallo’s surprise, it appears Bonnie really loves the snow. Go figure!

But then again, she doesn’t have to clean it, plow it, snow-blow it, or otherwise have to deal with it in any fashion other than playing in it and walking through it. Her favorite past time in the snow is climbing up snowbanks.

Rides are the Best

Bonnie Oropallo waiting impatiently to get into the car and go for a ride.
Bonnie Oropallo: C’mon, it’s time to go for a ride!

What does Bonnie seem to love the most? Going for a ride in any of the Oropallo’s cars – or anyone’s for that matter!

Short rides or long ones – Bonnie gets crazy excited when asked if she wants to go for a ride.

What Bonnie thinks is happening when it’s time for a ride only she knows for sure. She seems to just want to go wherever someone else wants to go.

Walks are the Next Favorite

Going out for walks is her next favorite thing to do. She has gotten way more exercise than she ever in her life had since living with Susan and Charles Oropallo.