We arrived in New York that evening another place that Cuddles and I have never been before, so it was the first time for the both of us. It was truly amazing. After we got settled in the motel Don says to me "Dan why don't you and Cuddles come with me for a walk down to Times Square and check it out. I thought to myself this is a big city and it's night and then I said " It's time to look my fears in the eyes".
Then I said to Don, sure Don, Cuddles and I will go. As we were walking down the sidewalk I could hear so much traffic and people passing by. When we got to a corner I was amazed at the amount of people standing there waiting to cross also. Then when we did get to cross it took a very long time because the streets are so wide. Some of the streets in Manhattan are 4 to 5 lanes wide.
I have to admit it was cool walking around Time Square at night. To be honest with you that is something I would not have done by myself. It was reassuring having Cuddles guide me around Times Square safely.
The next morning we all went out for coffee at Starbucks. I remember how she stood so still and patient no matter were we went. After we had coffee we went to the subway and took a train to the Empire State Building. When we arrived CNN news was there. They were standing there with a representative of the Empire State Building; she was a very nice lady. She asked us to follow her; we walked in and were escorted past the line of people to the elevator.
As we ascended toward the top of the building I thought of Cuddles and how just getting on the elevator was an amazing task in itself. Then to have the long ride up to the top of this massive skyscraper was something else. I know my ears popped on the way up. I wondered how this made Cuddles feel, but when we reached the top she was just fine (My little soldier). Cuddles seemed to even like it up there. She licked the lime stone like it was her personal salt block. It was very crowded up there and Cuddles guided me through the people, it amazed me.
When we left there we went to a wicked good deli for lunch. It was the Carnegie deli. People seemed to be amazed seeing a horse standing in there having lunch. From there we took another train to the ferry to take us to the statue of liberty.