How on Earth did I fit that much crap into my Prius? Seriously. I would've posted sooner, but I've been up to my armpits in things to unpack and organize. I have far more books than when I left (oh what a difference a year makes).
The trip was uneventful. We drove for almost 14 hours on the first day, and that is counting all the stops for the pup and myself to stretch. She did a great job riding in her crate. She napped for most of the trip even without drugs! When we finally got to a stopping place in Pearl, Mississippi I started calling around to all of the motels I could see from a gas station to see who took pups. As it turns out, almost NO motels/hotels take dogs...not really surprising but still frustrating. Finally, right as I was reaching the end of my rope and thought we might just kick it on into Louisiana, the desk attendant at the Quality Inn told me that the Jameson takes dogs. Turns out it was one exit down, and they did indeed welcome Miss Daisy. It was quite a swanky room on the first floor, and we were right near a door to the parking lot, so she had easy access to some walks and quality potty time. She was really wound up after a day in the car, but overall she did very well.
The trouble came at bedtime.
She's crate trained. Thoroughly. She always sleeps in her crate. However, the way the car was packed, I was really afraid the entire cargo area would avalanche if I took her crate out, so I decided I would drug her and hope for a good night's rest. I gave her a dose of the vet's tranquilizers and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, around 11:00, she dozed off on the bed. She had three pillows, I had one. She wrapped herself around my head, but if it meant I got some sleep I was fine with it. We had three hours of blissful rest until....
She heard a door slam down the hall. It was all downhill from there. She got up growling and she paced and generally acted anxious until I finally gave it up, got dressed, and prepped our stuff to leave at 4:00. We were back on the road by 4:45 and we arrived in Texas around 11:30.
I couldn't be more pleased with the way she traveled. It could've been a real chore, but she did a great job. Ever since we've been in my mom's house she's been doing well. She's taken to the dog door with no problem, she loves going in and out at will, and she likes being able to nap on my bed when I'm working on the computer (like right now...snore snore). I would show you pics but my card reader is dead. Hold that thought, I should have a steady flow of Daisy pics for you by later in the week.
As for me, I'm adjusting well, too. We're having family over today for cake and ice cream to celebrate my coming home, and I've been enjoying awesome Tex-Mex food, my favorite Chinese place, and some good old home cookin'.
And did I mention I bought a book? Of course! Because I have so much room for new books. Hastings is a favorite books/music/movies store. They sell used books now, so I picked up a hardcover copy of Fay Weldon's essays, Godless in Eden, yesterday for 99 cents. What a deal! Who cares if I don't have room for even one more book! Eeek!
For now I'm off to help get the burgers ready to grill for lunch, and I have a red velvet cake to ice. I'll check back later!