Well, we lucked out for the whole traveling with a pup thing. As it turns out, Tasha is a better traveller than I am! We got in the car and after her initial excitement that we were going somewhere, she just curled up and went to sleep. She looked like this most of the way there:
Every two hours or so, she would pop up and start standing up and laying down to indicate that she needed to make a stop within the next 15 minutes. Yes, she gave us about 15 minutes before she really had to go! Apparently, a rest stop is like Disneyland for dogs. There were so many smells and so many people to watch, she would get out of the car with a HUGE smile on her face which wouldn’t go away until she went to sleep for the next leg of the trip. If we stopped at a gas station, she would do her business and then be content to watch the world go by.
After about 8 hours of driving, we finally made it to the hotel. Of course, they had changed their pet policies on Wednesday, but because we had made our reservation a long time ago, they grandfathered Tasha in with no complaint. Let me tell you, it is a very weird feeling to have a dog in a hotel room.
And, of course the only real hiccup during the whole thing is that 5 minutes into being in the hotel room, Tasha decides to throw up. Luckily, LD got the garbage can under her head quickly enough, but I saw charges galore as she was starting to heave.
The wedding that LD and I went to was amazing! We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them. However, because we had gotten up so early and had been driving all day, we weren’t able to stay and party with them as much as we would have liked.
On the way home, we stopped at my uncle’s house and had a great time with them. We got to see their new house, LD learned some golf technique, and we got to walk a bit and stretch our legs. Tasha loved my aunt, but apparently when she is tired from traveling, my larger than life personality uncle just is a bit too much for her. Although, I think my mother would agree with her on that after all the family Christmas where my mom would be nursing her coffee (clearly not a morning person) and my uncle would skip out of his room with a rousing, “Good morning, Ellen!” Considering how tired Tasha was, I think she did wonderfully well.
With a few headaches due to construction, we made it home. I think the trip was a success and I would be ready to travel with Tasha almost anywhere; never thought that I would say that.