I’m all prepared for my trip tomorrow. I’ll be in Vegas for seven days next week, and my parents agreed to watch Mr. Grumples. They usually beg me to bring him home. My mom pays more attention to him than to me. I’m the type of person that can’t take my dog to a doggy hotel or kennel when I’m gone. Not that there is anything wrong with them, I just worry too much and feel bad. What if he thinks I left him or what if he gets sick? I just get separation anxiety. I feel so comfortable when he is at my parents. I know he loves it there, too.My goal is to make it home without unnecessary stops! I don’t want to add time by browsing the gas station for food, going through a drive thru, or pulling over to eat. I only want to stop for gas, Grumples breaks, and bathroom breaks. If I leave by 7am and make it home by 5pm, I’ll be a happy camper. I packed all of my snacks for the day in an insulated lunchbox. I know my mom will be cooking up something delicious for dinner (Mom, if you read my blog post…this is a hint) I chose easy to eat foods that won’t make a mess and that only require one hand. Before I forget, my cooler is Nicole Miller. I packed blueberries, sliced strawberries, carrots, ginger snaps, banana, hummus, Quest Bars, rice cakes, yogurt, and yogurt. I also packed bottles of water in a separate cooler. Oh, and Altoids just incase you get pulled over. You gotta slim the chances of a ticket! Traveling for a long time with your pup can either be good or bad depending on the type of dog and their personality.
Grumples actually loves car rides and gets excited to go on trips. To make it comfortable for him, I make a giant bed in the car with his dog bed and comfortable blankets. I dress warmer and keep the tempurature nice and cool for him. I make sure there is fresh water and food in the car. I also get him out to stretch and move around every time I stop. He usually sleeps the entire trip or chews on his bone. Before we go on long trips, I try to walk him a couple miles around the blog to make him sleep better. When we get to our destination, I run him around and let him get more energy out.