I have been on many road trips but this is my third cross country road trip. Every time I have to climb back in that car I dislike road tripping more and more. It wouldn’t be too bad if we could just stop and go see things…today, for example, we kept passing things with the name “cave” and “park” in the name on the signs but since we have the dog and are trying to get cross country in a certain time frame we don’t really have the luxury of being able to stop and sight see. *insert frowny face here*
Gwen did much better today in the car than she did yesterday. She barely made a sound and was very good at all of the rest stops. When it comes to rest stops, the ones we stopped at today (mostly truck stops and a restaurant were clean and even the human bathrooms were clean. Thank goodness! We have stopped at some pretty nasty rest stops in the past!
Here’s an example of a gross rest stop, and what makes it worse is it is the PET AREA that was gross! The human area was nice and clean. When we went to pick up Gwen from the breeder she was only 9 weeks old so that meant that we had to make a few rest stops since the trip was about 4 hours to home. You couldn’t take a step without looking and almost stepping in some yucky dog poos! Clearly some people need to learn to pick up after their dogs. I don’t care what you do at home, but in a public place, please pick up after your critters! Because that rest stop in South Carolina, right outside of Charleston — I think it was Ladson — had a very, very gross Pet Area.
After our last pit stop, we figured that maybe Gwen could ride the last hour and a half in the front with us instead of her spot on the back seat with her crate. Yeah, that didn’t last long…only about a half hour before I plopped her back in the back seat again. I was covered in dog hair and she couldn’t get comfortable and then we started to “argue.” Gwen didn’t like where I kept trying to rest my hand so she’d bark at it then get all snappy at me. If you said anything to her then she would “sass” back. She kept barking quietly and it sounded like she was talking!
This was Day 2 of our trip, we made it to Topeka, KS. I even helped drive today! A whole 2 hours!!