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First Trip Away From Home

Posted by gooddogdc on June 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, things have been really busy around here!  So, this past weekend, Conner had his first trip away from DC.  We took him with us to visit my family in North Carolina.  It was a 5 hour car ride, and he did great!  He did not get carsick or whine or bark in the car.  We just packed him up in his crate and loaded it in the back of the car and he was good to go.  When we got to NC, we stayed with my sister who also has two dogs, a Pit/Lab mix and a Chihuahua mix.  Conner, of course, got along well with all of the dogs.  The Chihuahua decided that she was going to be the boss of him though, and she completely controlled where he went for the whole weekend - it was really funny!  He was completely submissive to her. 

At my sister's, he found this squeaky Kong doughnut shaped toy (that looked like a tennis ball).  Conner loved it!  He carried it around with him all weekend.

I also gave Conner his first bath, I have been using waterless shampoo to keep him clean.  He hated it, poor guy!  He was just trying to get away.  I think that it had alot to do with the fact that I was washing him with a hose.  The water was cold and it was spraying out pretty hard.  He might do better with warm water poured over him from a bucket next time.

So, all in all, the trip to NC was a huge sucess.  Conner was out pretty much the entire time, and he was very well behaved.  I think with all of the activity and other dogs, he was less interested in being mischevious and more interested in what everyone was doing.  The one thing that I did catch him doing twice was trying to chew on little loops of the carpet that were different from the rest of the carpet, they were a little raised up.  So, if you have carpet (I don't, and I don't think that he has ever seen it before), you may have to be extra vigilant the first few days to teach him good manners.

When we got back from our trip, we were going out one night, and I put Conner away in his crate.  Apparently, I didn't make sure that it was latch all the way (the bottom latch on our crate is broken and really hard to get in) because when we got home, Conner was out of his crate and sleeping on the couch.  There was a bag of rawhides that he had finished off (probably 6 left), an almost full bag a blueberry treats that he demolished, and his bag of food, which was still intact but on the floor - I guess after all of the rawhides and treats, he was to full to work too hard at getting to his kibble.  In his defense, all of these were left right on the counter (easy access for a tall dog).  The good news is that he was just asleep on the couch when we got home.  Also, NOTHING else was damaged - the cushions, furniture, and trash were all intact.  What a good boy!

Categories: Conner's Story (ADOPTED)