Road Trip!

We went on a road trip this weekend. Amelia was entered in a 3-day CPE agility trial, which was just far enough away that I decided to stay near the site rather than drive about 2 hours each way for three straight days.

So off we went, Amelia, Professor,  Joey, and I,  to a Holiday Inn near Harrisburg, PA. We had a great time. Professor was very good, and Amelia and Joey are old hands at traveling. Friday night, I had Professor sleep in his crate, but Saturday and Sunday nights he slept on the bed with the rest of us. It was pretty hot, and got hotter as the weekend went on, so everybody was very tired and ready to settle down and sleep hard all night.  Since they were crated all day at the trial, I didn’t want to leave them crated while I ate, so it was Room Service time! Professor was fascinated that people will come and knock on your door and bring food! What a concept! And he loved rearranging the pillows.

Professor with pillows

Professor and Joey, snuggled in

Her Majesty claimed the armchair

The trial site had an outdoor agility area, fully fenced with chain link, that we were allowed to use to run the dogs off-leash. Professor got to play with his buddy Twist, and also with a bc, a corgi, a poodle, and a cattle dog. He really enjoyed running around with his new buds, even when the poodle told him off for being an obnoxious puppy. The poodle was perfectly right, and Professor accepted being told off with no ill effects, and they went on to play happily together.

Saturday was Professor’s 6-month birthday, and he celebrated by being introduced to wickets. He was totally unimpressed, which is a good thing.

Amelia, on the other hand, is starting to show her age. She’ll be 11 in August, and she just can’t run like she used to. We had some very nice runs, but NQ’d because of time faults. I pulled her from a lot of classes because of the heat, and because it seemed kind of pointless. When she had a perfectly beautiful colors run, not making a single mistake, not putting a foot wrong, and ended up 6 seconds over time, it was very disappointing. But she got lots of treats, regardless, and got to play with me without the obnoxious puppy butting in, so it was all good for her.

Walking the three dogs together was a real adventure. Usually, I walk Professor and Amelia, then Professor and Joey. But I didn’t want to leave anyone alone in the hotel, so we sallied out together. Professor’s hobby is macrame with leashes, and he made some interesting patterns. Joey, of course, is blind, so he sort of bumbles around, and Amelia lunges at possible bunny holes. By the end of the weekend, though, it was getting better. Joey had figured out how high the curbs were, and was having fewer problems. There was a nice big grassy area right outside the door for the dogs to use.

Professor got to see a lot of new things. He has his doubts about ice machines, but was unfazed by the automatic doors. He met lots of people, and dogs, practiced stacking and being wicketed, and learned that sometimes he just has to sit in the car while Auntie Amelia gets to go do things. There was a photographer at the trial on Saturday, and I’ll try to import some of his (good) photos when he posts them.

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2 Responses to “Road Trip!”

  1. Terena Says:

    I am intrigued with the way you can just have your dogs with you in accomodation while travelling. While we have some places where you can bring your dog inside with you (usually caravan parks) not so often motels/holiday inns, mostly dogs are not even allowed on the premises in a car. Do you pay extra, or dry cleaning/carpet cleaning fees (which is often what happens here)? Also what is wicketed – the only wickets I am familiar with are those used in the sport of cricket, and I am sure it is nothing to do with that.

    • lizalundell Says:

      Because of inconsiderate dog owners, it’s getting harder to find hotels that are dog friendly, but there are still quite a few chains that allow dogs. Most premiums for dog events have a list of local hotels that allow pets. I paid a deposit and pet fee in addition to the hotel cost, and had to have someone from the hotel check the room when I left. Not a problem, my dogs didn’t eliminate in the room or eat the furniture, so I got the deposit back.I travel with large sheets which I put over the beds to keep pet hair off the bedspread. If there’s a place to put them,I’ll take the bedspreads off completely to keep hair off. They’re usually harder to clean than sheets (which will be washed anyway) and blankets, which I assume are washed periodically. I am fanatical about picking up after my dogs, and will pick up random piles as well. I don’t leave my dogs alone in the room unless crated, and rarely do that. I think twice I left Amelia and Joey crated, and took Professor off to visit the scary ice machine.

      If people are really bad about trashing the room, in conjunction with a show, the sanctioning body can take action against them. So, for example, AKC can suspend showing privileges if the hotel complains to them about exhibitors’ behavior. Some hotels in the US actually specialize in hosting dog shows.

      Wickets are measuring devices. They’re usually made out of plastic pipe. They’re a three-sided rectangle. The cross bar goes across the dog’s back, and the feet touch the floor. If your dog fits under the 16-inch wicket, it’s of a height that can jump 16 inches. If the wicket feet don’t touch, the dog is too large and must jump larger jumps. Once a dog has been measured officially, it can get a height card and doesn’t have to be measured after that. But I wanted Professor to experience wicketing before it was for real! Some dogs flip out about wickets coming over top of them. Professor isn’t old enough to be measured for a permanent card, of course. Wickets are sometimes also used to test breeds that have height restrictions, like whippets. The dog must be taller than the small wicket, and shorter than the large, or it’s not within standard.

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