Over the weekend, my husband and I took our pup to a family reunion about 3 hours from home. I thought that it's be fun for Grover because we have lots of kids in my family (I have a HUGE family, my mother has 12 brothers and sisters) and most all of my family loves dogs!
The 3 hour drive down proved to be a bit of a challenge. We have never really traveled that far with Grover. He doesn't really enjoy riding in the car very much, he whines and tries to get out of his seat belt harness and wants to be right on top of me. It can be a fiasco! But we also didn't anticipate all the small stuff, like what do you do with the pooch when you stop for lunch or to go the gas station? I've left Grover in the car for like 5 minutes before while I pump gas or run in to the station to pay. But never any longer than that. And in Arkansas, September is still very much summer time. So that was something I hadn't ever thought about. We ended up getting something to go and sitting at the park with Grover to eat, which worked out fine. But what do you do in the winter when you travel with a pup and need to stop?
The big thing that I really discovered this weekend though was that Grover is a TOTAL Momma's boy. He didn't want me out of his sight! At one point, husband took him around in the grass at a station so he could potty (we made a lot of stops, since this was Grover's first long car ride) and I went in the to pee. Husband said he totally freaked when I went in the store, whined, howled, barked, the whole bit. And then at the reunion, one of my cousins' kids asked if she could walk Grover around for a while. He WOULD NOT go with her.
I've created a big ole' baby! I don't mind it, but I also don't want him to be anxious every time I'm not around. I'm not sure how he got like this either, because he's spends just as much time with my husband as with me...well almost just as much time.
One thing I will say, Grover was a champ at the reunion! He was friendly and well behaved and he didn't even beg for food or anything (big for him!). I even let him off his leash to play ball with us! He came right back to me when I called. But he ate a lot of things I would NOT feed him. My aunts are nuts and if I turned my back for a second they were feeding him ham or a hamburger patty. That was a little annoying, especially since I told them he didn't eat people food. But at least no one fed him cake or sweet stuff. It was just meat and a some cheese. Still way too much for one day.
Grover slept the entire 3 hours home. He was zonked! Have I mentioned that I love having a dog?