These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another Step Forward!

I'm so excited! I can't believe how good this is!!

I made appointments for the dogs to be groomed. Two went this morning and the other three are going tomorrow. I chose Joey and Max to take today. This morning I drove to town very slowly with Maxey on my lap so he could look out the window. If you remember, he gets sick and up-chucks, either from motion sickness or, more likely, from nervous stress. He didn't on the day I brought him home, a three hour plus drive, but since then, the farthest he has been able to make it without barfing is a 5-6 mile round trip.

I was prepared for the worst. I just knew he was going to lose it on the way in because it is about 11-12 miles. When I put him in my lap, looking out the window and give him fresh air, he does pretty well, so that was my choice for the trip, the above positioning and driving very slowly. It is fortunately mostly over a dirt road with little traffic.

We made it to the groomers place with no .... NOT ONE .... problem!!! Awwwwwwright!! I left the boys with the groomer, came home for a couple hours and went back to pick up my gorgeous, good smelling babies. Oh, they look marvelous! Then we stopped to leave some things for Linda that I brought to her from Trader Joe's, visited a few minutes and headed home. Max decided to sit in the seat beside me and got all the way home without incident! A round trip of about 22-24 miles, four times what he has done in the past!

NASA, the eagle has landed!

I'll do pictures of all the kids tomorrow. Stay tuned!

11 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, I love that freshly laundered dog smell!!!

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  2. I can't wait to see pictures of the family.

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  3. Sandra, so do I!

    Pepper, mañana!!

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  4. Yayy as your making progress Pepper has been bad today almost evil one would say. I like fresh laundered dog smell also.

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  5. Yippee! You are inspiring. I refuse to my doggie to the groomers because he is sensitive to other, smaller dogs. I adopted when he was 6 so I think he may be past re-training good manners.

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  6. I know they look WONDERFUL! I am about to take a deep breath and try an in-home grooming service - they come to you. After playing groomer tag for so long I need some stability. I like the groomer i've used most recently BUT you have to get your dog there before 10 a.m. on weekdays only and that' usually not feasible for me.
    Anyway enjoy those beautiful good-smelling babies!

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  7. Oh, I wish I had a groom-worthy dog, as there's a groomer around the corner from my house. My Chihuahua mix doesn't barf, but he completely freaks out in the car, bouncing around from floor to ceiling to window, howling the whole time. It's distracting to me AND to other drivers (although THEY think it's funny)!

    Hugs,
    Betty

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  8. Bobbie, I'm glad that most days are forward for us now. Yes, clean dogs are wonderful!

    (M)ary, I've encountered a number of large dogs that are afraid of my little ones, even if they don't bark or otherwise seem combative. Obviously some bad past experiences. I wonder if they think my little guys are cats. They're about the same size. I don't think that even an older dogs is past retraining, but it will take a lot of patience on your part.

    Patti, I haven't seen the in-home groomers here, or it might be worth it. Although, as I wrote that I realized that getting out into the public and around other dogs and humans is important for them right now. I think I mentioned before that my favorite groomer is 25-30 miles away and I have to have them there between 8:00 and 9:00, very hard for me to do. And if I arrive near 9:00, they are last in/last out. gah. This groomer is good, just not as skilled as the other at making my babies "cute."

    Betty, I don't know .... my days with Chihuahuas were so easy. It is simple to give them a weekly bath and it is DONE! and doesn't cost $30/dog! Wow, I'm glad Max just sits quietly in the car! Have you tried the natural/herbal doggy tranquilizers? they are nice and don't wipe the dog out, just calm them down. Might be worth trying them when you must take him in the car. Find them at Petco or Petsmart.

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  9. Dear Lynilu,

    I didn't know about the tranquilizers! Heck, I think I'll put the Chihuahua on them fulltime!

    Hugs,
    Betty

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  10. Me, too, Cheryl!

    Betty, my vets (here & in KC) both approved them, and since they aren't chemicals, I felt very good about them. Good luck! BTW, the easiest to use is a liquid with an eyedropper.

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If you have something to say about it, just stick out your thumb, and I'll slow down so you can hop aboard! But hang on, 'cause I'm movin' on down the road!!! No time to waste!!!