So, in total the initial trip to Silver City New Mexico took roughly 1 day and 2 hours (though we had an epic detour in Oklahoma and then mountainous roads in NM that slowed us down further--so maybe 1 day and 8 hours.) I can't express to you guys just how worried and stressed I was about this epic road trip. I planned a lot, wrote lists, and in the end--I usually always forget something anyway but for once it wasn't anything terribly important at least.
Prior to the trip I got the car oiled and trip ready, got a water proof seat liner for the back seat, got Freya a tag silencer (omg that was an awesome idea!), got Freya the Kurgo Tru Fit seat belt harness, and got her health record just in case I needed to board her or whatever else. I initially looked up hotels but boyfriend changed the trip route on me last minute so that fell to the wayside but that's ok as usuall you can trust Motel 6 and Super 8s to be pet friendly and La Quinta Inns as well for that matter. But we drove straight through anyway, so it didn't really matter.
On the beach trip I picked up acepromazine (sp?) it's supposed to be a mild sedatives and I gave them it when we were in the hotel to keep them from barking like crazy. Since I used it that one time, I still had plenty to use for the epic road trip. Turns out, Freya didn't need them at all! For the 32 hours of the trip--Freya pretty much slept at least 31 hours on her own. I really don't think she was awake much at all. I was kind of amazed actually.
She wasn't keen on drinking water and I was quite worried but I guess she knew what she was doing. She drank like two or three sips every few hours as a result didn't go to the potty as much despite having ample potty breaks. Hey, what can I say? My bladder is the size of a kid it seems like cause I had to go at every possible chance--unless of course I managed to sleep.
On hindsight, I really wish I gave Cloud the sedative. That dog was the opposite of Freya--he stayed up almost the entire 32 hours of the trip. He would lay down for 5 minutes and pop back up and stare at the road a head of us. By the time we hit New Mexico--it seemed like he was hallucinating and barking at ...well nothing. It was kind of funny. He drank up the bulk of the water between the two of them as well.
When we got to New Mexico, google maps took us to a route that involved a mountainous road where parts didn't have guard rails. Needless to say, I had a border line panic attack.
My little girl isn't the most affectionate pup--when it comes to me. She will love on her daddy all day--clean his ears and anything else she can get to--but me? Yeah, totally don't get the same treatment at all. The most I get is a daily greeting when I get home or take her out of her kennel, but she also wants to greet everyone.
So it was when I was upset and crying and hyperventilating did her little head pop up (wish I took pictures--sadly, didn't.) She nudged my shoulder so I unhooked her and picked her up and put her on my lap. She licked some tears and just sat there with me.
Finally, we made it to our destination where Freya got to meet Cloud's sister and granddog before we put everyone away to sleep. I think Freya had a ton of fun playing with Lily. C3, the grand dog, tolerated her at least and she seemed to know when to go into submission. She's a smart little girl.
Freya also learned a lot about cacti while we were out there--don't worry, she didn't get hurt too badly. Cloud didn't get hurt too badly either, but man was he freaking out about his crate the entire time we were at the boyfriend's mom's house, which is when we gave him the sedative--it wore off too soon though.
I need to get the pics and vids from boyfriend's camera so that I can post what he has since I didn't take many pictures there for some reason (probably laziness/tiredness.) Will write more--about Arizona next entry. Also, need to find pics!
Stay tuned! I'm going to post pics later tonight:D. Have a Great Weekend!
Bread For The Journey
3 hours ago