Monday, September 28, 2009

Act 2: On The Road

We are in the middle of day 3 on the road. Spent night 1 in AZ and night 2 in NM as planned. Have been arriving at the KOA's just at sunset. After a couple days of taking things from the car/trailer to the cabins, the system is becoming honed.

The animals seem to be doing ok in the car. They have all chosen a spot, and even after looking around every morning for another one, they end up in the same spot as the day before. Max in his crate, Molly behind the passenger seat with her head buried, and the 2 dogs on the passenger seat. The extra person is in the back with the cats.

The trip has been uneventful so far. Only two instances of a dog getting a slap from the aggressive male cat! My theory is that he feels threatened by the dogs, and so slaps them when they get too close. He does not hiss or meow, just the smackdown! Of course, the dogs yelp and cry out, probably more out of fear and surprise than pain. I've had my fair share of those slaps, so I know they are not too bad.

The other reaction worth noting is Mr Puppy. This is a 10-year-old dog. He usually whines and shakes in the car, so the vet suggested Xanax to remove the anxiety. Well, he's not anxious. Instead, he behaves like a two-year-old child.

"I want I want"; and when you say "no", you get a temper tantrum in the form of whining.
He is also running around jumping, wagging his tail so hard his whole back-end swishes, and acting like he's been at the fair all day eating ice-cream and cotton candy.

The two female animals just sleep and stay out of the way.

The humans are being entertained by podcasts, music, and an old MINI Takes the States journal; and being attentive to the needs of the zoo.

Such is the journey so far.
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