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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Traveling with a dog
My lovely wife and I brought the dog out to the parking area where we keep our boat. The dog likes to go where we go. We set her up in a nice shady place with fresh water. I got busy working on the boat and didn't pay attention to the dog for a few minutes.
When I looked back at her, she'd discovered her rope was long enough to reach a fire ant nest. There she was, busily digging away and trying to eat ants. Crazy dog. I pulled her off the nest and brushed the dirt and bugs off her muzzle. Best as I can tell, she didn't receive a single ant bite. I get zapped just walking across a field, trying to avoid the little beasties.
It is different traveling with a dog. Her needs have to be met. We are always on the lookout for dog friendly beaches, restaurants, and places to walk her. Back home, I rarely pick up after the dog. She heads out to the dense brush where no one goes and comes back to the door when she's done. On the road, all too often, the dense brush is replaced by a human with a plastic bag. Oh well, my dog, my responsibility.
Fortunately, the dog loves to go sailing and doesn't care for swimming. She stays on the boat. A lot of people like dogs, so seeing a happy dog on a boat can be a good ice breaker. People come over to say hi and pet the dog.
On the other hand, the dog is very protective and lets us know when someone is coming by. She's good security.
There are places we can't go and things we can't do because we have a dog. That's life. Some doors open and other close. When my lovely wife got this dog, I said we'd better take it everywhere with us. That way she'd be used to travel. It worked great. When she's in the van or on the boat, she feels safe and is relaxed. It doesn't matter that “home” is constantly relocating.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.