Bartlett is going on her very first road trip Friday. It's a day trip, three hours down and three hours back. Which is a lot of driving.
She does well in the car; just moans for a few blocks and then falls asleep in her crate. That's when we drive to the mall or something. But this is new.
This morning we were mentally packing the car, and realized we're bringing nothing for ourselves. There will be a hostess gift of lovely local baked goods; that'll take up almost no space at all.
The rest of the load is doggie stuff. Her dishes, her food, some emergency water for the road, her crate, her leash, her playpen and the layer of towels we line it with in case there's ever an accident (there isn't, but...). The playpen collapses for travel, thank goodness, because it's roomy enough for a toddler.
We only plan to be at our destination for a short while, but we're bringing everything since it's her first trip and we don't know how she'll behave.
She likes new people, no problem. The problem is she likes them too much. "Oh, new person! Wag, wag, wag. Kiss, kiss, kiss. I don't know you but I love you forever! Hug, scratch, pat. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle."
And then I'm thinking "Six hours in the car for this puppy? Who thought this up?"