They say time heals all wounds. “They” must be right because my dogs have done some pretty horrible things and created major havoc and chaos. Yes, havoc AND chaos, and yet today I look back and I have to laugh and tell the stories of how they shaped my view of the world we live in. It is funny how when something bad happens to you the first thing you do is go to anger, frustration or sadness or a combination of one or more of these violations to your emotional state. In that moment, that very second, you cannot imagine how it will ever be ok and you will be better. Like I said before, “time heals all wounds” so let’s see how long it would take YOU to heal from what my dogs did over the years to test me and how I am different because of it.
DogBoy's Dog Blog
Each year, DogBoy & I go on a long vacation. We live on the property with DogBoy's boarding kennel on one side, and the Training & Wellness center on the other, a view of the agility field out our kitchen window, and a view of one of the playgroups our our bathroom window. Employees are all around walking back and forth, and customers are (thankfully) coming in and out daily. Sometimes, being in the middle of it all leaves us feeling a little like we're living in a bubble. Because we live, eat, work and raise our family all in the same place, when we need a vacation we have to really get away (far away or for a long time, or both) to accomplish that.
So far, we have not yet taken our dogs along for the ride. There is no room in the car for the big dogs (sorry guys), and taking little Noodle would make eating out difficult. Some of the national parks we went to this trip weren't very dog friendly either. Not to mention our dogs get excellent care at DogBoy's while we're gone!
I'm sure Noodle, Rebel and Tessa are getting lots of exercise, belly rubs, and plenty of opportunities for playtime with other dogs. Getting to romp around on 15 acres is like dog heaven. Anytime they're out of the house, their tails are wagging, and their tongues are hanging out from sheer bliss. They want all the other dogs to know the truth: they run this place. But at night, when they're sleeping soundly in their air-conditioned runs, I think about them and wish they were curled up in my lap or at my feet.
I think next year, I might see if I can talk DogBoy into letting me bring Noodle along. After 15 years in the pet care industry, I'm almost embarrassed to say that I've never taken my pups on vacation with me. I'm curious to know if you've traveled with your dog, and what your experiences have been?
Thanks to businessbroad.com for the image.