What do dogs think about road trips? Have you ever wondered? I, as a hound, can tell you that we find the whole car and travel thing to be very odd. Bailie and I don’t really understand the whole concept.
I enjoy going anywhere Mom wants to take me. Being a back seat driver is my thing. On occasion I will lie down and take a nap, but no matter how many hours we drive I love looking forward to see where we are going. At stoplights, I enjoy staring at the folks in the car next to us. Usually, it makes them smile or laugh. New places mean new adventures.
Bailie on the other paw is a nervous mess. She doesn’t particularly like car rides, but she doesn’t want to be left behind at home either. When we saw the dog communicator last spring, we learned that some dogs are just uneasy if their paws are not on solid ground. Did you know some dogs can’t live in a high rise because of their paws being “up in the air?”
One thing we find odd about traveling in the car is no matter how far we go, or how many hours we sit in the car, we always end up getting out at a place with long hallways, and lots of doors. Mom picks one door and we have a small room with a bed, TV, and a bathroom, that is it. Why? Couldn’t we have just slept at home? Do humans enjoy sleeping in strange places with people around them making noise at all times of the day and night? Travel and these rooms are truly exhausting for dogs.
Bailie says that when she was younger, before I was born, she would ride with Emma, and sometimes Katie too, for two whole days in a car! They would also stay in these strange places with the doors and hallways. One time she ended up in a place called Las Vegas with a whole different climate. She also tells me stories about a place called Florida. The main thing she remembers is the endless hours in the car.
These days it seems like we always drive somewhere to go sniffing. Sometimes we drive about five minutes, other times more like hours and hours. Not only do we drive for hours, we then spend an entire day sitting in our car in a parking lot after spending the night in one of those strange rooms. Why can’t we just sniff at home is a question we ponder. Along the way, Mom finds it fun to stop real quick to take photos with bizarre things like this giant pink elephant. Bailie and I don’t see the purpose, but humans seem to find it to be a fantastic idea. We go along with it to keep Mom happy.
We have a lot of dog friends around our area, but we really don’t get how they seem to find us when we drive for hours. When we went to Iowa two weeks ago, in the middle of nowhere, we ran into several of our friends. They were all there to sniff too. None of us dogs could make sense of it all. How did everyone know to come to this place?
In August we drove really far for Bailie to do sniffing and ran into a bunch of our friends at the sniffing location. After Bailie finished, we drove until late into the night, stayed at a place with the halls and doors again, and the next morning we were sniffing out rats. Amazingly, we ran into a lot of people we know from home at that place too. Poor Bailie also had to do one of those silly photos humans like. Why do humans do these things. We dogs don’t mind, but we have no idea how this all works. Sometimes it is like Mom is a whole different animal from what we are!
Last weekend it happened again. We drove for many, many hours and when we arrived we met friends from home again! We even went out for a walk along the flooding river with them. How did they know to find us where we were?
My conclusion is that humans and these cars must have some special powers or something. We will keep riding along and enjoying seeing all kinds of new things, but we have no idea how it works. The photos with weird stuff are also a true puzzle for us! Any dogs out there have answers to any of our questions?
Road trips are really odd in a dog’s mind, but we do enjoy them. Today we are joining Brian’s Home Blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop! Visit some other blogs to see what they are thankful for.