Our FastCAT trials were in Amana Iowa last weekend. Even though we went there last year, Mom didn’t get to do any shopping. You know how humans can be about shopping…insert big yawn. For some reason, Saturday she was in shopping mode.
We found that Amana Iowa isn’t very dog friendly when it comes to their stores and stuff. Mom always asked if they were dog friendly and they had no idea what she meant. She would then ask if we could come in and they were baffled and then would say no. Luckily we had our hands free leashes along so she could attach us to something when she went in the stores. A friend was also shopping with us, so she and Mom could take turns watching the dogs while the other shopped.
They have a wonderful butcher shop, but of course, we were not allowed in their either. We hung out in front of the place and waited. Taking photos helped pass the time.
Amana has a lot of antique shops. Mom likes to see some of the old things even if they aren’t anything she would ever buy. I got to wait outside amidst some antiques. The little wheelbarrow is just my size but Mom said I would never use it, so she wasn’t going to buy it for me. Bummer.
There was an iron work place that has a lot of really cool things outside to look at, but we couldn’t go in there either. At least they had a nice old wagon for us to take a photo in front of, right?
Shopping is quite exhausting really. Once we got back to our hotel, Olivia and I crashed, snoring and all, until it was dinner time.
Speaking of hotels, we had a really bad hotel weekend in Cedar Rapids. Baymont is not a place Mom likes to stay, but they were the only place she could get a room for the weekend. When we arrived Friday afternoon they told us we only could stay one night. Cedar Rapids doesn’t have many dog friendly hotels, some have closed because they can’t find enough employees. After an hour of calling all the hotels in the area, Mom found us a room at the Econolodge for Saturday night.
The Baymont room was nothing great, but alright for a night. The Econolodge was awful and we have added it to our list of places we will never stay at. Motel 6 is the other one on our list. Mom would sleep in the car before she would sleep in a Motel 6 or Econolodge again. The refrigerator had ants in it, dog poo all over the grounds, bathroom fan was super loud and screaching, and the final straw was the moldy shower curtain where when Mom pulled it closed, a pair of dirty underwear from another guest fell into the tub. They didn’t offer any reduced hotel fee or anything. Just disgusting. We know there may be nicer ones somewhere, but we won’t ever stay at one again.
We found a dog friendly hotel in Amana Iowa, and if we go to trials there again we will gladly pay a bit more to stay in that hotel! Despite the nasty hotels, it was still a fun weekend and we are thankful we get to travel!
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