Today we have new eyes, new cars, and new states to talk about. As you may remember, Nelson had eye surgery for his eversion of the third eyelid. It was yesterday morning. He had to be there at 7:15 and bring a cone or they would charge you through the nose for a new one. In this photo, the poor guy had no idea what was about to happen even though Mom explained it all to him.
Emma was the vet tech who was assigned to him. Mom believes in signs and she believes our Emma was making it known that she would make sure Nelson’s surgery went well. It went great, and he got to come back home mid-afternoon. Both eyes had the surgery where they go in and cut the extra portion off the third eyelid and sew it back together. He needs to be quiet and wear a cone for ten full days. The stitches will dissolve by thirty days. No playing with us or anything. Mom built up the playpen to keep him in, and he can also be in a kennel, but the cone is on 24/7. Thankfully, they gave us pills to make him drowsy most of the time.
Next up the travel situation. As you read yesterday, the first rental had the tire blow out. We got a second car finally and were able to head to Wilson, NC where we needed to be the next morning early. The second rental didn’t work well. Most of the things in the instrument panel didn’t work, and every time Mom stepped on the brakes the whole car shook. Nevertheless, we made it to Wilson at 12:30 am.
Olivia had her Elite Trial Saturday. They had to be there at 8 am, so the night was short. She will post about her trial next week on Tuesday. After the trial Mom and our navigator went to get some dinner. Guess what? Unbelievable! The low tire pressure light went on. They found out the front right tire only was at 20 psi, not 36. The gas station has air, so they filled all the tires to 36 and went to dinner. Mom figured out how to make the tire pressure work in the dash and at my trial on Sunday the front right tire had only 33. After the trial she filled it up to 36 again.
Monday morning we were leaving for Indiana. Mom checked the tire pressure and it was down several pounds again. There was no way we were going to risk going all the way home with a bad tire. We had to go out of our way about an hour to the Raleigh airport to switch cars, AGAIN! We got switched and headed out for Indiana and the next day towards home. Three cars is just crazy, and not one person at Avis apologized or cared about our troubles with their lousy cars. Moral of the story, NEVER RENT FROM AVIS!
Now for the new states, one of the fun parts of the trip. West Virginia is a new state for all three of us. They didn’t have a sign for us to pose with along the interstate we traveled on, so we snapped this shot. It was wild as it is where the tire blew, but we also found it wonderful. The people were all very nice too.
Next we hit Virginia. We didn’t get to take a photo by this state sign either, but we will have a fun photo from the Welcome Center next Wednesday. Instead, I got this sticker. Since we all are lovers according to our Mom, we fit right in!
Finally, we made it to North Carolina the third new state for all of us. Unfortunately, with all the car trouble, it was dark and late at night. Mom wanted us tied to the sign so we would not take off. Before I could get out and find my spot, a loose dog started wandering around us. Mom snapped this photo of Olivia and Nelson and then ran them to the car as fast as she could. We were the only ones at the rest stop, so we think the dog was just left there or lived there. Either way, we didn’t need more trouble with a strange dog.
Nelson has not been to Kentucky before, so on the way home, we stopped there for him. We are doing great when it comes to collecting new states. Bailie has twenty four and that will be it for her since she isn’t traveling anymore. I have twenty five, Olivia, of course is in the lead, with twenty six, and our baby Nelson has seventeen already!
Have a Grand weekend! We just hope Mom can handle Nelson for ten days in the cone. It is going to be a challenge!