- Both dogs are pretty good in the car. It helps that it’s only a three-hour drive.
- Roxy can’t be trusted off her leash when there’s no fence.
- Riley can.
- Except when Roxy takes off. Then he goes with her and loses his hearing.
- Roxy is great in the house and with other dogs, mostly because she’s totally indifferent to everybody.
- Riley is a challenge in the house. Not the greatest houseguest.
- That’s putting it politely. He was nervous and Mabel (the resident dog) thought he was challenging her authority (he probably was).
- Then he peed on the sliding glass door. From the outside (small miracles). In front of everyone.
John and I went to visit his parents this weekend. Normally, we wouldn’t have brought the dogs, but I forgot about this trip until last weekend, and by then, the kennel was fully booked. So it was either stay home with the dogs (we can’t use a pet-sitter anymore) and have John go by himself (the point of the trip was so he (and his brother, coming from Connecticut) could help his dad do some car stuff) or figure out how to handle the complications of bringing the dogs.
Complication #1: John’s parents have a dog who, the one time they met, didn’t get along all that well with Riley. We think it might be because they first sniffed each other out in the kitchen, Riley’s territory, and not somewhere slightly more neutral, like the yard.
Complication #2: No fence. They have an invisible fence, and while Mabel has a collar and is trained to it, our dogs are not.
Complication #3: We needed a secure place to lock Roxy up if we all went out so she’d be separated from the other dogs and unable to hurt herself if she were to have a seizure.
Complication #4: Is it really okay if we bring the dogs? I don’t want to force our animals into anyone else’s household.
All of these issues have solutions (say hello in the yard, keep them on their leashes, use Mabel’s old crate, be direct and ask the question), and after I talked with my mother-in-law, I felt better about most of them, so we decided to try it (obviously). We’re not in any hurry to do it again, but at least we know it’s possible. I think Mabel was happy to see us go. I know Roxy and Riley are happy to be back home.
Update: Apparently, Roxy was SO happy to be home she went into convulsions. Just one seizure, it’s been about two and half weeks since the last one, and I’m relieved she waited until we got home to do it. I can only imagine having to deal with this on the side of the road with a frantic Riley. She’s in the last stages of getting back to normal right now.