Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fort St. John, BC
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Well, we made the trip yesterday (Wednesday, Sept 19). It started out bad. We went to bed about 9:30 so we could get up early. I tossed and turned and fell asleep sometime around 11 or so. At 1AM I was awoken by people outside yelling, hooting, etc etc. This went on until about 3 AM. Since my alarm was set to go off in one hour anyhow, I decided to just get up and get in the shower.
While I was in the shower the fire alarms in the building all went off. Figuring it was probably connected to the noisy yahoos, I got dressed, did my hair, brushed my teeth, etc. Then I just grabbed a bunch of my stuff I needed to load up in my car to go, and started taking it out to my car.
Police and fire trucks were all there at this point. There was also, apparently some sort of domestic disturbance going on (i'm sure this is all from the same apartment who just moved in recently and they are a nightmare family) as well.
So, it's 4:20 and we hit the road. Brody decided to start barking, crying, whining, etc. before I even put the key in the ignition. The first part of the drive is tough. It's windy, mountainous roads with wildlife everywhere and it was pitch black outside. I saw at least 20 deer and remember, it was pitch black outside so these are just the ones right at the road. Add to that a whining and crying and carrying on Brody and my nerves were already shot. Plus I was tired.
I was thinking it was going to be super bad on the Brody and me front, but oddly enough once the sun came up Brody settled down. He decided to go to sleep in his car booster seat burying himself UNDER the cushion. It was so cute.
He was great the rest of the drive (last year he cried for 12 hours non-stop). Other than one time when he started crying and carrying on so badly I'd have thought he was about to burst his bladder or something. Of course there was no place to pull over. Doing a road trip here is basically traveling through the back woods with no cell reception and long distances between any sort of towns. So it was a good 45 minutes before I could even find a spot to pull over. And then....he did nothing but look at me like, "why did you stop?"
Anyhow, the rest of the trip he was really, really good. He even went to the bathroom usually when I stopped (which he refused to do last trip and held it the entire trip). I was very happy with him. He didn't get car sick either.
The trip took me just over 15 hours. I'm sure someone who drove faster would do it in less time. I drive quite slow through the scary parts because I'm a huge chicken and I hate those big mountain cliffs! Plus, we had a few breaks.
Brody goes bonkers when he hears the GPS lady talk. He made me miss a turn because it wasn't well marked and he was going nuts while GPS lady was telling me where to go so I didn't hear it and I didn't see which way I was supposed to go until I was right in the middle of the intersection. So, we had one scenic route diversion.
He was very happy to get to mom and dad's though. The first thing he did was go running to try and find Piper (mom and dad's recently deceased Maltese). He went to all her favourite spots looking for her. It was kind of sad, but amazing that he'd remember.
We went to bed early last night. And now I'm not driving anywhere until I'm forced to go back! ha ha ha
Tracy and Brody
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
- Josh Billings