Thursday, May 5, 2016

What We Were Practicing For

Yesterday we share a picture of us sitting in the car practicing. What were we practicing for?

Some of you guessed it, we were practicing sharing the backseat for our trip to the Blogville Awesome Retreat (BAR) in June. You seen, since we are picking up an RV in Syracuse NY (as none near us would allow dogs), we really need the trunk to put the dishes, bedding etc. (We need to pack a lot of stuff!) 

When we first got Phod, he went in the backseat with Lee. However, he got sick and it was all under the seat and impossible to clean (the stain is still there), so we gave him the trunk, because it was easier to clean. When I took Phod to the vet a few weeks ago, he had the backseat to himself and did fine, so we decided we could put him back in the seat (which historically Lee has not shared well). 

To test this all out, on Saturday afternoon, we put the pups in the backseat and headed to Gatineau Park for a walk. (The nearest park entrance is about 30 minutes from us). 

The car: I am happy to say, 100% total success, once they both settled down. It was very exciting to be in the car at first. Phod, who had not had anti-nausea meds and had eaten breakfast, didn't get sick. (For the 2 long days in the car for BAR, a total of about 15 hours of driving, he will get a dose of meds). 
Are we home yet? I am tired.
 Lee wasn't thrilled but she shared well.

He is touching me

The walk: This was sort of a fail for the following reasons.

Both Phod and Lee had to pee on every tree - in a forest park there are a lot

Loose leash walking didn't exist

We picked a trail that was mainly ice, very hard to walk on especially for the Man who sprained his ankle

They will be getting more practice at places like this as we practice going in the car. They pups had a great time, even if they weren't great walkers.

All this pulling, peeing and sniffing has made me tired

The Man doing some training with Haley

We hope May isn't too rainy (we just had the driest April on record), so we can get out in the car and to parks more often.


We would like to extend our thoughts to those effected by the 
devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The once vibrant oil town has been destroyed. 
Approximately 80 000 people displaced.
Let's hope the fire crews all remain safe. 
We are thinking of you Fort McMurray. 


  1. How exciting, going to the BAR !!!!!
    Oh you are gonna haf sooooo much funs!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Hari OM
    Well done Lee and Phod... what the peeps need to understand is that when you go to new territory, you just HAVE to leave peemail - its dogiquette!!! I guess most places where you don't know will also require the leashes, but I know that with more practice you will get to really look forward to these trips... and be all ready for the BAR event!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. It is such great news that Lee and Phod got along just fine in the back seat...and no incidences of up-chucking either! Well done. I bet the walk in the forest was extra exciting because of the car ride.

  4. Awesome trip my friends!!! XOXO - Bacon

  5. OMD, I can't waits to meet you two at the BAR!!! Momma really wanted to rent an RV for us, but it wound up being too expensive.

  6. Good luck with your travel training! Looks like you're doing OK, though.

  7. We saw that terrible fire on the news this morning, and was praying you were not close to it, mom is starting to practice with gussie guys are going just great. stella rose

  8. He's touching me...that was classic Hailey!! Brudders take up lots of space.

    We heard about the fires but not the specific city. My goodness 80,000 misplaced that is just horrible. I hope and pray they have some where for temporary living
    Hugs madi and mom

  9. Lee, it's better for Phod to be touching you than breathing on you after he has puked. I saw on the news last night about the wildfires in Canada glad y'all are okay.

    Aroo to you,

  10. So much pee mail so little time
    Lily & Edward

  11. We are so very glad you did well and practicing is a great idea!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  12. Oh my goodness, you have hit the nail on the head. We have to stop and smell the pee mail at least 50 times a walk, NO EXAGGERATION. It is TOO MUCH. I like enrichment walks, but please. We are praying for Alberta Province, too, it is horrible what they are going through.

  13. We bet you two are going to do just fine in the car just knowing where you are headed.

    We are sick over that fire - it is so hard to watch it - so much loss. All paws crossed for all those affected by it.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  14. You still has ice there? OMD! We has spring flowahs now. I can totally sympathize with the back seat sharing. We make my cuzzin Sebastian ride in the trunk but he hangs ofur the seat into my turf all the time but I let him.

  15. That is so COOL!!!!!! We sure wish we were going.

  16. We love a good success story!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. Paws up for doing such a good job in the car!

  18. OMD we just saw the Nightly News.... about the horrid fires in Alberta. We are So SORRY... and HOPE that they are under control SOON... there is so much devastation. Our hearts ♥ ♥ go out to the folks.

    Way to Go Phod... no up chucking!!! You will be Totally READY fur the trip to BAR.

  19. Sounds like a great start to me. Good sharing, kids! Each time it will get easier.

    Love and licks,

  20. I like the caption of Hailey saying ...he is touching me. Lol

  21. Sounds like you two did pretty well for your first seat sharing adventure. We know you will have lots of fun at the BAR.

  22. That's awesome they did okay in the car together! I feel for Phod, Phoenix gets really car sick, too!

  23. Hmmmmmmm, we hope there aren't any accidents in the rented RV!

  24. great job!! You are gonna have a blast!! DakotasDen


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