Hi Friends –
I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted much about the family and me. For the past ten days we’ve either been on the road, in Oklahoma, or on the road in Oklahoma. I know you all are banging at the kennel door to find out how we’ve spent our time. We started with two full days on the road. Yes that’s four humans, luggage, entertainment and enough kibble for a week. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be that close to 33 quarts of bison for four full days and not eat it? That’s probably one good argument for an airtight container. The other is to keep if fresh, either way, it’s jowl lickin’ good. The ride actually wasn’t bad for me and I didn’t complain much at all. It all seems to work out just fine; we all needed to get out and stretch every few hours. I sat next to the human puppies the whole time. We watched movies on tiny Frisbees that were eaten by the dashboard. They showed up on a tiny screen that came down from the roof, read books that Mom picked from the library, or just slept. Okay, I mostly just slept, but Mom and Dad were very happy about how well all the puppies, canine and human, did with such a long drive in the car.
The first night of the drive we stopped in Ohio and met a friend of Mom’s for dinner. He was a nice guy; he has dogs too so he was happy to pet me and I was happy to let him. I also liked him because he has the same name as my Dad. After dinner we stayed over in a kennel. Oh, and a note for anyone who visits Akron, if the kennel offers breakfast stay a little longer than you intended to and partake because nobody seems to believe in opening a coffee shop at 5 A.M.
After the second day of the drive we made it Nanny’s house because we just wanted to be out of the truck and didn’t want to stay over anywhere so we drove a bit longer on the second day. I was surprised when we got there because I was watching and we didn’t go over a river or through the woods like the song says!
The other fun thing about Nanny’s house was they have three dogs and a cat. I didn’t get to play much with all of them because I’m so much bigger than they are and they didn’t let me explain that I only wanted to play. One was a puppy Shih Tzu and she was quiet enough for us to meet as long as a human was with us. Another friend I made was a Siamese cat, he was a little cross eyed but that didn’t stop us from being buddies. I gave him sniffs and he gave me licks on the nose and even batted at me a bit when I got too close. Dad says he’s not surprised we were friends being that I would never pick on anyone because they are different. I like different; being the same is boring. It’s just like all the humans who point me out and say they’ve never seen a Dane service dog, as far as I can tell that makes me different too.
I will share more but Dad needs his computer back. Keep following for the next chapter…
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