Monday Mischief–Road Trip

We got in last night from our weekend road trip to take Bella (one of our dogs that didn’t work out as a show prospect) to her new owner.  They live in Texas but met us in New Orleans.  I guess I should’ve known after Bella woke me up at 3 am Friday morning with diarrhea that the trip would be a challenging one.  We were on the road probably 45 minutes before she had the first accident in the van.  :-/  I’d say it was pretty much every few hours after that that we had to stop and clean up the car.  Between Bella’s bowels and my tiny bladder, my husband–who is very much a scheduled man–was beginning to develop a twitch.

Add in the fact that my husband is normally not driving my van nor riding with large dogs, so since I did not have time to give the van a thorough cleaning (which includes scrubbing arm rests and sides of seats), my husband was a bit grossed out by the dirt and slobber factors of riding with Corsos.  Sorry, honey.  And sorry to the readers who are clean freaks as the dirty arm rests and seats made it into a few photos.  Ack.  Sorry!  In the chaos of trying to make sure house and dog sitters, kid-sitters and vet hospital had all pertinent info on the other dogs who would not be traveling with us, packing was done for kids and adults and everything else was in order, I did not get to cleaning out the van.  Probably just as well because after Bella’s upset bowels it will need a good cleaning anyway.

                                           “What’s a little dirt and slobber?”

I wish I would’ve recorded my husband’s reaction at Bella’s head shake in between the fronts seats.  You folks with dogs who slobber know exactly what I’m talking about.  This is why I travel with paper towels, cleaners, wipes, sanitizer and bags.  My husband travels with his laptop bag.  Unlike a live dog, it does not drool or have diarrhea in your car.

                                         That laptop bag made a good pillow.

At a rest stop on the way while pottying Bella, I noticed a lady being dragged by her little white dog.  I could tell–even though they were pretty far away–they were heading straight for us.  Bella is a good girl, but she did not feel very well and I knew she would not appreciate this little dog in her face.  I made an attempt to move to another park of the rest area.  The lady followed.  Finally I turned around and said, “She is not feeling well.  Please keep your dog back.”  Her response as the dog was pulling and lunging toward Bella was this:

“Well if I don’t let him visit he will be so upset,” as she continued forward.

I stared at her.  What?  Are you serious right now?

“Her hackles are up.  She doesn’t feel like visiting right now.”  I replied, moving her away.

To my surprise the lady continued until the little dog got almost into Bella’s face and lunged at her, now snapping and growling.   This is the look I shot her:

Samuel L Jackson portraying me in this short but all-too-common encounter.

Thank goodness Bella did not go back at him as glared at the woman for a few moments before I moved her away (again), muttering several curse words.  That type of blatant disregard for an animal’s safety and disrespect of another’s boundaries (especially after I had told her a few times to not come near) pisses me right the hell off.  It is precisely why people who have no idea how to control their own dog or the slightest idea about dog behavior should not own one.  It ruins it for the rest of us who work very hard with our dogs.

Ok, off my soapbox now.  It just irritated the crap out of me.

So we continued on, passing through Alabama, Mississippi and finally reaching New Orleans around 9 pm that night.

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                                                                Mississippi sunset.
                                            Bella meeting her new mom for the first time.

I was surprised and pleased at how Bella–thought wary and a bit unsure–willingly went with her new owner and even watched her intently as she walked a bit away form us and put her through a few basic obedience positions.  I was so relieved at this.  I knew she would be fine.  I made my goodbye as low-key as possible and off they went.

The following photos were sent to me by Bella’s new owner.  The word is she is settling in well.  They are a Corso-experienced home as well as Obedience people, so I feel that Bella will thrive there.  I cannot wait to see what they accomplish with her!  She hit the lottery with this family!


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Our best wishes to Bella in her new life and congrats to her new family!



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  1. Molly The Wally August 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    OMD what a trip with bad tummy and silly woman with white dog. So hope Bella settles in well and feels at home real soon. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. Rama's Mama August 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much! You as well! Thanks for coming by!

  2. Pooch Smooches August 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Hooray for Bella finding what looks like a great new home! Seems you were very wise to NOT clean the van before the trip! Had to laugh at the Samuel L Jackson look! But I hear you… That is so aggravating and some folks are so clueless!!!

    1. Rama's Mama August 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Yes, I’m glad I didn’t spend an hour or two cleaning it! Thank you for coming by and commenting!

  3. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) August 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Congrats to Bella – lucky girl. I would be pissed at that woman to – I just don’t understand people sometimes.

    1. Rama's Mama August 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I don’t either. I really don’t. Thank you so much for coming by!

  4. Genevieve Petrillo August 5, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I’m glad all the stress in the trip paid off with a good, happy result! The head on the laptop bag is hilarious!

  5. Cathy C. Bennett August 5, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Nice happy ending. You handled the persistent lady with the white dog like an expert accustomed to dealing with people who don’t think before they act. Bella is a beauty.

  6. Lauren Miller August 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

    That sounds like a pretty miserable trip!! Shame on the lady with the little dog! What is wrong with people?? I’m glad Bella is doing well in her new home!! 🙂

  7. M. K. Clinton August 5, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I’m sure the trip home was more relaxing. I don’t understand why people can’t get the idea after being told “no.” It is great that Bella has a new home with people that will love her too. *She has on an LSU shirt so she must be awesome! ☺☺

    1. Rama's Mama August 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      It was definitely more relaxing! I wasn’t worried about her one bit. I knew she would be fine. And yes, she is a great lady!

  8. April August 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    That is fantastic! What a nice happy home for Bella 🙂

    Regarding the other situation with the Samuel L. Jackson stare down, I completely understand. It happens too often for us too.

    Recently, a Labrador was off leash on our walk and had his hackles up and was barking at Bain. The owners could see us coming way ahead of time and did not bother to leash their dog. They insisted on saying their Lab was friendly, which I’m sure he usually is. I know a few dogs who are friendly with all dogs except have issues with ones larger than them. They kept their dog off leash and I tried to walk around, but their Lab ran up to Bain where they got to meet. Bain was completely fine, but I pulled him away and continued walking. I absolutely did not like the Lab’s body language, and he ended up snapping and snarling at Bain as I kept continuing to walk him away.

    So what would happen if the Labrador were to start a fight? Who gets in trouble? The off leash Labrador, or the on leash Dogo Argentino.

    Sorry, I guess I had gone into a bit of a rant there.

    I wish pretty Bella the best in her new home =)

    1. Rama's Mama August 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      I know EXACTLY what you mean. I had Rotties for years. Same story. Ugh. People just don’t think.

  9. Piranha Banana August 7, 2014 at 5:30 am

    So very happy for Bella. Nothing better than finding a good home a know a dog will succeed in. I am a little white dog and I have had the same issue as you. People just come and try and touch me although my Momma asks them not to at times or children too. Sometimes people unleash their big dogs at me which I am quite afraid of and when Momma tells them that I am afraid of big dogs sticking their noses in my ears, people say to her “that’s ok, my dog likes little dogs” HELLOOOOOOOOO?! Did you not hear that we did not ask you if your dog liked little dog, its’ that

  10. Piranha Banana August 7, 2014 at 5:34 am

    So very happy for Bella. Nothing better than finding a good home a know a dog will succeed in. I am a little white dog and I have had the same issue as you. Sometimes people unleash their big dogs at me which I am quite afraid of and when Momma tells them that I am afraid of big dogs sticking their noses in my ears, people say to her “that’s ok, my dog likes little dogs” HELLOOOOOOOOO?! Did you not hear that we did not ask you if your dog liked little dogs?. That means stay away please. And then some times they say that they are not afraid of little dogs arghhhh! I am not afraid of people, but people need to respect personal space when we mention I am afraid of big dogs coming at me…(as grover would say in frustration!) If a dog stays in their area with their personal space that is fine, but when they come a runnin’ and sniffing at me I get deathly afraid.

    1. Rama's Mama August 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      We have a little dog, too, and we feel the same rules should apply. People need to have common courtesy!

      Thank you for coming by and commenting!

  11. 2 Brown Dawgs August 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    OMG some people. That has happened to us and my response is: “Get you dog away now because mine will kill it”. Works. LOL I also look like the girl from Exorcist.

    I am glad Bella found a good home. I suppose you have heard about the two dogs who killed a jogger here in Michigan. They were euthanized along with another not involved. The whole thing is very sad. There were also pups belonging to one of the dogs. I have misgivings about them, but I guess time will tell.

    1. Rama's Mama August 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I think the Exorcist look will work great! And yes, I did here about the dogs who killed a jogger. It is awful. These dogs clearly had an owner who failed them from the beginning. They were a nuisance in the neighborhood for a long time, with bite histories. WHY were they running loose? Sigh. This is where people who do not research breeds and dog behavior, do their homework and put the WORK into their animals that you HAVE to put into them just pisses me right the F off. I assumed there were probably puppies, because dogs like this are usually intact and there are usually pups in the picture somewhere. So very sad. Situations like this definitely do not help our breed and do not help responsible dog owners in general.

      1. 2 Brown Dawgs August 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

        Makes me mad too. Stupid people. The couple were supposedly breeders and had the pups up for sale. But if the mother of the pups who did nothing had to be euthanized simply for being from the same line, how is it that the pups will be ok to adopt? This is not logical to me, but that is a whole other topic.

  12. snoopys@snoopysdogblog August 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Good luck with your new forever family Bella

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  13. 2 Punk Dogs April 14, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Glad you found Bella a great new home! Sorry about the messy road trip, sounds like one for the books. 😛