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