My puppy and I had the opportunity to vacation in Myrtle Beach this summer. When packing the car, it occurred to me that for such a small dog, Jellybean sure required a lot of “stuff.” I rationalized that it was a three-week stay after all, so of course she was going to need a plethora of accoutrements.
This past week we were scheduled to travel to Rockwood School District in Rockwood, PA for an author visit, coincidentally arranged because of a chance meeting at the pool in Myrtle Beach. It was meant to be; the school librarian and newly published children’s author eager to share her stories. Since it was nearly a three-hour drive, I determined it would be best to arrive the night prior to the event. That way, Jellybean and I would be well-rested for our big day at Rockwood Elementary School. I happened to mention to an acquaintance what a process it was packing not only for me, but also for Jellybean. I wanted to be sure that she would be comfortable in a different setting. She looked at me with a raised eyebrow, and said “What are you talking about? When we take our dog with us, we take food, water and bowls for the food and water.” I thought to myself, “Oh my, what a deprived puppy.” My little diva requires so much more to ensure that she enjoys the same quality of life no matter where we are. I guess the phrase “home away from home” would apply here.
Later that day I paged through my notebook to find my list of things to pack for Jellybean. It included the following:
- Back pack
- Food (bagged in individual meals in a snoopy lunch box no less)
- Food bowl
- Bottled water
- Water bowl
- Insulated water bottle
- Several toys
- Doggie blanket
- Doggie bed
- Doggie PJ’s
- Current vaccination record – never leave home without it
- 2 of each book: Naughty Little Puppy, The Perfect Hiding Place, Sloppy Kisses, signing pen, paw stamp & stamp pad, bags, rack cards & business cards (you just never know when you might run into someone interested in a book)
- Waste bags
- Hair bows and bands
- Doggy toothbrush & doggy toothpaste
- Paw wet wipes
- Eye drops (for seasonal allergies)
- 2 or 3 leashes/collars in colors to match hair bows (one 4 foot leash & Martingale collar to use when visiting)
- Doggy ball cap/sun visor
- Hoodie, sweater, or doggy raincoat (if weather report indicates they will be needed)
Reading through the list, I had to chuckle. Obsessive? Over the top? Bordering on crazy? You got it! Who knew that owning this adorable little fur ball would result in me becoming one of “those.” Go ahead, call it what it is. I’m a crazy dog lady and proud of it!