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Old 07-10-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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DOGS KNOW what is up... trailer attached

OK. We will be leaving tomorrow AM to arrive at Quemado, NM Sunday afternoon from Castle Rock, CO. Nancy emailed the neighbors. Our Dogs must have received an email, as well.

Our two Blue Heelers are not letting us out of eye sight. You know, Australian Cattle Dogs, Heelers, Red or Blue Heelers that are rounding up livestock at a ranch. They are following us around and know that we are getting ready to leave. Almost attached to my leg.

They want to get into their pet porters which have been on the back seat of the truck for several weeks... back to back. I am sure if any of you have a dog or two, they also know the routine of getting the trailer hitched and going through our check list as if we are on a NASA Mars mission. This has been going on for several days. It is almost as if they do not want to be left... behind.

These are "working dogs". They like to keep busy and exercised. But... when they are in their pet porter in the truck, you would think they are the laziest dogs to take onto a trip. Each gasoline stop is a true adventure to them. Yet, when we are ready to depart... both are anxious to jump into their pet porter to leave. Each has their own pet porter and they cannot wait to get into it for the next stop. I have asked the wife to make sure we did not leave them at the last gasoline station!

When we encounter other Blue/Red Heeler owners on our trips... long lost friends. They are a cross between a Dalmatian and a "wild" Dingo of Australia. These dogs are really people who were lucky enough to be given a second chance for being good people in a past life. What a reward for our Heelers and Ourselves! We love our girl and boy and they love us in return. We cannot ask for anything else in a dog.

Our first Blue Heeler played on top of a blanket in the back of our SUV. She would see traffic and go round and round, just driving... me... nuts. Once she was secured in a pet porter... not a sound. These dogs want to find the highest point to look out at what is outside. Why have a door bell, when they hear and see better to announce someone is coming. So by hanging a shirt on each side of the back door windows to block their view... they prefer to lay down and do not get interested until we have stopped. Once the driver's or passenger door opens they are recharged, ready to have their leash attached and eager to look around. I do not think kids can be this well trained.

Maybe cats are this perceptive... but I leave that to someone who travels with a cat or two to say.
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:07 PM   #2
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Cats are creatures of habit, and are very perceptive of what is going on around them. After all, their survival instinct is to be paranoid, and they learn to make themselves invisible. As soon as we start getting stuff together, their behavior changes and they find a place to watch the action from. When we are ready to walk out the door, they've all disappeared. Not a big deal, as only one (at this point) travels with us, and he would be in a carrier. But you want to do an inventory, to make sure that no one has made an escape while you were in and out of the doors and the garage. That's when you check all of the usual places, discover that one has found a new place to hide, and by the time you also find that place, your departure is now about 30 minutes later than planned.
But, you still love 'em.
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:14 PM   #3
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Pretty sure Attica gets more out of a road trip than we do .....

- she shows her impatience to get going every morning
- she plays a key role in navigation
- she absolutely insists on having a "Doggy Zen" moment beside the lake every night ....


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Old 07-10-2015, 08:10 PM   #4
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Yup our herding dogs are the same way. Eager to run all day, but in traveling mode they are as calm as can be. And they'll stay right by the trailer when we start packing.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:41 PM   #5
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We were busy packing for a trip one day and when it was time to leave we could not find our dog Lucy. We looked all over the house. My husband then went outside and she was sitting in the back seat of the truck ready to go. She was making sure she wasn't left behind!
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:27 AM   #6
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Cats are creatures of habit, and are very perceptive of what is going on around them. After all, their survival instinct is to be paranoid, and they learn to make themselves invisible. As soon as we start getting stuff together, their behavior changes and they find a place to watch the action from. When we are ready to walk out the door, they've all disappeared. Not a big deal, as only one (at this point) travels with us, and he would be in a carrier. But you want to do an inventory, to make sure that no one has made an escape while you were in and out of the doors and the garage. That's when you check all of the usual places, discover that one has found a new place to hide, and by the time you also find that place, your departure is now about 30 minutes later than planned.
But, you still love 'em.

We have one of each. One of our cats waits for us in the kitchen, ready to go. She's a great little traveler. The other will hide under one end table and we have to pull him out. He does less well on the road, but we got one of those Calm Cat shirts for him, so we'll see if that helps. Both are perfectly happy when we're set up in the camper.
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:58 AM   #7
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Lily, and Gus the Brittney Spaniel before her, were very attuned to pre-trip preparations.

Watching carefully, staying close, ready to go bye-bye.

Lily knows she goes out with the last load, and is waiting expectantly by the door, tail a twitching.

Lilly's spot these days is the passenger seat up front, where she alternates between resting and sitting looking out the windows.....where are we going?....look at those cows!....ooooh, a bunny I could chase if I could just get out of here!

They love to go, mostly just love to be with us.


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Old 07-11-2015, 08:59 AM   #8
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Our boarder terrier knows the English language and I believe read minds. She san tell the day before we start to pack that we are going somewhere. When I start to hitch the trailer she will sit at the gate and whine to make sure that she is not left behind. She will only quite down when I put her den in the truck and get her in it.
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My Dog always traveled with me and he always knew when I was getting ready to leave! So much so that I drew this picture while we were camping. It totally depicts what I thought went on in his mind while he awaited his next adventure!

I love the picture so much that I made and now sell tshirts, travel journals, greeting cards etc which all star my beloved dog and HIS Airstream!!

** In loving memory of Codi-San my camping companion **
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Ollie, the border collie, loves a good road trip. He seems to know we are going somewhere before I even think about getting the trailer ready. During packing and prep, he is right at my feet. And if he ever goes missing, then I left the car door open and he is sitting patiently in the back seat so that he does not get left behind.

Here he is with some friends who came camping with us. They left their front door open.

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Since I have 3 small dogs...2 proms and one long legged chihuahua mix...I take one at a time on each trip. The other 2 stay home with my dtr, Debbie. As I start packing a suitcase,they all hang around closely. I suppose they are vying to be the one to go! Mikki, the chihuahua, is prone to jump on the bed and sit in my open suitcase. My last trip, while I was busy elsewhere, she burrowed under some clothes, trying to hide. She likes to sleep under covers in bed, and will pull sheet over herself....and did so with my clothes. When. I discovered them messed up, I called her name...she popped from beneath them, wagging her tail, obviously proud of herself. Now, I'll always have to remember to check to make sure she does not Stow away in my suitcase! LOL!
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:32 PM   #13
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We are leaving this week for a seven - eight week trip and our Abby, not quite two has not left my sight all day as I prepare the truck and trailer. The reason they "know" is the sent we all give off, each emotion we humans have emits a different sent, dogs pick up on that almost instantly and can through years of evolution understand what humans are feeling. Trips, illness, anger, sadness you name it they've got us pegged to a T.

Enjoy them, dogs are the best.
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We loaded up for a 3 day event at our local lake.. The moment the A$ door was opened up to start loading,, all of a sudden every missing yard toy showed up at the base of the trailer steps.. Some missing over a year.

Bandit is a dingo/Aussie collie cross.. Some call them Aussie stubby cattle dogs.. No pet carrier for him,, as he stands at full watch the entire trip.. Even if its a 1000 mile day.. The good thing is he sees deer and other fender busters well ahead of my eye sight and thankful for his alertness. Sodbust
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