Lupe is a very gracious traveler. She cheerfully vacates her front seat to Nancy whenever Nancy travels with us, and mainly sleeps in the back seat of the truck while we are on the road. But she still is a border collie, with all that pent-up energy, so we make sure she has a good walk/run before and after our daily travels. In the trailer, she has three places she can be: in her bed under the table if she wants privacy, on the couch on a sheet we have put there if she wants to see outside, and in our bed at night if she can weasel it. Actually, when we first go to bed, everyone is in agreement that the humans go in their bed and Lupe goes in her's. But after my 4 AM bathroom break, in the pitch black, I can feel blacker than black eyes boring in on me, saying, "Is it okay now, Dad?" Usually I give two pats on the bed and up she goes in between us until morning.
I got Lupe when I decided to retire a few years ago. Lupe was very patient with me during training. Whenever I would try to exert my will over her, she would simply sit down and not budge until I thought better of it. When she finally convinced me to work together with her as a team, I found that there was nothing she wouldn't do for me or me for her within reason. Of course, dog reason and people reason don't always intersect, but they do often enough for our purposes. For example, it suits both of us for her to be off leash, but we both understand that she can't be off leash if she runs out in traffic or bothers people. So she will run up to the end of the block and wait for me to get there and tell her it's okay before she crosses at the corner. If another dog or person comes along, I can tell her in a low voice from a half block away to lie down, and she will lie down and not notice the other dog or person until I get there and tell her it's okay (or not okay, as the case might be). I realize this might be anathema for some people, and believe me, it wouldn't have worked on any of the other dogs I've had in my life, but it works with her.
When I decided to retire, I wanted to travel. However, you would never have heard of me on this forum if it hadn't been for Lupe. I would have just travelled by air or car and stayed in B&B's or hotels. But I wanted to travel with Lupe, and I didn't want to go through the hassle of finding pet friendly accommodations. Hence the Airstream.
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