Has someone ever made a casual comment that ended up changing everything for you? Suddenly all the sprockets in your brain line up and you think “Of course! That’s it!”?
That happened to me recently, and now I’m planning a dog road trip!
I received a comment (thank you Pamela, dog blogger extraordinaire!) on my previous blog post. I was lamenting about the idea of leaving my dogs behind to go on a tropical vacation with my sister. Pamela suggested that I compromise by heading on down to California (from NW Washington).
BAM! The fog lifted and I knew exactly what I needed to do! But instead of a compromise, I’m taking a separate dog trip on my own. Then off to a beach vacation with my sister later.
It’s extravagant, planning two vacations. But, quite frankly, I’ve been harping about taking my dogs on a real road trip for long enough.
A Road Trip is Born
I’m so excited! This road trip will launch fairly soon, in January or February 2015. By then we’ll be ready for a warmer change of scenery. But I have a lot to do first. Most notably: get rid of some dog travel Worry Warts.
Worry Warts and Worst Case Scenarios
I’m a little nervous about certain aspects of a longer dog road trip. I’ve written about my Worry Warts in the past. But now that I have an actual trip to plan for, it’s a perfect time to finally make that Worry Wart list.
Why make a Wart list? So I can focus on which fears I need to conquer so I can start this trip with (more) confidence. With future blog posts, I’ll be using the Worse Case Scenario Methodology:
1. Identify a fear
2. Make a Plan of Action
against each Worry Wart. I actually have more, but these are the top 5 (no particular order):
- Zoe’s barking gets us kicked out of lodgings.
- Leash walking is not enough exercise.
- We’re not having fun (or I’m lonely)
- We’re in a car accident.
- A dog is lost or hurt.
Time for Action
It’s time to quit dreaming and start doing.
And a planned trip is just the catalyst I need to finally do just that.
Please feel free to make suggestions!