The trip home was relatively uneventful. We had a couple of challenges along the way home – namely the motor for the wipers finally died and we had to pull over during a sudden downpour right on the boarder of Pennsylvania and Ohio – but otherwise, the only annoying thing is that it was a long trip. The dogs held up well and napped most of the way home.
We had such a wonderful trip in both Portsmouth and Washington D.C. The dogs received lots of compliments on their behavior because they stayed when we set them up for photos in Washington or at various scenic stops along the way. They loved every moment of the attention and lapped it up in typical pit bull fashion.
Work calls to start back up tomorrow. While I’m not looking forward to it, it will be good to get back to being industrious. Between work and planning our wedding reception (July 21st), we’ll be very busy these next few weeks and the vacation gave us a respite from the normal hustle and bustle of our day to day lives.
I’m hoping the weather cools off here soon as the temperatures in the high 90s and 100s are not conducive to training the dogs and they are sorely missing the structure and mental stimulation we get from training. It’s been rather annoying dealing with four very high drive dogs and no actual direction for them to go because of the sheer heat and concern for their safety. Ah, well…we’ll get back into the groove again.
Here are a few pictures from our trip. You can enjoy the rest here.
We got in yesterday at around nine o’clock in the evening and checked into our hotel in Chesapeake, VA. The dogs were relieved to finally be some place that didn’t require being loaded back up in the car for a few more hours on the road. They were able to lounge and relax for the rest of the night while we went and visited family for dinner and catching up since it had been a few years since I had been down to visit and it was a first for my wonderful husband. We didn’t get back to the hotel room until a little after midnight and let the dogs potty one more time before retiring for bed from a long and uneventful day of travel down here.
Today, the dogs got to chill in the hotel while we ran around with family to an sushi buffet and other errands that were planned. We’re now back in the hotel and they’re all relaxing while I blog. Tomorrow, we’re planning on going back over with the crew and taking a nice walk after the weather cools down a bit in the evening so that our pack can be introduced to Logan and do a little bit of training and prep work to see if Logan is ready to do his CGC test along with some other activities with my darling little sister.
We’ll be leaving here on Thursday morning and heading up to Washington D.C. We’ll be staying there until Saturday before heading back home to Michigan. We’d like to do the tourist thing while we’re in D.C. and hit some of the dog-friendly locations while up there and get some good photos of the pups while having a little bit of fun for the two of us.
It truly has been a wonderful vacation so far and makes me not want to return to the reality of our life, but sadly that will eventually have to happen. It’s a shame that it’s so darn soon.
No, this entry isn’t really about walking and conditioning your dog. It’s about our trip into the great unknown. Our first vacation that doesn’t involve some dog event as the main course of action and I’m so freaking excited!
Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we are heading down to Virginia. More specifically, we’re heading down toward Virginia Beach/Chesapeake/Portsmouth for four days before swinging up toward Washington D.C./Arlington. It’s that time of the year that we get a week off of work and this year we intend to take advantage of it. Getting to see friends and be ‘tourists’ for the first time in a long time is definitely a worthy reason to take a road trip.
We’ll be loading up the dog mobile with our gear and the gear of four of the five dogs. We would be taking five, but unfortunately, Duo doesn’t travel well. The stress of a long road trip does his system no good so he gets to stay behind and enjoy a week’s vacation as the only dog with Grandpa. Luna, Lyric, Ryker and Mika, however, think that traveling is very awesome and they can’t wait to be going.
The one unfortunate thing is that BSL has limited our choice in areas to stay in up in the Washington D.C. area since a few of the less expensive hotels are in areas where there are restrictions. We won’t put our dogs in that risk and so are avoiding those areas and spending a bit more money for a canine family-friendly vacation. It sucks, but it is what it is when it comes to the response to owning an APBT because of the irresponsibility and management of others who have ruined it for the whole.
So, right now, it’s t-minus less than 24 hours before we hit the road. So excited!