Every now and then I like to go with my mum and my canine siblings in the car for road trips.
The first time I ever went it was just at the tail end of summer and mum brought the dogs out of the house, little did she know I followed them right to her SUV. When she turned to pick the dogs up, to put them inside the truck, she was shocked to see me waiting along side with them. She laughed and said ” oh Jaxy, do you want to come to?” She then picked me up and placed me in the back seat with my brother and sister; this was so exciting! I hadn’t been for a car ride since I got neutered, and of course that wasn’t an enjoyable trip.
She cracked the back window, so much fresh air; I loved it! Bently was standing on the arm rest to get a better sniff through the slightly opened window; mum didn’t want it open too much in case I got scared she said, I followed Bently’s actions too get a better sniff, where on earth are we going?
Mum had the radio on, very softly, with the breeze and slight country music whispering in the background, it was a very enjoyable trip. Back then Sophee was very nervous in the car, so she slept curled up in a ball for the majority of the ride.
Soon we pulled up to this big building, it had a speaker that we drove up to. Mum then placed an order for a coffee and a couple treats; when we got up to the window the lady had a good chuckle seeing us all in the back and gave mum a couple of dog biscuits. She broke a little piece off for me, but I do’t like them so she gave one to Soph and one to Bently; she said I could have a different treat that I like at home. Oh boy road trips and treats, could this day get any better?!
As we drove, I presume home, I watched the trees sway, and listened to the birds chirp; I even seen a few different dogs I haven’t met ever before! I looked over at my siblings, Soph went right back to the curled up ball she was at he beginning of the trip, and Bently had his nose out the other window sniffing away trying to take in all the information he could before the ride was over.
As quickly as the trip had started, it was over and we were home again; aahhh that wonderful familiar feeling and scent of home. What a great relaxing little trip that ad been, I think I might just follow mum and the canines out for another trip sometime soon.
Hey fur-fam, have you or your furry friends ever been on a wonderful trip together? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear all about your wonderful adventures!
So I have continued my experiments over the last few weeks and I would like to share my findings with you. This all began a few weeks ago when it was brought to my attention that by calling my humans mum and dad and putting in some hard snuggle time that I, in return, would be awarded more food, treats, and affections.
After careful experiments I have found that, the nicer I am to the humans the better the the chances of me getting snacks. That’s right, can you believe it? I was able to carefully compare the days that I was friendlier to my humans, versus the days I was not; I was awarded with many treats on the days I was friendlier than on the days I was not- which for me, is a huge success. The humans would pet me as they walked by, stopping in the kitchen to give me a quick treat- sometimes mum would give me a treat without knowing human dad just gave me one, but shhh don’t tell them.
I think I like my new ways, I enjoyed having slaves before but now things are different, but different for the better I believe. It’s more of a partnership , where I give the snuggles and in return receive snuggles, and of course snacks- we must not forget about the snacks! Perhaps I have grown with this new found knowledge; my humans seem very pleased with this outcome, though they do not know of the experiments that were taking place. I think we all have grown a little from the experience, as that was the primary goal; and of course the snacks are an added bonus.
But I will keep putting in the effort, because well snacks; and of course I love my humans- but don’t ever tell them, I like them to be on their toes.