Sophie & Shamrock Saturday
Generally speaking, Shamrock and Sophie Jean travel well in the car. When we make the trip to see Rob’s parents’ in lower Michigan, we stop at my parents’ place in Green Bay for a night on the way. This breaks up the trip into two sections: four hours to Green Bay and then seven hours to Michigan.
Back when we had Benny Bear, Sophie Jean would sit on my lap during the drive, while he sat in the backseat. When Shamrock came along, he wanted to sit on my lap, too. It was bad enough that Sophie Jean’s nails dug into my lap and I couldn’t do anything other than hold her during those long trips. But now, two dogs on my lap?
I knew it was unsafe, too. So I ordered me one of these car seat covers for dogs:
It’s made hammock-style so that the pooches can’t come in front. However, sometimes they are sneaky and make their way up to me. Like in this photo where Shamrock is attempting to do so:
Hey, Shamrock, if you are tired, why don’t you sleep in the back?
When that happens, I’ve been diligent about putting them right back where they came from. Sophie hates it. She wants to be by her momma, especially since that is what she was used to for the past ten years. I sort of feel bad, but I sort of don’t.
I can actually look at a magazine now.
When we are close to arrival, just turning onto either our parents’ roads or on our own road on the way home, that’s when we let them up front. It’s only fair when we are teasing them with the phrase, “Where are weeeee???!!”
The dogs don’t love the car seat cover, but we do.
Still, Shamrock looks pretty happy – like he’s laughing – here:
How do you travel with your pets?
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