a March 19th, 2009

  1. What to Take, What Not to Take

    March 19, 2009 by MyEye

    I used to fly everywhere and all the time.  I used to have Southwest Rapid Rewards tickets regularly available, but that was during the dark period when I had no dogs (and white carpet in the bedroom and a drip system in the yard).  Once I got Kip, I stopped flying except for occasional out-of-town trials.  Then Inca came home and I stopped accepting out-of-town cases.  I added Chase, had to sell the CR-V and get the Element . . . haven’t flown since he and I arrived home from Oregon.  So, the way it works is you just put in the car whatever you think you might possibly need — it usually fits between the crates or under the platform or on the floor in the front seat.

    So, I am having a crisis of confidence.  I am flying to Nationals, need “stuff” for a week, and have no idea how to limit what I take along.  I am completely out of practice!  Clothes — some mix and match stuff that doesn’t wrinkle too much, toiletries, the i.d. door hangers and grooming area hangers, contact information for the raw food store and the butchers, a bling leash and collar for Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes, a couple of gifts that I’ve accumulated, my digital camera (the Nikon or the little one?), the video camera, a tripod (?), my computer, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    I think I need a list.  Help — what do you consider the three essentials for successfully attending a National Specialty, keeping in mind that booze can be purchased in Topeka?

  2. Sending Chase in Different Directions

    March 19, 2009 by MyEye

    The Chaselets we shipped out yesterday are in Ontario at inspection.  They are still expected to be delivered to the Clinic by 5:00 PM.  Never fear, Jaime, dear!  THIS JUST IN:  FedEx put the incorrect clearance code on the vapor lock shipping box so Customs rejected it.  Shelley got on the phone and worked some kind of magic.  Now FedEx promises the box will be at the Clinic tomorrow not later than noon.  AAARGH!

    Meanwhile here in the southwestern US, the real deal Chase is on his way to Fort Worth to meet up with Sherri and Lauren.  He’s entered this weekend since he hadn’t been in a show since early October.  I took him over to Fran’s this morning.  She and Chris are taking a bunch of their Akitas to show, and agreed to also transport Chase and a Lhasa.  Chase was really excited to see the Akitas instead of a bunch of MinPins.  Of course, he let them know that he is the REALLY big dog in the van.


    I can’t tell you how much I miss this boy when he’s on the road — and this will be a long one.  I also can’t tell you how happy Kip will be when he realizes Chase is really gone!