I was almost ten months old, when my bipeds started talking about going away for a long weekend. I thought this probably meant that I was going to the kennels, as I’d stayed there overnight a few times. It was very nice at the kennels and I was always pleased to see the people there, but I preferred being with my bipeds.
I heard them talking about a fun dog show, especially for large breeds. That sounded like it could be lots of fun. Why would they want to go to something like that without me? I heard them making phone calls and making arrangements to stay away.
I saw them doing some packing and making lists, so I knew the weekend in question was getting close. Then the cats’ baskets were brought out and the cats were put in them and one of the bipeds picked up car keys. I went and waited by the front door, but I was told I couldn’t go. This was confusing – I thought I was going to the kennels!
When my biped came home again, she didn’t have the cats with her. I decided I’d better watch every move she made and I stayed by her side. She gathered up loads of my things and put them in bags next to the packed suitcase. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I was ever so excited.
The male biped came home and had something to eat, then he asked, “Are we ready then?”
She replied, “Yes, I think so!”
He said, “Don’t sound so worried, the first place is less than an hour from home – it’s easy to come back if things are not working out!”
They picked up the car keys and asked me if I wanted to get in the car. Of course I did! After I was settled comfortably in the car, they brought everything else out and then they locked the front door and we set off.
We stopped after about half an hour and we had a walk. Then we got back in the car and set off again. About twenty minutes later we parked the car again and I had a short stroll with my bipeds. Then the male biped went into a building, while I waited outside with the female. He soon appeared in the doorway and beckoned to us to join him.
We went across to him and we went through the door together. There were a couple of bipeds who I’d never met before. One of them came up to me and stroked me and gave me a treat. I was almost too excited to take the treat! Then the other one came across and made a fuss of me as well. They told me how lovely I am and then they told my bipeds to ask if there was anything we needed.
We went along the corridor and unlocked a door and went in. I was allowed to have a sniff around. Then the male biped went to get our stuff from the car. They put a blanket in the corner of the room for me, they found my bowls and gave me some water. They unpacked some of their things and then we went for another walk.
When we came back in my bipeds got ready for bed, while I had another sniff around the room. Then they told me to settle down on the blanket in the corner and they climbed into bed. I was very tired and I tried to settle down, but everything was different and so exciting – I kept getting up for another sniff around the room.
Eventually I settled down next to their bed and went to sleep. The next morning, one of my bipeds took me out for a short walk as soon as they were awake. While they were getting ready to go to breakfast, the female said something that still puzzles me. She said that she’d not slept very well because there had been loud snoring on both sides of her most of the night. I’d heard the male biped snoring, before I went to sleep, but I still can’t work out where the second lot of snoring could have come from!
We went to have breakfast and they chose a table by the window with space next to the wall. I settled down by the wall while they ate. I was really surprised when some sausage was handed down to me!
I was having a wonderful weekend and it had only just begun. I had lots more fun in the next few days, but I’ll tell you more about that another time.
See you next Wednesday!