My poor little girl started out the week
still wearing her cone.
She looks miserable doesn't she?
If you recall from last week,
Rosie has been on the mend from her spaying operation.
But we decided to take her to the beach anyway.
It's not like she could have gone to the kennel
and I didn't even try to find someone to come dog-sit her for the week!
So, on Sunday
we drove "down the shore" as they say in New Jersey.
But when we arrived at my in-laws,
their dog, Clover was not happy with Rosie's cone.
In fact, she was terrified of it and started barking and running
and acting all crazy.
We decided to take off the cone during the day
and just watch her to make sure she didn't lick or bite her stitches.
Rosie seemed relieved to have the cone off
and Clover calmed down.
They were happy to just lay around together after that.
Clover is an English Golden Retriever
but she looks like a Lab these days
because she was just shaved for the summer.
Rosie made herself at home right away.
She really seemed to enjoy life without the cone!
We had to put it back on at night
because we couldn't watch her then.
But I think by about the 3rd day
we decided she wasn't trying to lick
so we didn't make her sleep with it anymore.
But we had to keep her from exercising too much
so she couldn't join us in the parade on the 4th.
She dressed up for the holiday anyway!
She couldn't run around much
but she did enjoy watching the activity on our street
each morning from the deck.
And as I mentioned last week,
she had to be CARRIED up and down the stairs
every single time she had to go out.
It was a pain,
but SO worth it
once I realized what a workout I was getting!...
I would have rather been extra cautious
than have her injure herself!
By the end of he week I let her walk up and down slowly
while I held her leash.
She enjoyed her week at the shore
and was well behaved the whole time.
She wasn't even startled by the fireworks crackling outside
or by the strong thunderstorm that rolled through!
(But Clover was freaking out and had to take Valium!)
She even slept in our room at night
because I didn't bother lugging that crate down there with us!
And last night when we got home,
I didn't even try putting her in it to sleep.
She stayed downstairs and behaved herself all night.
I think we are officially done with that crate now!
It was a great week at the beach for all of us!
Have you brought any pets on vacation with you?
If you have a dog, how do they handle thunder?