I had the brilliant idea that it would be fun to bring Kobi with me on my latest work trip out of town. Kobi was even quite excited about it as she loves car rides – not so sure about 5 hour car rides.
The trip started out pretty good. The roads were in great condition (the highway up here can be horrible if it’s snowing) and I gave myself tons of time to get to the destination as I figured Kobi would need lots of pit stops along the way.
We ended up stopping 5 times and taking a lot longer than usual to make it to our destination thanks to all the pit stops and walks.
We finally checked into the hotel and I hauled in enough crap to last the both of us at least a month (and I went grocery shopping on top of that). I like to be prepared.
First night, Kobi barked a lot, but not enough to get us kicked out. She also didn’t eat so I did what any concerned and responsible pet owner would do, I took her to McDonald’s. Boy, does she love 1/4 pounder burger patties!
The community I was staying at is in the middle of a big oil and gas boom. This means there are lots of “out-of-towners” staying in town to work in this industry. Translation, the hotel I was staying at was full of male oil and gas workers.
Our first morning was an eye-opener. I was taking Kobi out for her first of 27 walks of the day and literally walked into a “man-gauntlet” of oil and gas dudes waiting for the crew bus. I figured Kobi would freak out because I was freaking out, but she was pretty cool with it all.
By the third night she was completely exhausted, as was I, and she hardly barked at anything. Could’ve been that she was totally into watching the men’s figure skating short program.
She was quite excited the morning I packed up all our crap (it took me three trips to the vehicle to load everything up). She had one final 1/4 pounder burger patty (knowing that she would be going on a cleanse the next day) and we hit the road.
Travelling with Kobi was definitely a bit more work and at times a bit stressful, but I really did enjoy having the company and it certainly got me out exploring every trail and park I could find, just wish she could’ve done some driving for me.
PS. I’m slowly easing back into “jogging”. Standby to see how this week goes…