A few weekends ago, Gibson, Ben and I took a long car trip to the southern tip of our state to go to a family reunion. It was the longest trip we've ever taken together with Gibson AND we also were staying a night in a hotel with him for the first time, so I was a little worried how the pup would handle it all. I'm happy to say that he handled it like a champ. For the most part...
Before the trip, I had purchased Gibson a new little travel bag for our driving adventures (when your families don't live close, you have to take lots of weekend trips.). I used to just use a big tote bag, but then I about died when I saw this cool bag...
The Pet Trek On-the-Go Storage Pack! Loves it! (Full disclosure: I photoshopped Gibson's photo into the little window as I've been too lazy to print one out of him and put it in there.. hehe) It is a little backpack, which came in handy while leaving the hotel while holding a dog leash in one hand and luggage in the other. The pack opens up with 4 compartments inside for you to store and organize your dog's food, dishes, toys and more! On the outside are two mesh pockets, which is where I keep his leashes (for easy grabbing!). Buy Now!
It also comes with a fun bone toy on top. I didn't have high hopes for this toy.. I figured Gibson would either destroy it in 5 minutes or want nothing to do with it.. but he went nuts for it! It doesn't squeak, but it does poof out air when you squeeze it. For some reason, that little puff of air makes Gibson run around like a crazy person. Nice when I want him to get all of his energy out :)
I dunnos, I loves my squishy bone toy, ma!
After we were all packed up, we hit the road for a lovely 5+ hr drive south. We stopped halfway for Ben and I to switch off driving and to let Gibson pee. Gibson was so excited to get out of the car he could hardly contain himself. I hated to tell him we were only halfway...
By the way, he's been sooo good in the car since I put his crate in the back seat. He just lays in there and doesn't make a peep the whole way! Bliss!
Another 2+ hours later, we were finally to the town that we were headed to. The first stop was at a taco joint that is one of Ben's faves. Of course, Gibson wanted to order some too...
I can has sancho?
The reunion was fun. It was on the family farm, so Gibson got to run around "like a real live dog" and also play with his cousin Orson, who was also there, all day long. He behaved wonderfully, but kind of ticked me off when he found some ham scraps that had been tossed in the garden and kept finding them and eating them. All. Day. Long. More on that later...
When it was time to go, we headed out to our next destination: The hotel! I was quite excited to see how Gibson would react to sleeping in a hotel. He was super duper excited. He wanted to say hi to everyone and was woofing a bunch while we were in the lobby, but overall, he did great :)
On our way up the elevator!
Up in our room, I showed Gibson his bed and he was quite excited as you can see..
...but he was also super exhausted. By about 9pm we both went to bed.... but woke up at 3am! Remember those ham scraps?? Well eating those caused him quite the tummy issues! (I hope you don't mind poop talk) At 3, I took him outside and he took the biggest poop I've ever seen, and then another about 5 feet away. I couldn't believe it, but I cleaned it up and we headed back up to go to sleep. At 6 I woke up again and Gibson was hanging off of the bed, so I took him out and he pooped again. Big. I figured he had to be done, but at 7:30 he pooped again.. and then once again before we left at 8 for good measure ;) So 5 poops in 5 hours! Solid. Could not believe it.
Can we gos? I gots ta poo, ma!
We headed back that morning (bright and early) and relaxed the rest of the day. Gibson woke me up at 3 am the next few days to go potty (grr) and had some issues pooping, but I'm happy to say that it cleared up in a few days :)
And that's my story of traveling and poop lol.
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