Biscuit on the Road
As of today, the 3rd, I’m finally starting to feel moved in to my new place. Biscuit is here, of course, as is Charles. My biggest struggle this summer was not having my dog nearby, so I’m happy that we’re making a little home with her this time. Yeah, I’m the crazy dog lady. Who needs kids when you have an energetic doggo?
Biscuit and I drove out here in my little Chevy, also packed with all of my worldly belongings. She was really not pleased. It’s a 12 hour drive in good weather, but it was more like 16 this time because…winter. Seriously. That stretch of North Dakota between Jamestown and Fargo was a solid sheet of ice, and the speed limit was more like 40.
Mistake: Biscuit had never been in a car for more than three hours. This was a total and complete mistake. She wasn’t bad, but she was certainly distressed and restless. Perhaps the saddest thing was that she kept looking out the back window of the car at the highway behind us. She would do this for more than an hour at a time. Why are you taking me so far away??
Tip: Stop a lot. For me, on such a long trip, this was about every hour and a half to two hours. More often than the car needed gas, but not so often that progress to my destination was slow.
Mistake: Trying to move in December at all.
Tip: Try to schedule your trip around the weayher. I drove out the day after a giant ice storm. I was smart and delayed that one whole day. But not smart enough to delay one more.
Mistake: Feed your dog chicken nuggets. She is gonna get gassy in your tiny car.
Tip: Bring something your dog actually wants to eat, and is healthy. Special food maybe? Biscuit wasn’t eating. She had barely touched her food, and was losing interest in treats fast. In my desperation…the Golden Arches called. Biscuit loves some chicken nuggets. But then she smelled like she was excreting hot trash for the remaining three hours of drive. Great.
We made it to Minneapolis, thankfully. But Biscuit was pretty stressed out about it. I tried, but I would say I didn’t do super well in the stress-reduction department. I will say that she has taken to apartment life pretty well. Hopefully you’ll see some more of her on the blog in these Tuesday or Thursday posts. We’re planning to include her in some of our travels,
Have you ever moved with a dog? What are your tips and tricks?
P.S. If you want to see more of Biscuit (and only Biscuit), she has an Instagram now. It is only pictures of Biscuit, if that’s what you’re into. You can see it here!