It was Piper and I’s first long trip together, a trek up to Cincinnati to visit my sister and her family. She rode shotgun in my black muscle car, a Nissan Versa. Four cylinders of pure power pushing that vehicle made me feel like a bad boy. And Piper was a bad girl.
For the whole trip.
“Why?”, you might ask. I’ll explain. First, she made the mistake of thinking she could sit in my lap. She had little to no concern whether we were stopped at a traffic light or speeding at high rates, all she wanted was to climb on over. I must’ve pushed her away a thousand times, warning her, “One day I hope you have puppies that stress you out like you’re stressing me out!” Then I played a Michael Bolton song and chilled out.
Second reason Piper was bad: She didn’t know car trips were meant for “me time” not “she time.” Chewing a bone, sleeping, staring out the window, listening to Michael Bolton, all acceptable solutions for her to take part in. I couldn’t make it clear to her that I wanted to pay attention to myself, not her. At one point, just when I thought she understood, she crawled down to the floorboard and vomited. Of all the lowdown things to do to get attention! Well, it worked. Most of the leftover attention was put on not crashing as I tried to pull over to the shoulder. Please see Diagram A.
You’ll notice the unwavering attention to Michael Bolton. So while I’m trying to coast over and out of the lanes of Interstate 65, I’m flailing my right arm around, trying to keep Piper from what happened next. She gobbled her vomit back up. Most disgusting, yet interesting thing I’ve ever witnessed. I felt bad for the little pup, but happy I didn’t have to clean the floor mats. This episode was the first of a few similar episodes. The moral of the story was going to be this: Some dogs get car sick. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and adjust your driving trips accordingly. However, I changed the moral to this: Michael Bolton is awesome.
Ben and Piper Wilder
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