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So my fiancé and I needed to travel out of town this week so that he could see a specialist to have surgery to correct a spinal problem that he has from his time in the military. 6 hours each way, a few days in a hotel. We found ourselves deciding what to do with the dogs - boarding facility? Stay with our veterinarian? Friends? Family? Come with us? Violet is not a wonderful traveler. She's anxious in the car and loud in general and has a jumping problem - no good immediately after back surgery, in a small hotel room. So she ended up staying with family. Java, however...he's five months old, an amazing traveler, flawlessly potty trained, and not a jumper. I had qualms about leaving him anywhere, I didn't want to mess up his socialization or the anxiety he's made such huge strides with. So...we brought him.

And can I just say that I don't think I've ever been more proud? This dog is amazing.

So about two hours into the drive, he starts shifting around, looking...suspicious. I figured he was due for a potty break, and so were we, so we stopped off at a VERY busy, very nice rest stop, leashed up, started for the grass. He was lagging behind, which is unlike him, so I turn around and look at him and recognize his distress face just about a second before he lets loose with diarrhea - all over the sidewalk. All. Over. The. Sidewalk. The main one. People everywhere. No real way to clean it up. Don't get me wrong, I was more concerned for him than my dignity, but it was definitely one if those earth-please-swallow-me moments where I feel confident that there's nothing that my future children will be able to throw my way in terms of public mortification that I won't be prepared to handle.

Next rest stop, same deal, but we seemed to have an understanding by then that he'd make it to the grass if I'd hustle my butt over there.

We made a Walmart run for some Immodium, decided that it didn't appear to be a find an out of town emergency clinic situation. For my fellow veterinary field friends out there, he was BAR, no vomiting, absolutely interested in food, abdomen didn't feel tense or painful, gum color and CRT both totally normal. Just diarrhea. No blood or mucous in it, no alarming colors. No sign of car anxiety. If it hasn't resolved when we go home tomorrow, we'll have him at the doctor's office.

You may be wondering where the pride and warm fuzzies come in, though for me managing to not go in the car was plenty. That part comes in when we got to the hotel. This dog is so great. Our room is on the fourth floor, and he has navigated God knows how many pets from strangers, sliding doors, elevator rides that terrified him the first time (the clicker helped us overcome that one), not pooping in the hotel room (wouldn't normally be a feat, but under the circumstances), sleeping peacefully all night in a strange place, and for bonus points, was appropriately reserved when a man who gave me the serious willies tried way too hard to befriend us during a nighttime potty run. On top of being flawless and amazing, even while feeling crappy, this dog can even properly discern whether a stranger is a threat. We even proofed a few simple commands...in the elevator. And they were perfect.

This dog, I adore him.
 

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Ohhhh....the poor little guy. I feel so bad for him. He must of thought he would get in trouble for pooping on the sidewalk. But it will be something to look back on and laugh at. I hope he gets to feeling better soon.
 

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Thanks, Maui's mom! :) He is back to normal now and back home. A few pictures from the trip, such as it was...


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Big boy teeth...


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...but baby wrinkles.


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Collie hair travels with us...everywhere.


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He'd never panted before, but he was laying in a sun patch. It took him several minutes of trying different mouth/tongue configurations to get the hang of it. Sheesh.


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Zipper nose.


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So pretty!
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Its official..... I love him :)
 
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