In honor of Trav’s sixth birthday, I just reread my April 27, 2008, blog about meeting him for the first time at Masasyu Alaskan Malamutes in Canandaigua, New York. We spent our first night in a motel.
A motel? With an eight-and-a-half-week-old puppy who’s never been away from home? I’d borrowed a puppy-size travel crate from a Vineyard friend and thought I was prepared. Hah. Puppy started squalling as soon as I shut the crate door. So do I wake every other guest in the motel, or do I risk puppy having an accident on the rug?
Option #2 was a no-brainer. I put down newspapers, took puppy out frequently, and crossed my fingers. Puppy didn’t have an accident on the rug.
Puppy had never been on the road before, but he was a trouper all the way home. This is one reason he became Masasyu’s Fellow Traveller.
Getting from Canandaigua to Martha’s Vineyard was the easy part. Our real journey was just beginning. Here are some pictures from his first year.