Many of you know that a lot of my extended family lives in Colorado. I went up there with my Mom, my great-aunt, and of course, Makiko, for my cousin’s graduation. It was a lot of fun and definitely full of new adventures!
I hadn’t done an extended car ride with Makiko before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I called the Support Center at Guide Dogs for the Blind and they told me to feed and water her at the regular times, make sure we give her plenty of get out and stretch/pee breaks, and give her a toy for the car. I did all of that, plus I didn’t want her cramped up in the floorboard or feet area so I let her on the back seat with me. We had a sheet down and then her blanket and she seemed to enjoy it. She doesn’t get up on the seat now though, so it didn’t harm her behavior of not getting on the seats, so that was another plus. The ride there and back went off without any problems really. The only “minor” problem we had was on our first stop, only like 2 hours after leaving home, Makiko was walking in the grass and there was one of those burr pokey things and it got in her pads. She started limping very strangely and I was desperate for the restroom so I had Mom stay put with her while I ran into the gas station. More like walked with my arms on either side of me (like a penguin! haha) so I didn’t bump into anything. When I returned from the restroom my Mom told me that she found a burr in her pads and all was well. We carried this water beverage cooler in the car for Makiko and of course her portable water bowl and then a bag of food and that worked out just so well. I loved cuddling with her on the boring car ride to Colorado! I’ll post some pictures below, of course.
We went to my cousin’s graduation at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the Security personnel were wonderful with Makiko and I. They even helped us find good relieving spots! We did several fancy dinners, which Makiko did wonderful at, of course. We did have a new experience at one of those fancy dinners. I hadn’t experienced her at a round table before where the people next to me were really close, especially since we were crammed into a table which probably didn’t normally seat that many people. Makiko and I had to work on good positioning so she didn’t bother those on either side of me. They were family so they wouldn’t get upset but one person has Parkinson’s so he was worried that his leg jumping up and down would bother Makiko. That was sweet and we worked it all out eventually. 🙂 The waiter at that restaurant also brought Makiko water when he brought all of us waters, except hers was out of a special container. That was pretty cute!
We also rode a train all the way to the top of Pikes Peak. It was about an hour and a half train ride in very very cramped quarters. Makiko laid for a lot of it, sat for some of it, and then I felt so bad for her being so cramped down there I let her on my lap. Mom was sitting right next to me and she didn’t mind so it was fun to watch her look out the window at the mountains and other scenery as we made our way to the top. Once we were approaching the top I put her boots on. Again, very cramped quarters, but my terrific Mom helped. We walked into the Visitor’s Center, ate a little bit, went to the restroom, and then went outside. I let her off of her harness after we took a picture and man did she have fun. I hadn’t ever experienced her with snow before and it was a blast. She was SO silly and adorable, loved to eat it, and just pranced around everywhere. People who had already gotten back on the train were laughing so hard, many were taking pictures of her.. it was quite fun!
There were a lot of great events in Colorado but those were the two that particularly stood out to me in regards to Makiko.
That took up the majority of my vacation from school and the other time I have had off I’ve been crazy busy. I have a lot of blogs that I want to post for you all, I’m hoping to get around to them soon. Thanks for being patient with me during my little hiatus.