The Fluffy Puppy and I took a Road Trip last weekend.
He did great in the car, as I knew he would. He rides in the car a lot and I have him wait often. So the 4-hour drive was not a big deal.
He was very excited about his first visit to a hotel. He enjoyed all of the attention from the staff and other guests. He especially liked that he had the power to open the automatic, sliding-glass doors in the lobby.
His first ride in the elevators was a bit of a surprise to him. He didn't love it, but by the end of our two days, he didn't hate it either.
I'm not sure what it was about the sofa... He's not allowed on the furniture at home, but he hopped up there a few times, like he was King of the Hotel Room. Don't worry, I didn't let him stay there.
I tried to close the curtains a few times, but would get upset until I opened them again. In fact, he spent most of the first night like this.
We had our first full grooming experience with just the two of us. He looked pretty good, even though neither of us got a whole lot of sleep.
The second night he was much more relaxed in the hotel so we both got some sleep. He looked much better for day two.
He even spent some time hanging out on the grooming table while we waited for our ring time.
This young exhibitor came over to meet Gunnar and the two of them were in love with each other almost instantly. :-) I did not get his name. I love his outfit. He was showing Collies.
Mr. Gunnison and I had a very fun weekend away together. He handled all of the new things very well... extra-long car ride, hotel, automatic sliding glass doors, elevators, freezer-door flaps, the congestion and distractions in the ring arena and noise of the grooming area.
He handled and stacked well in the ring. In fact, much better than last time with the distractions of being in an indoor ring. He's still the youngest TM in the competition, and while growing up, he's still very puppy-like.
He won his age group both days, came in 3rd for the Winner's Dog competition on Saturday and won Reserve Winners's Dog (2nd place) on Sunday. No points to add toward his championship but I call it a very successful weekend.