Tuesday, we had a bunch of shows in Denver, including one of my favorite libraries—Bemis library in Littleton. The audience was wonderful! They cheered and laughed; they clapped and whistled. I felt loved!
On Wednesday, my upright (Denise Gard), Craig Dayberry (her boyfriend), and I left for Oklahoma. The car ride was long, but the rest areas in Kansas were very nice. The humidity made me uncomfortable and miserable. I just wanted to stay inside by the air conditioner! I performed a show in Enid, Oklahoma on Thursday in their auditorium. The auditorium was beautiful and very cool (which I liked), but my tummy began doing flip-flops. By Thursday evening, I didn’t want to eat anything. My upright was concerned and tried to cool me down by rubbing ice cubes on my paws. She even gave me some medicine. But I was miserable.
Unfortunately, we had to leave Friday morning to drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I didn’t want to eat or drink anything. I didn’t even want to go for a walk. My upright became so worried that she contacted my vet and gave me more medicine. My upright began to cry, which made me concerned. Now we were both miserable. I guess it was a good thing Craig Dayberry was there, because he calmed my upright and then went to PetSmart to buy me some canned dog food. (I might even let him rub my belly later!)
At first, I put my nose up, and refused to eat the canned food. But he’s a funny upright. He added water to the canned dog food and heated it up. He turned it into a gravy! He even tried some (he might have been pretending to eat the dog food, but it definitely peeked my interest). I licked the water gravy and realized that I was hungry and thirsty. I was on the road to recovery.
Traveling with animals is challenging in the summertime. We become hot easily and we might even refuse to drink water (which is very dangerous). One way my upright encouraged me to drink water was by wetting a washcloth and then draping it over my eyes and nose. The washcloth was cool and I began to lick the water droplets. They tasted good, plus I enjoyed the texture of the washcloth. If I hadn’t begun eating and drinking water, my upright would have taken me to an emergency vet, because I’m important to her. If your dog stops eating and drinking, call your vet within 24 hours. Animals cannot survive without water!
No one has answered my question from last week, so I’ll ask again, “How often does my upright brush me?” :)