Hitting the road with my new co pilot

Update on Chica’s surgery

I picked Chica up at the spay clinic at 5pm on Monday.  The poor baby looked like she had been thru the ringer.  Not only had they spayed her, but I had them clean her teeth and she had several baby teeth pulled.  I was told that she was about 2 years old, but sometimes they still retain their baby teeth.  The vet showed me her teeth and they looked horrible.  They were all yellow and her breath was really stinky.  YUK!!!

Anyway the vet pulled 6 baby teeth and they sent me home with all her teeth and 2 antibiotics to give her with complete instructions.  But she was really feeling bad.

She did not want to be picked up as I am sure she was really hurting.  Not only did she have major surgery but she had major dental work as well.  I have never had 6 teeth pulled out at one time so I am sure she was a very hurting girl.

She didn’t want to have anything to do with me…

I took her home and placed her on her bed.  But she was so tender it must have hurt and she really let me know with a horrible scream.  I felt so bad for her.  She wouldn’t even look at me.  I got the feeling that she thought her pain was all my fault.  I made her as comfortable as I could and let her just sleep.

I was planning on leaving for New Mexico on Wednesday and had paid up through that day.  However when Wednesday came I could tell she was still not feeling like her old self.  She barely wanted anything to do with me and did not have any energy whatsoever.  I went down to the office and paid for another 2 days, which I thought should be adequate for her to be feeling like her old rambunctious self.

That gave me time to do a few things around the rig like defrosting the refrigerator and buying groceries for the road.  I am really glad I waited those 2 extra days.  It made a big difference for both of us.  She is on the mend and getting back to her old playful self and I am a bit more organized.

My new copilot

The next problem I faced was how she was going to travel.  I had bought a carrier for her, but she does not like being confined in a small space.  Every time I put her into it she would get really fussy and agitated.  The drive to Deming, NM was approximately 350 miles and I knew that would not work.

So instead I put her bed in the passenger seat with one of her toys and her chew bone.  She likes to chew on the bone and it keeps her occupied for a long time.  I wasn’t sure how she would react to a moving vehicle, but she was not at all frightened.  Here is a pic of my new co-pilot manning her position.

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She was very good and did not move around, but slept most of the time in her bed as I was driving.  On occasion she would look out the window at the scenery passing by.  I am sure this was a new experience for her and she accepted it graciously.  Then there were times she would want to get on my lap where she slept.  She was very good and did not want to go anywhere else in the rig.

Lots of rest stops…

I am not one to stop at rest stops often.  I usually don’t travel too far in one day so I like to breeze past them to get to my destination.  Now that has all changed.  I now stop at all the rest stops I can so that Chica can get some exercise and go potty.  She is a real trooper.  Sometimes we stopped with big rigs on each side of her with their motors running.  I was worried that she would be frightened of them,  NO WAY!!  Not my Chica.  She just bolts ahead pulling on her leash and glad to go for a walk.

Made it to Deming…

After traveling 367 miles we landed at the Low-Hi RV Park, that we will call home for the next couple of days.  I drove up to Rockhound State Park but it was full, so will check it out after the weekend and hopefully we can find a nice spot there for 14 days.  Below is a pic I had previously posted of her at the vet with her carrier in the background.  She did not like being confined in that carrier for one minute.

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Yesterday Chica took the big plunge in to the fulltime RV lifestyle.  Prior to that she had never been out of Mesa, AZ but now has been in 2 states.  WOW!!  She really enjoyed the ride and being able to get out at different rest stops along the way.  Now she is comfortably sleeping at my feet and looking forward to all the adventures I have told her about.  She is especially looking forward to going to Canada and seeing big moose and bears this spring.

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Finally meet my soul mate!!!

Working the Angels Spring Training Games

I am still working the Angels Spring Training games in Tempe.  It has been fun and I am meeting a lot of fun people.  I usually work 3-4 games per week.  I am not making a lot of money, but it pays the expenses.

Weather has been beautiful…

You really can’t beat the beautiful Arizona weather.  The days have been in the high 70’s with a slight breeze at times.  However it will be changing shortly as they expect the temps to dip into the low 60’s tomorrow with a possibility of rain.  There is a game scheduled and hope we don’t get rained out.  After a couple days in the 60’s it is predicted to go back into the 70’s with more great weather.

Found my soul mate!

After many years of searching I finally found my soul mate.  I wasn’t even looking for her.  She just happened to run into me.  I was talking to my sister on the phone and just happened to look out and see her.  I went outside to meet her and we both knew we were made for each other.  Here is a neat pic of her.

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She was very hungry and had crusty eyes.  She came into my rig and made herself at home.  I have been looking for anyone that may have lost here, but without any success.  I checked with the office and they did not know who her owner was.  However she did say that there have been many little Chihuahuas running wild in the area.

I checked Craig’s List and the SPCA here in Mesa without any luck.  I have had her over 2 weeks so decided if nobody claimed her that she and I would make a nice pair. HA!!

Potty training

Although I don’t think she is a puppy I have still had to housebreak her.  It was not very easy at first and there were a lot of accidents.  It was probably mostly my fault as I didn’t let her out often enough.

We have finally gotten into the swing of things as far as potty breaks go and she is much improved.  She still doesn’t bark to let me know when to take her out or even go to the door.  But when I see her sniffing around I know it is time.

Vet day…

Since I haven’t heard from anyone who may have been her owner, I decided to take her to the vet and have her scanned to see if she had a microchip implanted that would tell me who owned her.  They scanned her and came up with nothing.  I decided at this time that she and I would be soul mates for life so I had her checked out by the vet who gave her two shots (which she did not like at all).  They also implanted a microchip and trimmed her nails (which she also hated).  A couple of her nails where almost ingrown and it looked like they hadn’t been trimmed in a long time.  Here is a pic of her at the vet.

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I have named her Chica (which means little girl).  It was a great name that my sister suggested.  We are both happy with each other and she hates when I leave to go to the ball park for the games.  She is very excited when I get home.  She is really a lot of fun and a very happy girl!