A Trip Out East

Last month, Miles and I travelled out to the east coast of Canada, to visit my mother, who is helping my Nana, and of course, my Nana. Nana was having surgery, so I wanted to be around to help my mother and her throughout it. Miles is a great traveller, and was happy to come along.

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Miles must know airports by now.

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Miles snuck some airport gate chair time before boarding. This was taken moments before he assumed the “complementary airline pretzels? terrier style!” pose he is so good at.

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Our longest flight, the cabin was so hot! Miles drank lots of water, so when we landed in Toronto, the ladies at the gate took pity on Miles. Normally dogs aren’t allowed outside, but they saw he was friendly and well-trained, and one of them agreed to take Miles out. Miles was very happy!

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We visited Nana right away. She just moved into a retirement home earlier this year. It was nice to see that her new digs look a lot like her home did. It wasn’t easy for her, after living in her house for around 30 years. I told her how brave I think she is.

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Miles was happy to enjoy a familiar couch.

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Seeing that Nana had me and Miles right by her bed made me feel very loved.

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My Nana lives in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor looks right at Detroit, Michigan, and vice versa. We went for a walk along the water, and enjoyed the Detroit skyline. During prohibition, boats smuggled booze across the water! Anyway, it is a fitting place for me, because my background is half Canadian, and half American.

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We crashed at our lakeside digs in nearby Kingsville, Ontario. Miles was immediately taken by the intense scent and sounds of the vast flora and fauna. He was on high alert, so I realized shutting the blind would be a must if I wanted to get some sleep!

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I brought work with me. I also brought with me the gumption to get some agility studying in while we were away. The second day of the trip, I zipped into Home Depot, cut up some PVC piping in record time. I made such a big impression on the plumbers that were also shopping, that they came and told me my PVC cutting technique was new to them, and impressively fast and accurate. I was embarrassed, and laughed, and they said, “no really! We mean it. Can you show us again?” Ha! Back at the ranch, I popped together two practice jumps. I’ll post the instructions I came up with later.

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Agility by the lake! This picture looks so glamorous — in reality I soon had to switch to practicing on the other side of the place. There were many bunnies on the lakeside. Miles and I practiced backside sends, Japanese handling, and reverse spins. Thanks to a year under our belt of training with a great instructor, I am finally getting to the point where I can practice fancy moves on my own. I never imagined this day would come.

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My mother took Miles down to the water. I followed behind, taking in the beautiful surroundings. Kingsville is the Southern most town in Canada. It was warm and all around stunningly scenic.

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A flock of loons. Yup, if you’ve ever been to Canada, those are what the Canadian dollar are named after!

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“Are you coming? Are you coming!?

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Miles’ favorite part of the lakeside retreat was the windows.

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Miles’ preferred perch. He can leap to this spot on any couch, without ruffling pillows or blankets, and without disturbing someone lying down on it! Which can be quite disconcerting if you are in fact half-asleep on a couch…

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In the late afternoon, bunnies played outside, completely unconcerned with the terrier hysteria that would erupt inside.

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It was a good trip. I most mostly the all-purpose helper and chef, and Miles was seriously well-behaved, and there to lift everyone’s spirits. He was extremely popular at the retirement home! Nana had as good a surgery experience as one can have, and is turning 92 in a few days.

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In the next few posts, I will share the hiking adventures we had at the Southern most point in Canada! We love to travel, and we fit in as much as we can. Despite and maybe even because of all of the hard work that needed to get done on this trip, hikes were a must.

8 comments on A Trip Out East

  • Kim

    I love your posts! Great photos too! My 13 year old Welsh terrier is a great travel companion too. She also looks at me as intently as Miles looks at you!!! “Ok what’s next Mom?”!! Love the Welshie!

    • Emma (author)

      Hi Kim, she sounds so cute! I’d love to see pictures!

  • Kim M

    A flock of loons. I lived in Northern Wisconsin and only would see two loons together, or a mom with babies. I would give anything to see such a sight. Once in Denver I saw one loon in a small lake swimming probably on his way North from where ever he had been that past winter. I miss living by a lake as I had in Minocqua. It was so serene and full of wildlife. I am sure my Sadie would love the experience. Living in Colorado for most of my adult life is so different than the Northwoods; lack of water and less flora is what I miss the most. Miles really enjoys his travels. Do you fly with a certain airline that is receptive to Welshies in the cabin? When you take off, does he have to be under the seat? I want to take a trip with Sadie this year and I don’t know if driving is an options when the trip would be several days by car. You photographs are so great, I especially love how you can capture Miles emotion.

    • Danielle

      We took a 3 week long road trip with our Welshie last summer, though we didn’t drive every day. He got restless on the 7 hour driving days, but was a good little traveller otherwise.

    • Emma (author)

      Hi Kim M! I know, right? I couldn’t believe the sight. I wish I had a picture of when they all simultaneously began to take flight. Maybe that is why it is a rare sight too, because they seemed to want to avoid people at all costs.

      I agree about being near water. I live along water now, although inlets & ocean, and it is incredible what wildlife I am used to. I see bald eagles all the time, and I never take it for granted.

      I do prefer an airline, and have had bad experiences with others. It depends on where you are flying to and from — so far, most of my air travel has been to visit my grandmother and family in Ontario. For that, I prefer WestJet – WestJet is awesome! Different airlines have different requirements, so I can’t speak to it for sure. Most of the time airlines that allow pets require the pet to be in a soft crate in the cabin, and in that case, they usually have to stay in the crate throughout the flight. I open Miles’ crate to offer him water and snacks. Miles has never minded take off, but I have done a lot of training with him.

      And thank you for your kind words about the blog. I am really happy you are enjoying it! 🙂 That means a lot to me.

  • Danielle

    Gosh Emma,
    I had to make a list of all of the things I wanted to comment on so I wouldn’t forget any!
    I love the photo of Miles asleep on the couch at your Nana’s. I can imagine that happening quickly with the exhaustion of travelling – “Couch! I’ve missed you! ZZZzzzzz”
    I think it’s so sweet that your Nana has pictures of you and Miles nearby and what a gorgeous photo of you!!!
    I think it’s amazing that you have a PVC cutting technique that professionals are jealous of – yet another career you’d be good at!!!
    Haha – maybe all agility events should include the distraction of bunnies on the course!
    Terrier Hysteria – loved that! And so true! Millie definitely developed terrier hysteria whenever she spotted a cat.
    And Miles is so handsome!! I love your photo stories and can’t wait to read more!! I’m glad you had a great trip.

    • Emma (author)

      You are too sweet D! I feel like that about your videos, photos, and stories too!

      Miles loves being at Nana’s, especially because she appreciates cleanliness and cushy couches and rugs as much as he does. I only have a small couch, and no rugs. Miles just loves rolling around on clean rugs and cushy couches, haha.

      I felt really loved that Nana had those pictures by her bed. Thanks for the compliment, that was taken not long before I got Miles, man how time flies! To see Miles there with the pic of me, it felt like nothing else.. My Nana has never been an animal person, not really until Miles. She loves him so much, it feels so good that he has touched her so much.

      Miles and Millie, they really have so much in common. Miles and Millie would have been a great cat chasing team. My neighbor has two exotic tiny sleek pure white cats — they always stand out in any surrounding, and when they see Miles and run, they stand out way more moving than any other creature. Like a blaze of white lightning. And Miles’ head explodes.

      If agility adopts mandatory rabbit distraction proofing, then asta la vista, baby. We’d be done. Hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Darcy

    Emma,
    It is so great that you have your Nana still, and that you and Miles can go visit her! Everyone benefits from a visit, and add a Welsh to the visit, it equals magic. I am very glad you could all be there to help and that the surgery went well. Surgery of any kind can be nerve wrecking… Always good to have family and a dog! So you that you brought work with you! Ha! I’m very impressed that the employees at the hardware were asking you for demos on cutting PVC pipe! You go! My Sally is equally Welsh Terrier hysterical about bunnies. She’s only ever caught and killed mice, but she goes out of her mind over bunnies.. Even on TV! (Bunnies and Dire wolves… She leaps off the couch and runs to the TV whenever “Game of Thrones” shows a dire wolf..) one of my most favorite parts of reading your blog is seeing the photos of ?Miles IMMACULATELY groomed! Always a joy to me… I like to imagine someday you will teach me all about it! Love you,
    Darcy, Chester and Sally

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