We went to puppy school and had a great time. Class was uneventful. The heat was brutal outside, so after a couple of potty trips and their class, the puppies were fairly tired and ready to go home. We stopped to get something cold to drink and some ice for the puppies. We turned onto the main road and started our trip home. A few minutes into the trip, the car lost power. The a/c and electronics were still going, but the engine was not. Neither was the power steering. Mom pulled over to the shoulder and tried starting the car again. Nothing. We were already too far to walk back on the hot sidewalk in full sun to Petsmart. There was a little business not too far away, so we decided to walk over and at least wait in the shade on the side of the building. When we got there, Mom went inside and asked if we could bring the puppies in out of the heat. The car thermometer had said 98 degrees- so it was really hot. At first, they agreed to let us sit with the puppies inside for a while until the wrecker could come and pick up the car, but then the main lady decided that it might be a liability to have dogs in her shop and asked us to wait outside. I will not share my opinion of her here. Suffice it to say that I don't think she was much of a dog person.
We took the puppies outside and sat in the grass beside the building while we waited for a wrecker to come for the car and someone to come for all of us. One of the ladies that had been in the business felt sorry for us and brought us a pitcher of water for the puppies.
After about an hour, Dad decided to try the car to see if it would start again after sitting for a while. Mom was waiting with the puppies in the shade when Dad came driving up. The car had in fact started, so we loaded everyone back into the car and took off again. Mom wasn't too convinced that our problems were over, but Dad went ahead and cancelled the wrecker. About five minutes into the drive, the car did it again- this time in front of a feed store. Mom immediately got out and started unloading puppies again. We walked over to the feed store, where the guy working there had come out to see what was going on. The puppies were all very polite and didn't bark at him. He was very impressed by all of them and couldn't get over how well behaved they were. He told us we were welcome to stay there as long as we needed to. We didn't bother asking to go in, and just stayed in the shade in the front porch area. Miss B didn't understand why we weren't going inside where it was cool and even whimpered at the door. They aren't used to not being allowed inside.
The man there talked to us for quite a while. His son had pit bulls too, and he was so impressed with how ours looked that he even asked to take pictures of our dogs so he could text his son. The owner drove up and he told her what was going on with all of the pit bulls on the front porch. She brought out a Tupperware container with water in it for the puppies and even offered us something to drink. They were incredibly nice.
The wrecker finally arrived and whisked the car off to the mechanic. Dad had gotten in touch with a friend who had a car big enough to hold us and all of our dogs. His wife was at the dentist, but he agreed to come get us as soon as his wife was finished. Finally, just before 6 PM our ride arrived. The puppies didn't quite understand the idea of getting into someone else's car, but as soon as they felt the air conditioner, they decided it wasn't so bad and calmed right down. The four big puppies sat in the back of the small SUV and Miss M sat on the middle seat with us. She took a minute to greet everyone, then laid her head on Mom's leg and went to sleep.
Our fuzzy children were completely tuckered out, and were still a little lethargic the next day. Miss B's muzzle was very pink- I think she must have gotten a sunburn. It's starting to get back to normal now. All of the puppies went out to use the restroom first thing in the morning the next day, but then they went back to sleep and stayed asleep until around 11 AM! Talk about sleeping in!
Since we haven't posted any pictures of the cats lately, here is a picture of Kitty S trying to convince us that she needed to have a piece of birthday cake. We are glad we got them spayed. They have actually been a lot calmer since then. Kitty P has gotten extra cuddly since then and jumps onto the bed to snuggle up next to us any time we are in the bedroom.
I think the previous owners must have fed them things directly out of the fridge because every time I open the door, they run over and stand up on their back paws to stretch up as far as they can so they can check out the selection. I have to actually physically move them before I can close the door again.