October 20, 2010

White Dog, Quinn and I all looked up when Steve came home for lunch and asked, “What do you have planned for this afternoon?” We three exchanged puzzled glances and the White Dogs moved closer to me as I cautiously answered, “Nothing special. Why do you ask?” “I have a slow afternoon and thought maybe you guys might want to go test drive some cars.” A ride? A ride? White Dog and The Other White Dog were at the front door tails wagging in a heartbeat.

Steve has been campaigning for a new family car for a while now. And the reality is with our family’s growth in recent months (Michael and then Quinn joining us) that the SUV is no longer big enough to hold us plus Dragon, Candace and Gregg when we want to all go somewhere. And then there is the always open possibility that another needy pup might somehow find its way into our fold (we came close just recently). So at a time when Steve and I should be considering mid-life crisis imported sports cars, we are contemplating a minivan!

We drove over to the nationwide mega used car dealer (Steve had done lots of research online) to actually test the comfort, roominess and drive of some of the vehicles on his short list. No one could agree on colors, except that we didn’t want light blue or brown. Quinn liked the ease of entry to the minivans, especially the wider door and lower hop up. He wasn’t sure about the lack of a bench seat in the second row but soon discovered he could rest his head on the front console which made him feel like he was “advising” on the driving. TOWD liked that he could lie next to Steve when his dad was sitting in the second row captain chairs. Neither White Dog was crazy about the third row seat because it was “so far away from the action.” We hope with others in the car that they will like the additional room.

White Dog tried out the chairs in back first and while she enjoyed the curl up comfort, she gave a “paws down” to the fact that the window was a stretch to reach (How can you hang your head into the breeze?). The console was wide and would make a lovely sitting perch. WD was leery of the auto close side door but loved the leaping room when it was open. She watched over the “way back” seat as Steve tested how my wheelchair fit in the space…”Perfect!” she woofed over her shoulder to me.

Steve was surprised at the quickness and drivability of the breed (especially with a 4.0 liter engine). Yes, he is a car nut and it has taken him some time to come to terms with the idea of a “soccer mom” car. I think White Dog helped on that front when she suggested he, instead, think of it as a Swiss Army Knife of Vehicles. “You can fold all the seats down, you can put some seats up and others down, you can stow stuff in the floor, you can fit a comfy bed for us, you can put your bike on the roof rack, I bet there are 110 ways to make a minivan useful.”

All of us enjoyed the smooth rides and the climate control (especial the White Dog height cooling vents in the back) as we drove around town and on the highway. After the testing adventure, we thanked the salesman, took his business card (which he tucked into White Dog’s collar), climbed back into the old SUV, and headed home with much to think about… but I am pretty sure I see a new ride coming our way in the not too distant future.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Fred has an Odyssey -

I've not furred it BUT it looks pretty nice!


Teddy Bear said...

We can't wait to see the new minivan. They are very roomie.:)

Teddy Bear

Rebecca said...

I think a minivan sounds nice. They really aren't that bad. In fact - I learned to drive, and drove a van, for 2 years :] Cnat wait to hear an update on your big purchase

Ginger Jasper said...

Sounds realy good to me and you could all fit in very nicely.. Another brother or sister almost came your way eh. Very exciting..Will try to catch up on yur past posts as I hear there is some sponsorship needed.. Hugs GJ xx

Remington said...

We have a minivan....LOVE IT!

Brian said...

Sounds like you had some good testing fun and I'll bet you are right...new wheels ahead!

Mack said...

Our dad loves his Honda CR-V. And it is just perfect for when we all want to go for a Sunday ride (or have to escape a nasty Hurricane)!!

Suka said...

hey Siku Marie and Quinn,

What a super fun day! I love riding in cars, just as you two do! It sounds like a real nice ride, but I agree with Siku Marie that the window is of utmost importance. I cannot ride in a car without my head able to hang out and sniff all the smells!

Good luck on finding a great new ride!


p.s. I loved how you solved the math problem without using math! You are too funny, and too smart!

Sagira said...

Oh boy...can't wait to see what you guys pick out. :)

Cappy the Eskie said...

It sounds wonderful – we’re excited for you and glad that it has a lot of creature comforts. Make sure that you have room for Richard too. Ollie wants to know if it comes with a mini refrigerator.

Dad has his mid-life crisis car – a black Mercedes convertible that compliments his personality – car aficionado that he is.

Mom drives a 1999 Buick Century - my Grandfather’s old car. It has an enormous trunk which stores another section of her mailing supplies. She calls it the *Rolling Dumpster/Postal Annex*. There are no worries about anyone stealing or keying it. It’s also not a ticket-magnet and definitely not an attention-getting car – except when Ollie and I ride in it. Crumbs are allowed and spills are no problem. In fact, it probably evokes a lot of sympathy from the other motorists. That vehicle IS Mom.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We have a minivan, mainly because of all the grandkids that need to be carseated safely. Mom likes the way it drives, and it is quite comfortable to sit it with her long legs. But she does miss her SUV. We can't say any of us are crazy about it, we don't like sitting on the floor but all the back seats have carseats on them:(

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

ooo a new car is always fun. My pups love our Jeep