November 28, 2010

White Dog pouted but brought up a good point. "We need a protocol to follow getting in and out of the car since there are now so many of us!" She had just gotten leashed at the Park because she did not listen to Steve's command to "Wait!" while he put leashes on Quinn and Nuka; instead she had run off to begin her playtime. This was not her normal park and she had cut across a parking lot to get to the exercise area...and she knows better than to do anything but to stay at a "heel" when around cars.

In the way back ancient days (like 9 months ago) WD and Steve went to the Park, jumped out together and all was well. Then Quinn came along and the procedure still allowed her to jump out and sit while Steve helped TOWD out of the SUV (he always wore his leash when we travelled).

Now, with Pumpkin, and The White Dog Army, things are more complicated. First, there are big barn doors on both sides of the car...if Michael gets out one side and Steve is fussing with pups on the other, there is a HUGE invitation to just hop out unnoticed. Then, there is AWD, Nuka. She must be transferred from her seat harness to a leash for walking. Finally, Steve puts on the walking belt and must attach TOWD and AWD to each side. Only then, is it OK for White Dog to follow along sans restraint. Once Puff is willing to go on adventures with us, fitting her into the routine will add another twist. (One that we look forward to dealing with).

So after making sure we had a quorum, The White Dog Army discussed the issues and established a set of guidelines to be followed until we come up with a better plan: Only one door (any door) can be open in the car at any time; White Dog must wait in the driver's seat for Steve to come back around to let her out after everyone else is leashed; Quinn, since he sits on a pad near the passenger door gets leashed first and immediately is attached to the belt (if it is being used); and Nuka gets transferred from seat to leash last and is not hooked onto the belt until she is on terra firma (she tends to get herself all tangled up). On the way in, WD goes first, then AWD, and TOWD is last before the door is shut.

We all agreed that this was to insure every one's safety as well as to keep momma's stress levels low. The Plan worked when we got back to the house except there was a pileup with everyone trying to get in the front door at the same time (it was like a really silly slapstick routine)...I guess there are still a few details that need work.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I see daily drills to get all of woo in line!

Humans inkhluded!


TwoSpecialWires said...

It will become so routine. But we have a feeling that that compulsive checking and double checking will always stay in force. All to assure everybuddy's safety AND Momma's sanity. We know. It's our drill.

Much love
Jake and Fergi

(Just how many times must a two-legged check a leash clasp to be PAWSITIVE it is latched?)

Teddy Bear said...

That sounds like a great plan.:) I'm sure you'll all have the routine down in no time.:)

Teddy Bear

Brian said...

I do think it sounds like a good plan...just needs some practice so y'all will have to go to the park more often!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Everyone! We have missed seeing you all so much! We wish we could visit more but mom's stupid computer at work is still blocked! We think it is smart that you came up with a routine and are not going to have more than one door open at a time. IT sounds like it will be a great way for everyone to get into a routine (the advantage with cats is they are always in carriers - no one can leave!) We hope that this works and that everyone gets used to it very quickly!!

Ginger Jasper said...

I am sure you will son have everything down to a fine art. So long as everypup says safe that is all that matters.. Hugs GJ x

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great plan - now to make it work:) We all pile up on the stairs at the back door when we get home from our walks - it is a race to the water bowls here.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

The wait command has been instilled in Baily and Mesa. Luckily with Big Carl being so small, he isn't apt to jump out of the jeep without assistance