We’re here! Here being the fabulous Hotel Indigo in fabulous San Diego.
I’m not usually so superlative but I’m feeling very upbeat.
The three-pronged approach to dog calming — playing the Through a Dog’s Ear CD, using the Calming Collar (though I put it on the car seat, not on Frankie) and giving Frankie an herbal chill pill (sorry, I forgot to write down the name) seems to have worked. The ride to San Diego was far better than those I’ve had in the past. In fact, the first half hour I almost killed us both on the freeway because I kept trying to find Frankie. I usually spot him by looking in the vanity mirror, because he’s in my line of vision, standing up vigilantly, but this time I couldn’t see him, no matter how I adjusted the mirror. I was convinced he’d somehow twisted out of his harness and was being strangled by the seat belt.
And no, all you who believe in the magical power of thinking bad thoughts, I didn’t cause any of that to happen.
It turned out he was lying down. Out of my line of vision.
He did eventually stand up. But without shaking and panting.
Now here’s where the caffeine part of this post’s title comes in. I usually have my fair share of coffee in the morning while I’m working but I left early and didn’t want to have to have to make any rest stops before Dateland which has shaded dog kennels that you can lock. That’s a story for another post. Suffice it to say, I was wired enough by the drive with Frankie not to feel the need for any coffee. By the time we got to San Diego, it was late afternoon, and definitely time for calm down happy hour beverages, not coffee.
I turned in early, figuring that my sense of exhaustion was from a seven hour drive.
Then I woke up this morning with a raging headache.
I couldn’t think of a cause but suddenly remembered: A friend who decided to stop drinking Tab cold turkey — it was a while ago; no one drinks Tab anymore, do they? — suffered from terrible caffeine withdrawal. That must be what was happening to me, I realized, since I’d had no coffee at all yesterday.
So I took the cure: Two Tylenol and a cup of coffee. And now I’m feeling fabulous!
Two more bits of fabulousness:
Frankie and I are featured in today’s R.O.A.R squad at Fido & Wino’s blog.
And DancingDogBlog.com posted a terrific review of Am I Boring My Dog.