In our latest Caturday Art post, Sadie attempted to ride the school bus. She did not particularly enjoy the experience. So today I thought we would test out another form of back to school transportation – a convertible. Sadie looks pretty excited to drive her pretty pink convertible. In fact, she may be too excited. With the way she is sticking her tongue out at me, I won’t be surprised if she’ll be skipping school and taking that flashy car for a joyride instead.
I’m one of those women with the magical purse that has just about anything you need hiding within. If you just give me a minute or two to dig around, I can probably come up with a snack of some kind, a hairbrush, a deck of cards, a cell phone charger, and some post it notes. But being a Dog Mom means adding a whole other set of necessities to my handbag. As much as I want to be prepared for anything I might need, I absolutely must be prepared for all of Sadie’s needs. Here is a list of the typical items found in the purse of this loving Dog Mom.
Doggie bags (I just don’t like calling them poop bags)
Collapsible food and water bowls
Puppy training pad in case of indoor emergencies
Camera to capture any spontaneous cuteness (I know I don’t need to carry a camera anymore with high quality cell phone photos, but I can’t seem to break this habit)
LED collar, in case we end up out walking after dark
Spare ID tag, in case Sadie’s gets lost (I actually use an ID tag as one of my keychains, so I always have one on me)
Folding rain coat
It may seem like I have every dog product ever made inside my purse, but there are actually quite a few potentially useful items I’ve left out. I personally have decided not to carry the following items, but you may want them on hand in your purse for your dog. Some of the items may also be useful to take with you depending on where you and your dog are headed for the day. I regularly add and subtract items from my purse depending on Sadie’s and my destination.
Water bottle – a very important item in some climates and at certain times of year, but it’s usually too heavy for me to carry unless Sadie and I plan to go on a long walk. I usually have a bottle waiting in the car for us to rehydrate. You may want to consider those water pouches as a lighter alternative if you want water on you at all times.
Clicker – Sadie and I don’t clicker train, but if you do than you probably should keep a spare clicker in your purse
Blanket – useful, but too bulky for everyday carrying
Towel – even more useful, but also too bulky
Medication – if your dog requires medication, you may want to keep a supply in your purse in case you are away for longer than intended and your dog needs to take a dose
While these photos are adorable and football related, they aren’t actually Super Bowl selfies. But true story – Sadie and I really attempted to take actual selfies in front of the actual Super Bowl!
Three years ago, the Super Bowl was held here in NJ, just ten minutes from our house. I hated the idea that such a big event was happening so close and there was nothing Sadie or I could do to see it. So like everyone else in America, we sat at home and began to watch the game (or mostly watch the commercials). But as halftime got closer, Sadie and I grew restless. I decided we should jump in the car and at least drive by the stadium to see what we could see. The stadium sits right next to a major highway that is always really crowded as it leads directly into New York City. But apparently during the Super Bowl everyone stays home, even if the Super Bowl is happening a few miles away. Sadie and I were the only car in sight as we approached the stadium, aside from the police cars positioned all along the road. We drove past and decided to turn around to be on the same side of the road as the stadium. As soon as we came back around, the lights of the stadium got brighter and I pulled over onto the shoulder. When I rolled down my window I realized that the halftime show must have just started and I could hear Bruno Mars perfectly! So Sadie, her Grammy, and I sat in the car on the side of the highway listening to the actual Super Bowl halftime show. And then the fireworks started. It looked amazing from our perspective to see the whole sky over the stadium lit up. That’s when Sadie and I tried to take some selfies, but with the bright flashes and the reflective car windows, none of them came out. I know most of America was watching from home that night, but I don’t think anyone else had a view as beautiful and unique as ours. I have to say that was by far my favorite failed selfie attempt.
It’s that time of year when the weather’s nice and everyone is ready to spend some time outdoors. But in order to go exploring somewhere new, you must survive the car ride. Sadie is much more well behaved in the car than other dogs I’ve seen. She doesn’t get car sick; she doesn’t bark or jump around. My little pup’s problem is more about anxiety in the car. If we’re not going to our office or our house, Sadie can tell and she’s not happy about it. Even if we are going somewhere really fun and Sadie will have a blast when we get there, in the car Sadie is panting and shaking. But on the way home, Sadie is usually one happy pup. All of these blooper photos were taken on the ride back from an adventure, when Sadie is all smiles because somehow her internal GPS can tell we are going home.