On the road with Fun Nana

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By Vicki Scott

This week we plan to bring the dogs back to Glencoe for a visit. Every time we drive up from Dadeville without our dogs, a neighbor’s dog comes to the fence at some point during our visit, sniffing around and acting like she is looking for something. I remember watching our dogs race this dog down the fence making a playmate from the other side of the fence.

One day we left both the fence gate and front door to our house open. Despite her skittishness, the neighbor’s dog came right on in. As she looked around, it dawned on me that she was looking for our dogs. If we are able to bring our dogs, I cannot wait to see them race each other again.

That will be a difficult task being that we will have our oldest grandchild, sweet Ava Jaymes, until around 2 p.m., when we pick up Saylor Rhea and Tyler Kate. Their parents do not get off work until 5 p.m., and as soon as we unload “the grands,” we plan to load the dogs up and head to Glencoe.

I feel like we are going on vacation but there are so many things to get done. Let’s see: we will travel a little over an hour with Ava, who will probably sleep until we get the other two grands. We then travel back to our lake house in Dade-ville for another hour. That will leave us with another two hours with three grands until our son arrives to take Ava Jaymes with him.

Another option would be to travel to get the grands with Ava Jaymes, then go to our daughter Eva’s home in Millbrook and wait until she or her husband Trey comes home. Afterwards, we could come back to our lake house and load up the dogs up when Joseph comes to get Ava Jaymes. That would probably work better, because Ava Jaymes is out of school on fall break and Saylor Rhea and Tyler Kate have school the next day.

Traveling an hour with three very talkative grand-children could get ugly. I love our grands and try to prevent situations where I might need to be firm, which would then damage my Fun Nana reputation. If Ava travels alone, she sleeps most of the way. I think Ava would love helping us load the dogs as well.

When we brought our dogs to the lake, there were no issues. Their cage that we won at the McClendon Auction was a perfect fit for the ride, and they loved it. My prayer is that it works out just as well on this trip. I know there are people who take their dogs on vacation with them, and kudos to them. As a cat person, our dogs are training me in the act of traveling with pets. I appreciate their patience. If all goes well in Glencoe, I might see some of our seniors from the George Wallace Senior Center. This would be easier if the center was open, but safety first.

Stay safe, y’all!

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