Throw some clothes in a bag. Pack twice as much for the dog.
It’s time for a road trip.
Looking at Leaves Along the Highway
The U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis gave us an excuse to take a long drive at the peak of leaf peeping season in our area. Like most things, the fall color made me think of dogs.
One of the only good things about car travel is that you can enjoy long views of fall color over the hills and valleys. It’s those scenic vistas that most people think of when they take a road trip during autumn.
I’m busy taking the short view and thinking about dogs.
I look for the riotous color of the scrubby shrubs and weeds that grow along the wide of the road more than the rolling hills covered with maples. I love the sumacs with their deep red seed pods, the gold and rust of the ferns carpeting the forest, and the yellow milkweed.
Do You Like Your Leaves Purebred or Mutt?
Now what does this have to do with dogs?
The vast swaths of color dressing the hills are like purebred dogs. They come to mind first. They provide the definitions (“she’s like a Golden Retriever with some Australian Shepherd thrown in” or “looks like a Chihuahua with a stepladder picked up a German Shepherd”).
Of course they’re beautiful. No one can miss the consistency of hue and the sheer volume of color.
They aren’t planted. They just crop up. They make their homes wherever they can get enough soil, sun, and water to grow. Their identity is a mystery to most of us.
Sound like any dogs you know?
A World Without Mutts
The noble goal of emphasizing spay and neuter is to make sure no dog ends up unwanted in a shelter. Or worse. I believe it’s one of the most effective ways to improve the welfare of companion animals.
But, if against all hopes, we succeeded in preventing any unplanned litters, we’d no longer have mutts. And I would miss that.
Consistent, stunning, and vast beauty is wonderful.
But it’s the beauty that surprises you that makes life special.
It’s Pet Travel Thursday. Check out my reading suggestions for planning a fall road trip with your pet at A Traveler’s Library along with some lovely photos from our friends at Tales and Tails.