Miz Lizzie Adventures: before we go

We’re off!

Just a short trip, but it’ll tell us whether Mouse enjoys the road trip/caravan experience. We’re hoping, of course, that he’ll love it as much as we do, and make lots of new doggy friends along the way.

One thing Miz Lizzie wasn’t equipped with was a large dog bed. Mouse is not a small person, and when he sleeps, it’s usually with all four legs sprawled out. We weren’t about to make him sleep outside so sleeping accommodation had to be arranged. Between us, the Husband and I have come up with a Cunning Plan. The banquette seat opposite the Husband’s bunk is used once a day, tops, and often not at all. We’ve removed the fixed table, which was large, cumbersome and heavy, and have replaced it with a folding table which goes down flat most of the time.

So we’ve run a board across from under the cushions of the banquette to a ledge the Husband installed along the side of his bunk platform. It has stops to prevent it sliding about. On top, we have the option of using the seat cushions as a doggy mattress, or better still, a section of the old bunk mattresses we’ve replaced, with the backrest cushions at either end.

We lured Mouse into Miz Lizzie (less difficult than the first time), made sure we were both occupying the bunks to remove that option, and then encouraged him to jump onto this new doggy bed, now made comfy and familiar with his floor quilt and fleece blankie.ย  Once up, he did his usual spin in place, lay down and proceeded to snooze. Job done. Of course, being right beside him, it now falls to the Husband to provide the constant petting that will be demanded. If he neglects his strokies duty, he’ll get poked by a cold, wet, pointy nose. My bunk, on the other hand, is too far away for Nose Attack. Mwahahaha!

The trip ought to be a well-worn routine by now, but I can’t help feeling it’s going to be a totally new experience, thanks to our shiny black friend in the back seat.

Wish us luck!

55 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: before we go

  1. Perfect arrangement. Mouse looks very chilled about it. No doubt when we next travel the Deez (currently asleep on the end of the bed wrapped in a fuury blanket) will expect similar, so I’ve noted your design and mods. Handy that Mouse has Mr C. as his bunk buddy ๐Ÿพ

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve stopped for the night now, at a fairly basic campsite with the most wonderful view of the Boyne River. Mouse has had a stressful day, and made it felt when he pulled free and ran off into the distance, not once, but twice today. Then he decided the steps up into the caravan were just too much, despite skipping up them happily yesterday. Now he’s fed and sprawled on his bed, so hopefully we’re set for the evening…

  2. happy travels, Mouse looks very comfy.

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s been a little naughty today, but I’m not surprised, as everything was strange and new. Hopefully, practice makes perfect, and he’ll start to enjoy himself soon. The bed, however, is a winner!

  3. Clever, clever, clever! This pooch is going to be king of the road in no time โค Have a wonderful weekend.

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s perfected the art of snoozing flat out in his car hammock in the back seat. He’s demonstrated he can jump up without assistance. He likes his caravan bed. It’s the rest of it he’s not quite sure about yet! It’s all good learning, and we’re learning too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Once he gets the hang of what’s going to happen, Mouse will love the travel I’m sure. As long as you are with him, all will be perfect. I love that you both dote on him and build him into the camper. You are great dog parents. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. He needs to know what to expect; dogs love routine and consistency. We do try to be good dog parents, but we’re both still learning!

      • You have all the important parts down. He needs to trust you to be in charge and so far you are showing him that. It adds a level of security for them. A lot of parents of children or animals don’t understand that. You already do. It will all be ok from that point.

      • katechiconi says:

        I never got the opportunity to be a parent, but I hope my children would have been well behaved! I do wish he had little thought bubbles over his head, though, so I could understand him better. Doggy body language can be difficult for a novice!

      • It won’t take long and you will learn. They are much easier than children. My children don’t have children either. Life is like that. Some (many) people I know have children that don’t like them and move far away or they don’t like their children. It is what it is. You care and that’s all that really matters.

      • katechiconi says:

        I had 16 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews to practice on…. But Mouse is *mine* ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Have a wonderful trip. Your pup looks super comfy and ready to go on adventures.

    • katechiconi says:

      Poor Mouse, it’s the parts between the snoozing on comfy beds that he’s having trouble with! He’ll get there, and we’ll learn what works for him too. One big learning for both of us: leave the dog in the car while you get the caravan set up!

  6. kathyreeves says:

    Mouse looks quite comfy and settled in his new travel bed! Happy trails you three!

  7. Steph says:

    Luxury! That nook looks like it was made for a dog bed!

    We do tent camping, and poor Shinee just has her normal bed at my feet.

    • katechiconi says:

      We needed something large enough, as he’s not a small boy. As we hardly use that seat, it seemed like a no brainer to convert it. And to turn it back into a seat, we just lift out the planks and replace the cushions.
      By the way, Mouse says if Miss Shinee wishes to pay a visit, he’s happy to share ALL his beds. She’d be quite safe… his interest is purely theoretical these days!

  8. Excellent work …. sorry just realised I was off this as I have s new phone and completely forgot to log in again !!! So catching up now …
    Just a precautionary measure though… when the place is all closed up hopefully Mouse will not be too comfy and let off a bomb ๐Ÿ˜„ …. make sure perfume sprays are close at hand.
    I love the way you have made a PortACot for Mouse ๐Ÿพ

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Once he knows his beloveds are going he will be there and have the time of his life.

    • katechiconi says:

      There has been a ilttle naughtiness, but nothing excessive, given how stressful his day has been. It’s all new for him, and we both have to learn how to deal with it. But he’s loving the new places and smells!

  10. That Mouse has landed with his bum in the butter โค

  11. tialys says:

    Mouse โค Miz LIzzie

    So far at least – long may it continue.

    • katechiconi says:

      He loves the interior, not so sure about the steps, but he’ll get used to them. He also doesn’t mind his car hammock one bit either. It’s the waiting around he’s not so keen on…

  12. craftycreeky says:

    He looks very comfortable. The wet nose routine made me laugh, Rosie will put her head under your hand if you ignore her ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      The cold wet nose on the back of your knee, or poked into your bum while you’re busy with something else can be a bit, um, distracting. I also find his habit of lying down right behind my feet while I’m working in the kitchen terrifying. One day, I’ll break both our necks!

  13. KerryCan says:

    You’re bringing important parts of your life together with this inaugural trip! Your planning and clever solution for the bed should make it all very successful.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a very small caravan and he’s a rather large dog, so clearly having him lying on the floor wasn’t going to work. Once that was decided, it was a matter of looking around to see what we could adapt. This works well because turning it back into a seat is the work of seconds, we don’t have to lose the storage it provides, and he’s up off the floor and out of the draft from the air conditioner. I think practice is going to make perfect (or I hope it will!), and as this is only day 1, I’m hoping things will go more smoothly each time.

  14. claire93 says:

    have a great trip!

  15. Cunning is right! Mouse looks smashing in his new bed. (Of course, Mouse always looks smashing.) Bon voyage! Looking forward to reading how it all turns out.

  16. Dayphoto says:

    How much fun! He will delight in it because he is RIGHT there with you!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s been a bit uncertain because of the change of routine, but once he understands this kind of trip has its own routine, I think he’ll be OK. And he’s travelling in some luxury, so at least he’s comfortable!

  17. Very clever. Glad Mouse is so agreeable.

  18. Lynda says:

    I love that you have created a comfy nest for him to sleep in and that he has the hammock in the car. These should go a long way in getting him used to traveling. And, OH, that was scary news! Buddy did a runner on us in a park in the city of Nashville, TN… Bob had to tackle him like a linebacker to stop him! He’s never done that to us since, but what a shock! I hope the Mouse gets used to the new routines on the road quickly.

    • katechiconi says:

      Being a greyhound, and 0-45mph in 3 seconds, we haven’t a hope of tackling Mouse. It’s a question of calling calmly, not chasing him (which turns into a game) and being patient until his curiosity (and greed) bring him back, and praying he doesn’t encounter any dangers in the meantime. We were lucky, we know…

  19. rutigt says:

    Looking so good! I think he (Mouse) will love his new bed!

  20. Joanne S says:

    These pups. They have their way with us, don’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚ Our little boy, Tolly is rascally, energetic and naughty – in a good way. We took him glamping with us (in trepidation) for the first time in August. A few bumps, but I think very successful. You are correct: routine and consistency..when he knows what to expect. BTW, love the ingenious bed!

    • katechiconi says:

      The bed was a huge success. If we’d put him on a pad on the floor, I can guarantee he’d have been jumping on one or other of us in the night for more comfort. This way, he was as comfy as we were, and at the same level, not to mention not tripping us up if we had to go out in the night.

  21. Jeff Lopez says:

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing.

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