The Travels of Mouse, Part 1

G’day people, Mouse here.

I’m writing this post because quite clearly Mum isn’t going to. She is carrying heaps of useless stuff into the caravan, while my Important Things are being ignored. I don’t know whether to be annoyed or alarmed that my walkies bag, harness, lead, bed towel and bowls are still lying around. Mum is being especially nice to me, and gave me milk and some very nice roast pork left over from her lunch roll because she thinks I’m stressed. They were very acceptable, but I’m cross that no-one has explained what is Going On. Also, my red blankie, my Thunder Shirt and my OzDog bandanna have disappeared. I’m sure the Staff mean well, but I am the Boss round here and I should be kept informed.

Dad is noisily blowing up tyres and checking that stinky thing under the car bonnet. Mum is lugging piles of clothes and food and baskets of that sewing stuff she likes into the caravan and hiding it as if it were real bones.

Time to Investigate.


Well, they’ve finally explained to me. We are leaving tomorrow morning, right after my breakfast and walkies. We are going to spend 4 days driving down to one of my favourite holiday spots at Nambucca Heads.

Uncle Jonathan and Aunty Chippy are driving up from Melbourne to meet us and stay there too, so I can confidently expect lots of cuddles, tickles and spoiling, as I deserve. I’m sure that I can play up a bit longer and pretend to be upset and worried so that the Staff will give me more treats… And of course, now I can look forward to walks on the beach, lunch in the sunshine, visiting my mate Diesel Dog and his Staff, etc. And of course Mum, Dad, Uncle J and Aunty C will be doing a lot of sitting around and chatting and doing weird stuff with their paws while I snooze in the sun, which will be a nice change, as it’s normally just me and Mum (aka Chief of Staff & Quartermaster).

Apparently, our journey is as follows: Home – Tannum Sands – Landsborough – Yamba – Nambucca Heads. And then Nambucca Heads – Glen Innes – St George – Roma – Lake Maraboon – Home, a round trip of about 5,200km (3,200 miles). Sounds like a lot of driving for Dad (aka Logistics & Engineering), but Mum says he’s used to it. I don’t mind whatever happens. I’ll be carrying out the duties I do so well.

Sleeping in the back seat.

48 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse, Part 1

  1. Ooooooooo …. itโ€™s almost time ๐Ÿคฉ
    Happy Travels darling Mouse … see you and your mummy & daddy next week ๐Ÿฅฐ
    Aunty Chippy doing a happy dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ

  2. Hi Mouse, You’ll understand the need for the packing of things soon enough. Looking forward to seeing you and your Staff. Safe and enjoyable travels.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve just seen Mum packing kibble and frozen Mouse-meals, so I get the idea, but I’m still not sure what they need all those clothes for… Still, anything that keeps the Staff amused while I’m sleeping! Say hello to Diesel for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Steph says:

    Have a great trip!

  4. Hi Mouse, Roo and Orchid here. You really landed on your paws there! It’s ages since we went on holiday. A caravan sounds a great idea – lots of space for all your stuff and plenty of new people to give you fuss and treats. Make sure Mum types lts of posts for you so we know what you are up to and keep those staff well trained!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hey Roo and Orchid! Mum and Dad made me a special bed of my own in the caravan instead of the banquette seat, and a drawer underneath for my Important Stuff, so I’m very comfy in there. And the people in the holiday park at Nambucca Heads know me and give me lots of petting, so I’m looking forward to getting there. Mum says she’ll definitely post along the way โ€“ I’ll tell her what photos to take and make sure there are plenty of photos of Me!

      • You are lucky! Hassan (Mum’s son) is turning a van into a camper van and says we can go in it when it is finished but he doesn’t have a dog so he won’t think to make us a special place or a store for our stuff. Enjoy your holiday but make sure they know your routine is upset and they must give you extra fuss and treats!

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, I *could* lie at the end of the bunks and make the humans shift their feet, but as they’ve been so considerate…. And actually, they’re quite considerate about the routine, too. I get my meals and walkies and belly rubs at the usual times. It’s just the sights and smells that are different. I really don’t mind too much โ€“ but I’m not letting them know that; as you say, it means more treats!

  5. Sharon says:

    Have a fabulous vacation and enjoy!!!!

  6. Dayphoto says:

    HAVE FUN! It sounds like a blast! Boomer and Mom

  7. Oh so very much fun is going to be had! Don’t forget to give the hoomans a happy dance for packing all the stuff – you’ll be glad they did xoxo Siddy

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Siddy, Oh, you have a happy dance too? I like to jump up and down on just my front legs and do zoomies in the back yard ๐Ÿ™‚ Mum and Dad have even packed water from home for me because all the travel stuff smells funny… And they have made my bed very comfy with blankies from home too. They’re pretty good, my Staff… I supervised a bit on the trip, but once I could see Dad had things under control, I just went to sleep!

      • That’s a good happy dance. I happy dance when my pee goes all in my potty and when I get an extra tasty treat and when my mumma tells me I can go to my favourite place. I jump up and down too and toss one of my toys (or anything else that’s handy) into the air several times then I have to have a wee rest. I like to have my head out the window when there’s driving. I don’t sleep much in the car. Sometimes I’m a very sleepy boy when we get there. I hope you have a good holiday.

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, I toss my toys about when I want to go for a walk but Mum is being too slow. I also toss my towel and my red blankie and drag them into the sewing room to make a point. So far, the holiday has been good, plenty of treats and lots of walkies in new places!

  8. tialys says:

    Mouse, you must let us know how it goes. We are a bit worried because we have been to the vets and now have something called a Pet Passport which I think means we might be going somewhere. Our lady human says it’s something that might or might not happen and, even if it does, she doesn’t know when. Doesn’t she realise us dogs need routine in our lives? Have a good trip.
    Flo and Stan xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Flo and Stan, please don’t be too worried. If your Mum is anything like mine, she’ll be very good at making you comfortable and quickly setting a new routine for you to get used to. Mine has said her overseas travel days are over and she’s “let both her passports expire” whatever that means. I think having passports must be rather grand and you should be pleased! Wherever you go, you’ll be OK so long as your Mum and Dad are there. I’ll be writing more posts soon, especially as this place we’re staying at right now is *brilliant!*

  9. Hey Mouse, great to hear from you. So glad you are getting the attention and spoils that you so richly deserve. Travel safe!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, Miss Jill, it’s been a great holiday so far; I’m really enjoying all the smells, revisiting the familiar ones and investigating the new ones! It will be nice to be still, and in one place for a while though…

  10. anne54 says:

    Hi Mouse, you will be on the way by now, hopefully enjoying some weals along a new beach and finding new people to pet and make a fuss of you!. Have a great trip.

  11. Susan Nixon says:

    Ah, your caravan is so cute, and I’m so jealous. I’d love to be out on the road again! I miss that full time experience, even though it’s been 10 years since I lived it for 5 years. =) Enjoy every minute with the Boss and get plenty of walkies for you both. =)

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is convinced this entire holiday has been designed for his comfort and benefit, and he’s only partly wrong… The caravan is very small, but very comfortable and carefully arranged for maximum enjoyment of our trips. As I write, Mouse is lounging on his caravan bed with his head on a pillow and his red blankie keeping off the cool breeze of the aircon. Poor, poor baby….

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    Did they explain about 360 staff appraisals. This is when the staff get told how well they do their jobs and everyone gets to tell everyone what they think. I would certainly recommend that you mention poor communication skills. Just telling you at the last minute is not on, you need to be invloved with the planning stages. Did you check they had allowed for doggy breaks on the journey, enough time for sniffs and marking your presence? If not raise it immediately and cerainly in the appraisals. Good luck with this crew, sounds as if you have your paws full. xx

    • katechiconi says:

      Dear Miss Cathy, thank you so much for the very useful information! To be entirely fair, I’ve been on a couple of trips in the caravan before and perhaps I *could* have anticipated things from what was going on, but I was very, very busy sleeping. Also, Mum did inform me that they had carefully chosen caravan parks that welcome dogs, and indeed, so far, I have been made very welcome, with lots of admiration from the park staff and other dog parents. My Staff are actually very good at building in comfort stops and have bookmarked all the leash-free dog parks en route on the satnav thingy. It has actually been pretty comfortable and suits my habits so far…. and after all, why keep a Staff and do the hard work yourself?

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Have great holiday Mouse and tell your servants to have a great holiday as, will you please ??

  14. Daisy says “milk the stress” – she claims it always leads to extra treaties

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, it has, it has! I have managed to dispose of a whole bag of ‘Nature’s Goodness Grain Free Lamb & Rosemary Treats’, and am working on the ‘Beef & Sundried Tomato’ version…

  15. Just love Mouse as author — “hiding it as if it were real bones.”

  16. This sounds like a fabulous trip for the three of you. Happy trails!

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