We had fun, yesterday, but yes, a very long day. To top it off we had a fancy meal with some dignitaries last night. I felt like a monkey in the zoo again. Only a few came over and talked to us and then they had us spread so far from each other that we couldn’t talk. All of us said we were miserable. Even Chris, the important one, said he was scared. You know it had to be bad. Tampa was great. I was scared at first, but Joe took over and Kate was there to help me when I got confused. Pretty soon, Joe and I were going around like we had lived in Tampa all our lives. Well, almost… I had asthma bad toward the end though. I sat in the front of the van on the way back and nebulized with the battery plug thingie. We had an interesting trip back, too. We were about halfway back when Kate suddenly pulls over at an off ramp where the lines mark between the ramp and the right lane. We had smoke come out from under the van majorly. It looks like Kate noticed something was wrong very quickly, so no danger at all. They quickly unloaded everyone and ran us to the other van in the back. They took us one at the time, so there was no waiting on hot pavement for the dogs. I was last. Chuck took Joe for me because with me in the front Joe had to get in and out the folding doors. Kate helped me as I was still wheezing. We all went sighted guide because we were very close to traffic on both sides. After we were all crammed in, we came home with no further incidents. The van was picked up and took for repairs shortly after we left. I took a pic of us all crammed in the back. There were dogs, students, and trainers all sitting or standing crushed together. Everyone rubbed their dogs since they had to sit and be close to another dog and person. It wasn’t bad. Everyone laughed and had a good time. The dogs slept in whatever position they were in. They were exhausted.
When we returned and had watered and relieved the dogs, we all retired to our rooms because the dogs needed a nap. I finished by Sherlock Holmes book and petted Joe while I nebulized.
Later we fed the dogs and waited to eat with the fancy folks. I got out of there as soon as I could. It was 8:00 pm when I finally got free. By then Joe and I were exhausted and I was going to shower. Well, then Misty and Nancy came in. Misty had learned a neat litttle tidbit from a puppy raiser who knew her dog and mine. Misty’s dog Shotzie is Little Joe’s brother. It is obvious that they remember each other. We had already remarked how much they like each other. As we talked about other things and laughed, the dogs slept. Joe and Shotzie moved close together and snuggled together. You couldn’t tell where one dog started and the other ended.
As we were talking, Kate came in a said a rough storm was coming, so we might want to take our dogs out. We all got up to do so. I got dizzy and fell down. I realized that I now felt really bad. Kate said she would take Little Joe out while I tested my sugar level. It was 60. My sugar level had been high before dinner because of the med treatments all day. Kate brought me some M&M’s and a fudgecicle from the kitchen. I was fine shortly.
Anthony joined Nancy and I in my room later. We talked and laughed until almost 11:00. This was not exactly what I had intended, but it was fun. We tested my FM system as Anthony walked around the building in the dark whispering into my mic. I repeated everything to Nancy. It was hilarious as he found one wall with his head, tripped over an extension cord, spilled water on the floor, etc. Anthony is totally blind and has been since birth, so lights wouldn’t have helped him. He is really a big clown, but he knows when and when not to do it. That is better.
Well, I am going to sleep now. Good night.