We had planned to leave yesterday morning about 7:15 to go to Branson to meet my uncle and cousin. We had the dachshunds’ crates in the car, two sets of sheets for each crate, dog beds for riding, food for both (Cooper still gets puppy food), bowls, water, bones to chew, and an extra set of clothes for me in chase either or both got sick. It was worse than traveling with small children!
We got in the car, got everyone situated and buckled in. Car had a dead battery! A door had been left open. Vince had some fast charging gizmo so he hooked that up and in about 10 minutes, the car started. By then, I had realized Oscar just wasn’t up to a car trip. I was bleeding in two places from his nails. He was in a panic and we hadn’t left the garage yet. We got him out, got his crate out, took him back downstairs and he stayed home with Rita. Oscar eats twice a day and doesn’t drink a lot of water during the day but Cooper drinks a lot of water and eats three small meals for now. I didn’t want to leave him all day so we went ahead and took him and he was just perfect. He slept in the car, he played with my uncle and cousin’s dogs. He was quiet in his crate when we left him to go eat – just overall a well behaved puppy.
We ended up leaving the house about 7:35 and we were back home a little after 3:00 so Oscar was fine. He had water and he had no accidents in the crate. We’re going to try to work with him . . start by getting in the car and driving around the block . . heck, as bad as things went yesterday, maybe just backing out of the garage and then coming back in for a while.
That wasn’t all the drama. We got just past Springfield and a tire pressure light came on. Ughh! Poor car, part of it is our fault for never driving it. Vince used to put extra air in the tires for winter and he hasn’t been doing that but . . who knew if that’s all it was so I called Discount Tire in Branson and they said “Bring it by and we’ll check it out.” If you’re a Discount Tire customer, when you call in, all your records show up . . even if you bought the tires in Texas. They’re always so nice. By the time we got there, all four tires were showing low pressure and they were all low so we got air in them but the guy measured the tread and we need new tires. He recommended Falken tires. He said it’s what’s on his wife’s car. They’re apparently just a decent mid-range tire. The problem we have is that tires will generally last 6 or 7 years or, 50,000 to 75,000 miles. We put about 3,000 miles per year on that car so it’s crazy to buy top dollar tires for as little as we use our vehicles. I called Discount Tire in Joplin and they had a set in stock for my car so we’ll get those put on this week.
We ate at Local Flavor Branson and it was really good. The service was great. I’d eat there again. After a late lunch, we drove home . . no issues with the car.
I always enjoy getting to see my uncle and cousin but, there’s no place like home! I’ll be very happy to get to stay home today!