My Friend's Dog Died in the Hotel on Our Road Trip
And we became Lucy and Ethyl. Or Thelma and Louise.
I haven’t seen the Chevy Chase vacation movies, but I’m told one of them has a theme of continuing the vacation after the dog dies. Carrying their dead pet with them as they continue on their journey. Apparently it’s funny.
Unlikely premise, right? Maybe not.
My friend and I were on our way to the house she owns in Taos, New Mexico. It’s an eleven hour drive from Austin. So, unlike other people I know, (I’m looking at you sis), who drive straight through, working around my pit stops, my friend stops in Lubbock to spend the night.
This is a bit complicated, as she travels with her three dogs, an adorable black and white toy poodle, Bella, a sweet multi-colored chihuahua, Chula, and Chula’s long time boyfriend, tan and white Tito. Both Chula and Tito have added the older age extra pound, and are as chubbily cute as they wanna be.
While La Quinta welcomes dogs, it’s a tad expensive to pay for three. So we pay for one, and sneak the other two in. Don’t judge us. They’re tiny, quiet dogs.
Tito had been suffering from congestive heart failure at age 14. He’d had some some episodes over the past couple of months. He’d get out of the bed he shares with Chula, take a couple of steps, and fall over in a faint.
He’d lay there for a minute or two, with those watching wondering if he’d died, then come back to life, get up wagging his tail, and ask for breakfast. One minute he was inert on the floor, and the next he was the picture of health, except for the rasping and wheezing, for which he was being medicated.
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