So this was Murphy’s big weekend! The weekend of the PuppyUp walk in Wheaton, Illinois. We’ve never taken Murphy on a road trip before, but he’s good in the car so we were pretty sure that he’d be ok. It’s about a 4 1/2-5 hour drive depending on construction & traffic.
First we had to stop at a local farm stand for a photo op. I noticed that they had a field of sunflowers and I thought it would be a great place to get some beautiful pictures of Murphy.
Then we started driving across Michigan. When we got to the other side of the state, we made a stop for lunch and met up with someone we “met” in the dogs with cancer page on Facebook. Paula had reached out 3 years ago wanting stories & pictures for a Bark for Life. Then the next year updates for another walk. She lost her dog, and has been a big fan of Murphy’s. So of course, since we were driving through her town, we had to stop and say hello.
Then on we went. We did hit a little bit of traffic a couple of times, and Glenn opened the window so Murphy could check things out.
This is Murphy’s first time ever staying in a hotel, and first time going in an elevator! I think he handled the new adventures pretty well. He had lots of visitors – Paula, Linda, Michelle, Sherry, Lori, and Stephanie. He wondered how everyone knew his name when they came in the door! He only barked a couple of times and didn’t have any accidents in the hotel (whew!).
this bed is just for me, right?
The day of the walk was perfect. We met even more Tripawd parents and a couple of their Tripawds – Heather & Joe with Cadence, Christine, Sherry’s husband Greg with Cooper & Sadie (quadpawd), plus our friends from the night before. It was amazing! It was like we’ve known each other forever. These are definitely people I would choose as friends.
There were several vendors there. Murphy (and Cadence) even got a massage from a massage school! There was a drawing for gift baskets. Oh yeah, there was even a walk!
Christine & Angel Otis’ banner
Nitro & Angel Sassy
Cooper & Sadie
Joe & Cadence
getting a massage from the student
auction item from Tripawds (Thanks Jim & Rene!)
We had such a wonderful couple of days with the most amazing group of people!
A huge shout-out has to go to Christine for all of the hard work she put into getting this group together! Team Tripawds raised over $5,565 of the over $11,890 raised for the PuppyUp Foundation. She raised the majority for our team, as well as donations for baskets and gift baskets that were given to all of us! All of this was done while the past few weeks she was dealing with her own heartbreak. We love you Christine! Thank you for all that you do!
The drive home was nice. Murphy was worn out! He slept pretty much the entire way home. I’m so glad we were able to make this trip. Hopefully it won’t be our last.
Donna, Glenn & Murphy