I live about 2 hours away from my parents, so I go home to visit them every other weekend. (I also have a writing group every two weeks in my parents’ hometown, so it’s very convenient). Whenever I go visit my parents, I have to bring Gracie. I actually think they’re more excited to see her than they are me. Whenever I walk in the door, the first thing everyone asks is “Where’s the puppy?”
When Gracie was younger (she is almost 11 weeks now), riding in the car was no problem. She would spend a lot of time sleeping in her pink dog bed (see picture below).
Her bed is actually her “comfort” place. She crawls in it whenever she needs comfort and mama is too busy to play with her. I also place all of her toys in her bed whenever she’s not playing with them. (It’s like cleaning after a little child sometimes!) So in the car ride, she typically sleeps or sits in her bed the entire car ride.
Recently this has changed. Last time I took her home, she slept for the first hour and the second hour, she whined and whined until I picked her up. She’s still small enough that I can hold her in one arm while driving. Once she settled down and no longer whined, I placed her on my lap where she fell asleep… When I placed her in her bed again, she slept for a few minutes and then started whining again.
I am not sure why this change and why she doesn’t like being in the car. She used to love it… But I do need her to outgrow this strange habit, because when she gets older, it will be too dangerous for her to sleep in my lap while I’m driving.