Stealth packing

9 Mar

Lucy has issues. She is a worrier and starts trembling the moment she realizes we are on the way to the vet. She gets especially trembly when the suitcase comes out, so, to the best of my ability, I try to pack without her knowing.

Usually, I drop her off where she’ll be staying the night before a trip, and pack once I am home alone. That isn’t always possible, like this week. I leave Tuesday morning for four days at Outdoor School. I will drop her off at Sniff Dog Hotel on my way to work. But that means that I have to get the suitcase out while she is still home. What’s a dog-mom to do?

Sunday morning, I decided that there would be too much to manage Tuesday morning. I would pack Sunday and bring my bag to school on Monday. That way, all I’d have to wrangle Tuesday morning was Lucy’s bag, my “carry-on” (we are travelling by school bus, not plane), and Lucy herself, who will be a nervous wreck.

Adrienne, you are a genius, but how will you get your bag packed and to the car?  I asked myself.

Lucy presented me with the answer.


At almost 14, Lucy sleeps very deeply. While she was sleeping on the living room sofa, I went to my bedroom and packed. She was still sleeping when I carried the bag to the car, carefully closing the back door so she wouldn’t wake up and realize what I was doing.  When she finally woke up, I was sitting, pretending nothing had happened while she slept.

When I get her in the car Tuesday morning, she will know something bad is about to happen and the trembling will begin. until then, though, she will live her happy life, oblivious to the terror the future holds.


11 Responses to “Stealth packing”

  1. glenda funk March 9, 2020 at 5:53 am #

    This is brilliant. My dogs get skittish, too, when I drag out the luggage. I love your sneakiness. I chuckled at the way you tricked Lucy. Perfect ending: “she will live her happy life, oblivious to the terror the future holds.”

  2. arjeha March 9, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    I feel for Lucy. Our cats run for hiding spots as soon as they see the cat carriers come out. Packing for us usually isn’t a problem because the cats like to help – by that I mean curl up in the open suitcase.

  3. livinglife816287820 March 9, 2020 at 9:17 am #

    Oh poor Lucy I hope she doesn’t panic too much or make you worry too much. Glad she was sleeping when you packed, such a cute photo!

  4. jumpofffindwings March 9, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    So intuitive, our pets…and they read us like books. Enjoy outdoor school. Imagine how happy Lucy will be to see you when you return.

  5. terierrol March 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Those animals are so smart. I’m glad you were able to outwit Lucy at least for a bit! Enjoy the Outdoor school

  6. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write March 9, 2020 at 3:39 pm #

    My dog gets nervous when we travel too. I love how we plan all sorts of “work arounds” so that the dogs won’t get nervous. Who is controlling who? (Don’t answer that!)

  7. Fran Haley March 9, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

    I love this slice and this photo – bless dear Lucy! And yes … they see and know EVERYTHING …

  8. Lisa Corbett March 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

    I love this story! Poor Lucy. I hope she survives at the hotel. I imagine it’s a pretty fancy place, but it’s not home, right? She looks so comfy on the sofa. I’d like to cuddle up and sleep with her.

  9. Anna Maria March 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    Aww poor Lucy! Maybe you could stealthily pack her away in your bag? She looks so cozy on the couch. Just living her best life!

  10. Fran McCrackin March 9, 2020 at 6:34 pm #

    Fantastic word choice for your title. Super cute photo. Super kind dog owner! ❤

  11. Brian Rozinsky March 9, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    Cunning and, I suppose, compassionate. I wish Lucy continuing deep sleeps, even after this particular jig is up tomorrow morning.

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