Monday, May 26, 2008

Greyhound Bus

Memorial Day weekend began with the greyhound bus not starting. I had loaded the A Team (that is what Stephen calls Katie, Travis, and Reagan..... his pups make up the B and C Teams), turned the key, and it just choked. Sounded like the fuel was not getting to the engine. Sure enough, it needed a new fuel pump. The van is at the point where we know a replacement is on the horizon. Every repair expense is considered in a new van's payments. We calculated the latest repair to be 3 payments, so we figure we can get 3 more months out of her. We are at the point of just putting Band-Aids on and are not willing to do any serious repairs.

Our next cargo van will be "new". Cargo vans are perfect dog vans because they do not come with passenger seats that you never use and therefore mildew in your basement. They do not have a bunch of windows, so your dogs have privacy and stay much cooler without all the glass turning your van into a greenhouse. There is no carpet for you to ruin. I am not sure why most dog people haven't figured out what a gem the cargo van is for dogs. Many still purchase passenger vans. We have decided that the only new car we will probably ever buy is a cargo van because we would like to get rear A/C, power locks and windows, cruise control, and arm rests (one of those things you don't realize you want until you don't have them).

I thought I would share the bumper sticker we have on the van. I love to watch the expression on people's faces as they pass by and read it in a parking lot. They either hurry their children past, smile, or make a funny face.

Lastly, I am so extremely satisfied that I actually started and finished a big house project over the weekend. I painted the office. So you will not longer see pictures of the dogs snuggling on the mattress with a lavender background. Its now green. Fresh paint looks so awesome!