Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Can't Do It

Temporary insanity had me strongly considering selling the Greyhound Bus (pictured above) and my Honda Fit to purchase a mini van. I simply need a vehicle that can carry Reagan + 2 greyhounds. It would have been a financial loss since the Honda Fit was purchased brand new in January and the van was special ordered about 18 months ago. I was betting that Reagan would probably ride very well in a mini van since she has done very well in the Honda Fit.

However, I concluded that a mini van does not adequately fit my needs and my insane moment was based on huge assumptions. One, it assumed that Reagan would be doing agility for years to come. The truth is that I will not know until those years have passed. No guarantees. Based on the last agility trial, it does not look good. Two, it assumed that Reagan would not sooner or later develop a problem with the mini van or with the places we go. How stupid am I to buy a mini van if Reagan becomes too scared to ride in it and/or visit the places we go. At the rate we are going, chances are good bad that it is very likely. If she does end up being a stay-at-home dog, I would be kicking myself for selling the big van.

I am now certain that her fear of the big van has a lot to do with the sound and not the vibrations (although I am sure the vibrations do not help). I drive with my rear view mirror positioned on Reagan and she has no reaction to the vibrations, but she does react to sounds of other vehicles and noises from the Honda. For example, a piece of tire hit the under carriage of my car causing a sound, but no vibration and Reagan reacted.

So with what we have learned, we are going to do our best to soundproof the van and her crate before reintroducing Reagan to the ride. She has not traveled in the van since mid March. My fingers are crossed, but between placing the order with high hopes and now, I am not expecting any miracles. I just hope we did not waste our money and that it improves the van for all of us.

13 comments:

Samantha said...

Just checking out your blog more - you have been training and blogging for longer than anyone I've met in the cyberblog world! You are a wonderful trainer and I'm fascinated to watch your handling. (Sam is a rescue and the first dog our hubby or I have had since we were little kids!) It's been a humorous thing to figure out how to do obedience with her, but have a great instructor! So much fun to peruse your posts! Glad you've solved the van issue and hope Riley's issues with it are somewhat alleviated!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Ma

Sam said...

I totally hear you on doing insane things in the name of fearful and sound sensitive dogs. Reagan's problems sound like they are very complex, but you seem to be the best person out there to help her. I hope that with some time and training, Reagan will be able to feel comfortable enough to go out in it. Best of luck and keep us updated!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Things always work out....it just takes time. You and your dogs have that and with you working so diligently, things will work out. Just give them time, really.

Your dogs are lucky to be yours!

Sientay L said...

I can't believe you had a brief lapse of sanity and considered selling the bus. If we were in Atl I would loan you my minivan to test. I'm so sad to read about your struggles with Reagan. I know how hard you have worked with her, from picking her out to now. I really hope things will get better.

I hope queen Katie isn't passing on her car phobia stories along with great agility work ethics to Reagan.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for the pep talk everyone. We'll keep you posted on the soundproofing. Hopefully we'll get it done this Saturday. I'm so ready for the dogs to be out of my car. I want it to be nice and clean again.

Aragon greyhounds said...

Aah I wanted it out here for my hounds!!!!

houndstooth said...

I think Reagan will come around. I don't know if she'll ever be really rah rah about going out and about, but I'm betting that she'll be able to tolerate it better given time. I think you're doing a lot of the right things with her. I wish we could have compared notes in the first three years that we had Hawk here! I could have at least let you know you weren't the only one. You never knew what it would be with him, but you always knew it would be something!

gyeong said...

The insane/crazy things we do or think of doing for our dogs. Hoping the soundproofing helps.

Anonymous said...

Do you think she would do better in the front seat of the van where she can see out the window? Maybe her fear has to do with all the jostling around but not being able to tell why it's happening.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Aragon, if our van ever needs a new home, you will be top of my list. I hate the idea that it might not get used for dogs.

Putting Reagan in the front seat has crossed my mind because I do think that being able to see out the window is one of the features that help her in the car and SUV. But its the only other seat, so I would need it if there was a 2nd person.

greytblackdog said...

At least you realized it before you started putting up for sale signs. Plus, Mini Vans aren't cool at all. The Fit - way 2010.

BTW - Just put the other person in Reagan's crate. They won't mind.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Blackdog, you are so funny. Actually, I would prefer to nap in a crate so I'm happy to give up my seat :-).

Can't wait to be driving my big van again everyday!... with or without Reagan.

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