Last weekend, I went to Jackson, Mississippi to see the Raoul Dufy exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art. I also invited my mom and my sister to come – kind of a girls’ weekend. As usual, nothing could be that simple. First of all, Mom decided to take advantage of some days off to precede the rendez-vous with a visit to my sister’s family in Covington, Louisiana. That, in itself, is not a problem: Covington is about 2 1/2 hours south of Jackson, so Mom and Sis could drive up and meet me, then I would take Mom back to Atlanta.
My husband, in the meantime, had an opportunity to go to NearFest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that same weekend. That meant coordinating dog boarding not only for my dog, Lupita, but also for my mother’s dog, Poppy, because we were also taking care of her while Mom was in Louisiana. I keep Lupita at Man’s Best Friend up here in Norcross, so I just had to make sure her shots were up to date and drop her off. Poppy was a bit more tricky. She’s only about 7 months old and has never been boarded. I had already made reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn in Madison, Mississippi and they do not accept pets.
I hesitated to also board Mom’s baby at MBF because they have a bit of paperwork to fill out. Also, Poppy is only a 10 pound puppy (and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – princess…) and she could not just stay anywhere. So, after a brief websearch, I found the Chateau La Pooch just down the road from the hotel in Madison. Perfect solution! So, Poppy was going to ride with me to Madison on Saturday and stay at the CLP for two nights, then ride home with Mom and me on Monday.
The drive over was 6 1/2 hours – I had my trusty Garmin GPS to guide me. I really only stopped a few times – picked up a book on CD at Cracker Barrel, and did drive-thru for lunch. I didn’t want to leave Poppy in the car – even in the shade – for long because it was HOT! This wasn’t a problem until I got to the Mississippi Tourist rest stop and decided I wanted to look at a map – one thing about the GPS is that it doesn’t give you the big picture. Surely we were almost to Jackson! So, after walking the dog, I picked her up and walked into the Welcome Center to find a Mississippi map. After I did that, I walked back out. Her feet never touched the ground, although I did try to get her to drink from the water fountain (which she declined to do…)
As I walked out, the kindly security guy came up to me and said, “Ma’am, we try to keep the dogs out on the grass…” So, I looked at him pleasantly and explained my dilemma: Leave a puppy in the car and have someone report me for animal cruelty, tie her outside (where someone might snatch her – I didn’t say that), or carry her in just for a moment to look at the map. He told me that Jackson was not far away – I knew that already… and we said our good-byes.
After I dropped her off at the “chateau”, I went to the hotel. Mom and Sis were not coming until Sunday, so I had the evening by myself. I used my laptop to search for shopping options (if there’s a Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, TJMaxx, or Tuesday Morning in the area, I like to check it out.), and drove out to shop. I didn’t find too much, but stopped at a Stein Mart and bought a dress and a new top. Then, after searching up and down the frontage road of I-55, I decided to try Raising Cane’s, a chicken finger restaurant. Then, I went back to the hotel and went to sleep.
Part Two later!