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A Cat-Dog’s Life – Glamping During an Arizona Hurricane

By Cat-dog (Cammie)

Trip report from Saturday April 1, 2017

Greeting fellow furry friends, tail waggers and squirrel chasers, Cat-dog here saying “hello” from the beautiful San Rafael Valley south of Patagonia. I am on my second trip here in as many weekends. The first weekend went pretty good, except I’m still not sure about staying over night in that shiny tin can my human parents call a Airstream trailer.

It’s been a beautiful Saturday so far, with lots to see and sniff, but that’s what’s concerning me a little. I can see the sun’s getting a little low and we still haven’t started for home yet. To make things worse, I can see some dark clouds over the mountains and smell rain in the air.

I keep looking at my dad and then at the red transportation machine he calls a Jeep. We need to get going before it starts to rain! He just ignores me. Maybe he doesn’t understand, so I go over to the Jeep and look up at the door. Come on, even a stupid human can see that it’s time to go home!

Nope. He even seems excited for the rain. Humans are so strange sometimes. I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand them. I put my nose up in the air. The breeze is starting to pick up and it’s bringing in some cooler air.

I see dad go into the trailer, but I don’t follow him. He calls me in. I look back at the Jeep. We better get going soon. There’s a big storm a coming. He calls me again. Yeah, I got it. We aren’t going home tonight. I try to hide my disappointment, but I’m not very good at it. I slowly climb up the steps into the trailer.

Gidget is already there and I smell food being cooked on the metal thing that makes warm and yummy food. Maybe we can stay a little longer? I get a few warm treats which makes me feel better about the situation.

Then dad drops the bomb on me: he tells me we're going to spend the night here. You've got to be kidding! I toss him all of my best pitiful looks, but it appears he's set on being stupid.

"I don't think I heard you correctly? Did you just say we're staying the night here when it's RAINING?"

Dad gets out my bed and puts it on the floor for me. I’m still chilly from being outside and I curl up in a little ball like a cat. Dad puts my blanket over me. Ahhhh. That’s better. Sometimes my dad gets me.

I wake up from a short nap and it feels like I’m in “Hurricane Central.” The wind came up while I was sleeping, gusting to something like 25 mph, and the trailer’s now shaking a little from it. I better check this out. I get up from my bed and look out the window. All I can see is torrential rain. I hear dad tell mom that it’s been sprinkling on and off for over 2 hours now. Oh, my. I hope this trailer thing floats. I don’t swim! I shiver a little. It’s also gotten a lot colder. It’s probably 50 degrees or so outside. Brrrrr. Who knew hurricanes could be so cold? And dad forgot to bring my warm jacket. I’m not sure I will survive the night.

I hope this trailer can withstand this horrific weather. Very glad I’m not in that flimsy tent tonight. I climb onto the back of the couch so I can keep an eye on things, but soon my eyes start to get heavy again. Next thing I know, I fall off and my human parents were laughing at me. How embarrassing!

When it gets dark, the rain and wind stop, which is good news, but it’s even colder outside and I’m afraid we’ll all end up like frozen fish sticks if we have to spend the night here. I look over at Gidget to see if she shares my concern. She is sprawled out on the couch as if she enjoys this cold weather. She’s soooo weird!

Just as I am losing all hope, I see dad going back to get his bed ready. Maybe... He crawls into his warm sleeping bag, opens it up and calls me up on the bed.

"I crawl into his sleeping bag feeling like Luke and Han Solo in the Empire Strikes Back when they slept in the dead Tauntaun, only no smelly guts. How unfortunate."

It’s warm and comfy in here, so I’m a little more optimistic about us surviving the night.

Until next time, keep your tails wagging and nose to the ground.

Cat-dog

Part 3 - coming soon!

Video

Cat-dog's video from the trip

Pictures from the Trip

Taking a quick break from guard duty

Looking out as the storms roll in

"Can we go home now?"

"You're kidding me, right?"

A little more comfy with my bed and blanket

Crazy Gidget - she loves the cool weather

Curled up on the couch like my cat-self

On top of the couch to stand watch

"Is there something out there?"

Gidget checking me out as I am sleeping inside Dad's sleeping bag

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