The wakeup call came with the accident. I was lucky in that I wasn’t hurt. And we were lucky in that Ryder found Shadow. However, I don’t want to continue to push my luck.
What to do? The answer was to get Pete to see that getting a new car and crate training Shadow were immediate priorities. He prioritizes really well, so reversing roles felt to me like I was using my right instead of my left hand.
Today we went and visited our neighbor Andre who usually has a few auction cars for sale. He had told us he had a 1998 Subaru Outback with 200,000 miles for sale. Oh oh I thought. And oh oh I was right. It had tires that needed to be replaced, a cracked windshield, a missing panel on the rear hatch (water was leaking into the rear portion of the vehicle) And as Pete said, a good engine. I Dubbed it Son of Suzuki, and I told Pete uh uh we were not going down this road again. Instead we went to the car dealer and now are in the throes of purchasing a 2018 Subaru Outback with 29,000 miles. Pete and I both feel good about this. It’s sort of out of our price range but you can’t put a price on safety.
I will learn to drive the Toyota Tundra. I have already named it Tank Grrrrl.
And the crate. We have been training Shadow to go into a crate on the porch, one that she is going to outgrow fairly soon. We had a larger crate under the house. Today Pete brought it up into the yard and I cleaned it up. We’ll put it in the living room tomorrow and continue to work with Shadow on hanging out in it.
Playing with fire. I think we have finally extinguished the flames.
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