Today I drove to Cork to see some family that I have not seen in some time. It was a long drive and, on the way, Buzz got a panic attack. He was hyperventilating and clearly distressed.
I stopped the car immediately and we walked around for 15 minutes. Back in the car he was not much better. I started to sing to him. This is a song that I normally sing to Buzz and Finn at times after they have been playing on the bed. They love it as they both roll over and give me their bellies to rub.
It helped a little but not much. In future I have decided they will need an hour’s walk and not 40 minutes and possibly some homeopathic medicine for Buzz to calm him before the trip. Finn was as cool as can be for the entire trip.
I was staying in an Airbnb and half way there my phone Google Maps stopped working, What should have been a two-and-a-half-hour drive took over four hours. I got spectacularly lost. This was the beginning of what would be a strange couple of days.
The host of where I was staying met me in Ballycotton and guided me to where I was staying. When I first heard his voice on the phone, I thought that he was much older than he was. He rocked up in a gold pick-up truck with a giant Doberman sticking his head out of the passenger window. I was exhausted, as were Buzz and Finn but delighted to be finally there.
All the best