Everyday you learn something least Mom says you should. This is what I learned the other day. Mom always says 'no' first then gives us what we want. Like another cookie or to get to go sleep in bed with her. Papa says 'no' really means 'wait'!

One rule Mom is pretty firm with....when we take a car ride - we are to always ride in a crate. She has a good reason. It is safe! Yes, it is comfortable too but I discovered a much better way to ride. Some of the others have known this secret for awhile...I think they kept it from me because I am not a cavalier!

OH Mom, you are going to be so sorry I found out!

So we are heading to Cedar with all of us, which is a monumental task o say the least. Picture: five dogs, two cats, two humans and of course - moi...all in one little Murano. As you can imagine there could be a bit of a logistic problem. With all the crates...there is absolutely no room for anything else. Charlie needs to ride in a wire do the cats. They take up more than their share of room - in my opinion!

My Papa is a genius...if anyone can get a car packed to the max – he can. He once was able to get four shelties with their own crate, three humans and all the show gear plus luggage into a minivan. It was an amazing site. Not an inch of spare room was left – side to side, top to bottom. Mom says the only picture she has of that is in her head. Now that is a scary place to be! Papa says she has wheels in her head and they are always moving.

No matter how you look at it...someone in our little group has to ride out on our trips to Cedar. Charlie, Andrea and Miranda took turns. Mom is always fair that way. Josie is just way to wiggly. When Johnny was here – Josie and Johnny rode in the wire crate ...they had fun and played with the cats that were right next to them. I miss Johnny – he was fun! Back to the point!

Clarice and I wanted our turn. Who was it going to be this time? Did you have any doubt...of course it was going to be me. I know just how to work this woman we all love and call Mom. The more I stick around her...the better I am getting at it too.

You have to start by staring at her...sorrowfully...sit by the door looking like you have the weight of the world on your little shoulders. I am so good at that! Once you can get her to look into your eyes...she is a goner! I have found it is the best way to get out of trouble and get an extra cookie....oh yea, I love to eat cookies, it's food I don't eat!

Now don't you go feel sorry for Clarice....remember she had a whole long trip with Mom riding shot really it is only fair that I get to try this mode of transportation out.

At the beginning of our trip, I began to wonder what all the hoopla was to ride on Mom's lap. I just can't seem to get comfortable. I'm too short to look out the window. And no offense Mom but you have the boniest legs!!

I noticed that Mom brought this thingy that she put around her neck. She said 'if' she fell asleep it would keep her head from rolling around. Can you see Mom's head rolling around the car. She is funny! Now this green thingy she put around her neck did keep her head from rolling around...but it sure doesn't keep her mouth closed or stop it from drooling! Mom says that is not nice to tell people that! She also says at least she doesn't snore! She sure does breathe heavy! But I digress – I'll tell you in a minute where I learned that word!

Mom tries her very best to make me comfortable...but a lap without a pillow...I don't know.You smart guys out there know where I am going with this, don't you!

A picture is worth a thousands words...and speaking of words, I was told to check some words and what they meant from a 'dictionary'. Thank you Sally – I didn't know there was a book with all those great words in it! Mom says I should learn a new word everyday and use it in a sentence...she used to be a teacher! The word for today is 'digress'. Mom says I will use that one a lot because I am always getting off track.

Can you imagine that somebody wrote every word in a smart is that! Now I do know what a book can chew the corner of one pretty easily...just don't make it one that Mom is reading and really likes...she gets pissy. I don't have to look up the meaning of that word!

I am going to become very smart now - one corner at a time!

My name is Gigi. This is my life.

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