Cattle Trials and Traveling Back to Indiana

On Friday we got to watch more of the cattle runs, but on Friday afternoon we had to head out. We packed up, said our goodbyes and hit the road heading west, planning to make it to eastern Ohio that night. We had a long drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike before sneaking through a sliver of West Virginia and entering Ohio. The hills of eastern Pennsylvania and the steady stream of semi-truck traffic made it an arduous drive at times. But the countryside offered a beautiful view when I could sneak a peek. Bandit was worn out from our busy week and slept contentedly in the back seat. Ahhh—a tired cattle dog sleeping contentedly is a rare and beautiful sight!

We reached Clairesville, Ohio safely in spite of a steady rain.

On Saturday we had to make good time because I was scheduled to do a book signing at the Indy Hair Ball, a fundraiser for Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, that afternoon. Christina, an online friend who I had worked with on rescues, had offered to take care of Bandit while I attended the event. No dogs were allowed on the property at the event. I was grateful that Christina and her family, who live just south of Indianapolis, had offered to care for Bandit. We had not met yet, but Christina came highly recommended. Her family had fostered rescued ACD Halo for many months and I had followed Halo’s story. Halo had recently gone to her new home. We made good time across Ohio on our way to Christina’s home in Indiana.

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