Little Up-Chuck

We have run out of CBD oil for Callie and her separation anxiety intensified the other day while we were out hiking to Box Lake in Mammoth and she threw up several times waiting for our return. Our daughter Lara is visiting us for a week in the RV and Callie absolutely adores her. Having all three of us gone for most of the day was just too much for her and she up-chucked on the rugs and on her bed.

When we returned, I cleaned up several piles and we spent extra time comforting her and devised a plan to wear her out by taking her with us the next day to Mono Lake, Lee Vining, Saddlebag Lake and Tioga Pass. It has been very hot in Mammoth though and she wasn’t exactly thrilled with the heat, but she enjoyed the outing nevertheless and loves hanging out the window of the car at low speeds in order to feel the wind in her face.

The first stop was to Mono Lake in hopes of capturing some migratory birds for wildlife photography, but we couldn’t get close enough to get any decent shots in. We did see an Osprey perched on a far off tufa pile, two Avocets feeding along the distant shoreline, a White Pelican, and multiple seagulls, none of which were worth shooting. Callie stayed in the car in the shade for our boardwalk hike to the shoreline, but because the lake had receded so far, we turned around after a short outing with nothing but memories to rely on.

After Mono Lake we headed up the pass but turned around before the entrance to Yosemite because the park is closed to the public unless you have a reservation due to COVID-19. We tried for 4 hours to sign up on the first day of August but were not able to get in. Saddlebag Lake was next on the agenda but they are working on the dam and the water level was super low. Callie managed to find some shade along a rock wall while we had a picnic of sorts and she met a fine young lady named Lily who had a cat back in Las Vegas named Jasmine. Callie let Lily sit next to her and Lily was able to pet Callie’s soft fur and share her story about Jasmine with us. So in spite of the many detours and changes of plan, our day was still a resounding success because Callie was worn out and slept through the night.

The secret to Callie’s mental health is to include her in as many activities as is possible, but to not over do it in the heat. If we can make her feel a part of the overall plan, there are plenty of times she would rather stay home and sleep and let us do our exploring on our own.

Callie and Lily!