SUMMARY: Fourth in a series comparing my 1996 gear to my 2010 gear, and transitions between.
[Previous parts: Part 1, transportation and others.; Part 2, shade, crate covers, mat.; Part 3, clothing]
- 1996: Short-legged beach chair because it was small & so I'd be sitting at the ground level with my dog.
- 1998: Double-wide folding chair because at a trial, another friend had one, and Remington sat on the chair with her and snuggled. However, he never did that with me on MY chair.
- 2001: Folding chair with built-in foot rest. Because of my back injury at the time, I couldn't sit in the normal position.
- 2004: Foot rest kept getting in the way. Couldn't find a purple chair, so bought a blue folding chair.
- Now--In 2005, a single friend with 2 matching purple chairs generously traded one of her purple ones for my blue one.
- Then--Tent. Ground cloth. Sleeping bag. Air mattress.
- Now--Thick chaise lounge pad and down comforter in the back of MUTT MVR.
Dog beds and mats:
- Then--Old beach towel.
- Now--I have all of these, and use different ones depending on the circumstances:
- Hand-made roll-up bed with ties, bought my first year for Remington from some ladies at a trial who made them as a fund-raiser.
- Thick white furry mat with blue trim that I bought for Jake.
- Purple faux fur (plush) mats that always stay in the wire crates in MUTT MVR.
- Another purple plush mat usually used when sleeping in van.
- Two ivory-colored plush mats, usually used in soft crates on cold or wet days.
Dog water and containers:
- Then--Water carrier: Gallon tupperware cannister, because that's what I had; kept in the pantry between trials. Bowls: Water bowl from house went into car for weekends, then back into the house.
- Now--Water carrier: Two one-gallon jugs with sturdy screw-on lids that pop open for pouring. Kept in MUTT MVR at all times. Bowls: Metal pails that clip into soft crates. Anti-spill one-piece bowls for wire crates in MUTT MVR. Two-part anti-spill bowl that also lives in MUTT MVR at all times for class or when dogs are loose in car. Folding bowls in suitcase for hotel use.
Dogfood and bowls:
- Then--The first year, came home every night no matter what, so didn't have to take food. Next step: Food bowls from house went into car. Food was premeasured into individual labeled quart zip-lock bags for each dog and meal so I didn't have to take my measuring cups with me.
- Now--Dedicated gear bag for food stuff, including metal bowls that always stay in that bag, measuring cups that always stay in that bag, and filled-up gallon zip-lock bags.