Ray has never expressed any real problems with car trips, although I could write a small book on the numerous “less than effective” ideas we had on trying to restrain his movements when traveling. Ultimately, as long as he can reach us, he is now generally happy.
Ray’s initial choice of traveling positions was to stand, or sit, and watch everything going on. He was never particularly relaxed. Over the course of time and numerous car trips, he started to occasionally lay down with his head on the console between the front seats but, again, he did not seem totally relaxed.
If he was upright, cornering did not impress him as he would then lean over sideways such that his head (sticking between the front seats) would nudge one of us in the head. It could have been interpreted as an affectionate touch but almost certainly not intended to be as such! Over the past month or two, he has decided that stretching out on the back seat, and even napping, is quite acceptable and the motion of the car less challenging.
Where we have really noticed a difference is when getting him ready. Ray has recently been somewhat less than enthusiastic about going out for a walk. The signs are not too subtle. We take hold of his regular harness and he heads for his bed and lays down. We always manage to coax him out (the alternative is being left alone!) and, until a better explanation comes along, we are simply putting it down to him wearing a pretty thick fur coat in 28-30C (82-86F)/ 80% humidity conditions. Once we get him out, he gets into his “happy gait” and all is well. Of course we take rests and offer him water at those times.
In total contrast however, take hold of his travel harness and he comes over with head already lined up to go through it! He loves his car rides! We now have a new problem however! Up until recently, at the end of any journey and as soon as I opened Ray’s door, he would be pulling hard to get out. In fact he would pull so hard that his restraints were tight to the point where we could not unclip him! We had to physically push him back until we had enough slack to release his restraining clip him and let him out. It was literally a case of “release and stand back” because a flying Ray was imminent! How things have changed!
Just the other day we came back from a shopping trip and, as is now the pattern, Ray stretched out on the back seat for the journey home. I backed into our driveway and opened his door. Not only did he not try to come leaping out, but he just raised his head and gave us one of those “What?” expressions (anybody who has experienced teenagers knows the expression well!).
We eventually got him out and all was well so we just think that he likes traveling so much that he wants to go out for another drive, and another, and another! Such a change from a year or two ago!