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Dog whisperer roller skates with the boys
by Michael V. Kors
October 22, 2018
When it comes to making the most of a boys trip, my boys’ father, Mark, has learned a few things over the years. The first and most important is to be prepared. If you think you are going to have a long journey, be sure you have your toiletries and clothes packed before you go. This is especially important if you’re taking your boys on an overnight trip. When it comes to a trip for the four of them, Mark and his sons’ mother, Christine, packed the essentials, including clothes, toiletries, food, board games, puzzles, and video games. But as they were packing in their hotel room in Montreal, Mark noticed something missing. He looked down at the floor. There, in pln view, was a dog. He picked it up and started looking around for his sons. He wasn’t looking for a dog. He knew they were in a different hotel. Mark had forgotten to mention he was bringing his own dog along on the trip. He didn’t think his sons would mind and they had always enjoyed playing with his dog, Buddy. After finding his sons in the room, the first thing they did was to grab Buddy. Once Mark explned the situation, they decided it would be best for all of them to be together, so they let the dog go. After returning to the hotel room, Mark and his sons spent a lot of time playing board games, playing video games, and going on the dog’s website (https://www.buddyandme.com). Mark learned a lot about dogs, and the boys learned a lot about how to play games with their dad.
Prepare the essentials
When you go on a boys trip, be sure to pack the essentials — clothes, toiletries, board games, puzzles, and video games.
Photo courtesy of Christine Kors
When it comes to travel, Mark’s other lesson to his sons is to always be prepared. You can’t afford to be unprepared. The same is true for a boys trip. I’ve traveled a lot with my boys, and they are always excited when I announce the next trip. They can’t wt to tell their friends about it and, more importantly, they look forward to the toys and video games we’re bringing. The same is true for Mark and his sons’ trip. Mark is an excellent dad, but he can sometimes leave things to the last minute. This wasn’t the case when he was traveling with the boys. He knew he was going to take them to Montreal, Canada, for a week, and he had everything he needed, except the dog. That was because he forgot about Buddy until it was too late. Mark had a lot of explning to do when the boys found the dog on the floor. And this was just the beginning.
It turned out the boys had spent most of their time at the beach and had to make the drive home after spending a week in Montreal. While there were a lot of things that could have happened while they were gone, I think the boys enjoyed themselves most when Mark forgot to pack the dog. It wasn’t a good weekend.
Mark knew the boys had a lot of school work to catch up on, so he decided they would come home a day early. They would leave at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and he figured he could still make the drive home to his house in the evening.
As the boys were saying goodbye to Mark and Christine, Buddy was lying in the bed. It looked like he was asleep, but Mark had no idea.
“Buddy!” Christine called out, as she saw the dog.
Buddy’s ears twitched and he got up and looked at the boys.
“You’ve got to get up, Buddy,” sd Christine, trying to get the dog to follow her.
Buddy walked over to the boys and stood beside them. Mark and Christine were laughing.
“He’s never done that before,” sd Mark.
The boys stood up and shook hands with Buddy. It took a moment for them to realize Buddy was not coming with them.
“I guess he decided he didn’t want to come home,” sd Chris.
“I don’t blame him. He was probably glad he was able to go with us,” sd Mark.
The boys packed their bags and headed to the rport. It was a quick trip, but the boys couldn’t help but think about the missed opportunity.
What could they have done differently? Well, they could have packed the dog, but they would probably have had a different trip. What did they learn from the experience? Well, they learned to be prepared. They also learned that you can’t count on your kids to remember to pack the essentials. That’s what dad’s are for.
The Kors household is full of the essential elements to make a family vacation fun — video games, puzzles, board games, and more. But, it’s the “non-essentials” that make a family vacation special — a chance to be a family.
What I did and what I didn’t do
There was no question that a lot of planning and preparation went into our trip to California, for our two-month family vacation. For starters, I learned that it is important to have a lot of things in mind before you travel to a foreign country. I knew it was going to be hot and I knew it was going to be expensive. I also knew there were things I didn’t know about, like the language and the currency.
What I didn’t know was what it would be like to be on an international flight. I thought I’d be fine with it. I’m a nervous flyer anyway. But what I found