My Travel Buddy, Poppy
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I brought an 11 week old Coton puppy home about two weeks ago. I am a single woman and travel by car and plane a lot. When I am in town, I mostly work at home. My kids wanted me to get a little travel buddy to come with me as I roam and found the Coton as "The most mellow small dog." The fact that they might have traveled with pirates is a little hard to believe (they seem a little too fluffy for the average pirate) but that story added to my conviction that this is the right dog for me.
She is perfect! I tuck her into a scarf around my neck when I go into business meetings and keep her in a canvas travel bag when I have to keep her more secret. As long as I play with her first and get her tired out and happy we are good. I drove more than 23 hours last week through Utah and she was just a sweet heart. So far, everyone who sees her falls in love and no one has accused me of being unprofessional, at least not to my face. She loves being anywhere I am and expects all the people she meets to adore her, which they do. She did get one smack on the nose by a kitty who wanted to be sure she knew who was boss. No claws but so sad.
She is not happy when I leave even just to go into another room if she is contained which she usually is in the house. We need to work on that. I was a little alarmed to read some of the messages about the Cotons who seem to be unfriendly. I do think Poppy would freak out if I left her a lot for long stretches so I am keeping her with me pretty much all of the time. I have a letter from a psychologist stating that I need to have my dog with me everywhere so she flies free and all hotels take her as an "emotional support dog". Even restaurants have to take her but I keep her in the canvas bag so no one is offended.
Potty training is a challenge but we are learning each others' signals. Some days are perfect and others are a joke.
I love this sweet little dog and know that we will be great friends for a very long time.
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