Eric, thanks, I agree. So far I've managed to get into Peanut and even got on the bed before a bad turn...should definitely aim for that again. Next would be to figure out how to rest comfortably for the nights...then relearning the port-a-potty for night tme. It's a steep hurdle, both.
Steve, yes, that's right, thanks for the reminder. TWO dogs, definitely. One we got to visit with, one not. My advice, well, as some people have mentioned, I am full of it!
BEST to you, happy trails and best wishes to all.
Kathleen/kai in seattle/"K"