My musical show this Sunday, September 27, 2009, The Susanne
Spirit SA Road Show, Love My Truck Drivin' Man, Country Music Concert found me
in one more evening of amazing animals and their truck driving masters.
Our musical show is in the back
patio at this super size truck stop, The TravelCenters of America-East in
Ontario, where people gather from all across the USA and Canada. I
always find it amazing the wonderful folks we meet, and most of them have just
come from someplace else far away, and have now arrived in Southern
I always tell these tired
hard working people when I first see them and they are surprised to find us
there entertaining them with music, contests, filming, etc., that we are there
to welcome them to California, Home of Hollywood, and don't they know
"stars are born out here and we are also the land of entertainment"
which always gets a smile. And when I tell each person who has a dog that we
even have a dog contest, a sense of Hollywood magic appears immediately.
Drivers take their dog into the showers to groom themselves and their dog to
make sure their critter is at his best for his moment of glory. Others put
little outfits on their animals, or go to the grass area and try to perfect any
tricks the dogs may know. Many drivers have as many as four pets that travel
This week our first contestant
was Toughie and to prove his name and guarding abilities, his owner
brought their big rig truck over and parked it so all the drivers gathered
could see this tiny little Bichon Frise mix in action. This critter is trained
to guard this man's truck cab and the 53-foot long steel flatbed behind it. It
is about the size of a regular long haul trailer, but has no cover so that wood
logs, steel pieces, and big items, many of our countries staples, can be placed
and driven across this country. When the owner got his rig all parked so we
could all see his cutie pie at work, he placed the dog on the flatbed to show
us Toughie's flatbed guarding talent. On this day this flatbed was empty, so
Toughie could really get our attention and show off. I could not believe what
this adorable six-pound dog showed us. As the owner walked away from the truck Toughie,
at full attention, was on the job of protecting that rig!!
Now had he been a 150 lb. dog
you can imagine it but it was just amazing to view
this precious animal
guarding the trailer like a soldier, walking back and forth with his tiny head
turning to make sure he is looking in every direction for "bad
people." This little guy just ran from corner to corner, end to end,
diligently guarding his owners property. No one was going near this guy's truck.
People gathered around in
complete amazement while that mighty dog growled like a tiger protecting his
cub as any of us approached the truck to take his photo or just say hello. I don't
think in my entire lifetime, I have ever seen anything like this in a dog.
Then for the next trick the owner
put Toughie in the cab of the truck, opened the driver's door, and walked away.
Again Toughie was on guard. The owner literally left the area and that dog just
stayed on duty.... with the door completely open in the cab, guarding just like
he had on the flatbed all by himself. He was guarding that truck with his life.
He was definitely Hollywood material.
When the owner returned and brought
the dog out this little fighter became the most gentle loving and cuddly dog
you can imagine. The guy said the dog just naturally became his watchdog and
didn't need training. He just somehow knew his job is to protect that truck for
the owner. The man said, "Yes, my dog is my best friend."
We met many more dogs on this
show day, as we always do, and all of them of course are winners but Toughie
was this show's Road Dog Contest winner. We met several puppies, as well. One
man's tiny little cocker/poodle mix told us a neat story as the dog lay on his
shoulder. The man said his wife got the dog for him for his birthday and at first
he thought, "what am I going to do with a dog?" But the animal has hardly ever
left the man's shoulder. The puppy just loves this guy unconditionally, and cuddles
with him all the time. The man said that
the road had been getting
very long and lonely for him these days. He has been driving 41 years.
"The whole world changed for
me. I eat a steak, and share with my buddy. We talk the entire time as I drive
across country. This dog is the best thing that has ever happened to me, other
than my wife and family," he said.
It just fills my soul as I hear
and see the love between these wonderful folks and the road, and their animals.
It is nice. See you all in a few days!
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