Although Teddy was born and came to me during the pandemic,
he was definitely not a puppy I got because of COVID isolation. I had planned
for two years to get a yorkie.
I had grown up with a dog and realized soon after we got him
I was allergic. I had to avoid dogs for years. Then, a friend came to stay with
me for a few weeks and I realized that I didn’t have a problem with the hair
(and no dander) of the breed. I prepared financially to get and support a full
bred Yorkie. He came home with me in August, 2020.
Teddy is more than a companion. I’ve also trained him as a service
dog. He can bring me things, such as pills, glasses, and my inhaler. He also
senses drops in my blood sugar and blood pressure. Last, but certainly not
least, he comes to comfort me when I’m upset or having breathing issues.
The pandemic definitely slowed down one of the most
important parts of his training – taking him to public places. He had been to
Rural King and a few local restaurants, and I was ready to take him on my trip
I picked up my friend, Jaimee, along the way. She lives in
nearby Indianapolis. There was a travel showcase there for journalists to check
out all the places to go in Indiana. I was on my scooter with Teddy on my lap.
Teddy wasn’t used to all the crowds at first, but Jaimee took him outside a few times so he wouldn’t disturb anyone. We made it through, and I collected information on places I’m still working on getting to. Indiana is filled with towns, large and small, that are hidden treasures.
From there we headed to Carmel, about a half hour away. One
of the reasons we chose to stay there is because it’s very pet friendly.
Service dogs are allowed everywhere, but since this was Teddy’s first getaway, I
felt that he wasn’t trained enough to go into places that aren’t pet friendly.
We stayed at Home2
Suites near downtown. It was my first experience in one of these properties
even though I have stayed at Hilton’s other brands a lot. It was a good choice.
The room was extremely large and had a very well-equipped kitchen. There was also
a couch for Teddy to get comfortable on.
After we got our things settled in and I had a chance to put
my feet up for a while, we went to Carmel’s Peace Water Winery. This is
an unusual place for a few reasons. First, they consider themselves “Indiana’s
Napa Valley Winery.” All the grapes come from California for the Peace Water
The second thing that makes this place so special really impressed me. They donate 50% of their net profits to charities, some local, and some worldwide. You can see exactly where on their charity wall, located at the winery. They have three different locations. All are in the Indianapolis area.Muldoon’s down the street to go with the wine.
The selection on the menu was pretty big and I settled on the New York Reuben with sweet potato fries, while Jaimee had a burger. There was a fudge covered cheesecake for dessert. Teddy had a few fries to go with his dog food. Like me, he prefers the sweet potato ones.
We headed back to Home2 Suites down the road. It was time to rest up for day two of Teddy’s first trip, which included a dog park and the Christkindlmarkt. We were hoping he was tired enough to sleep through the night in a strange place.
I was hosted on this trip, but opinions are my