While Texas is a people dog she had a few surprises up her sleeve… or where ever dogs hide their surprises. 

The truck was positioned next to fellow Team Run Smart Pro, Henry Albert, and Texas watched all of the activities and assisted in cleaning the truck inside and out.  Her assistance consisted of putting nose prints on the windows and winding around out legs and doing her best to chase the vacuum cleaner.  I have to admit she is a great distraction and it is funny how she jumps at the vacuum and then she feints back as I move it closer to her.  This goes back and forth till she gets bored or I decide I probably ought to finish my cleaning.

In the afternoon the live band arrived and began to set up their equipment almost in front of us and Texas watched with interest until the first beat of the drum and then she was done and wanted back in her truck.  I am not sure if it was the country music or what but it frightened her.  The pavement was hot so she put on her shoes and her and I went and sat so we could hear the music better.  While she was not thrilled with the music she did decide she could survive the sound. 

Later in the day a family stopped by with children around the ages of 8 to 12 and they were right there wanting to pet Texas.  What a surprise when Texas was not sure if she should let them pet her or give a little woof.  Normally I have to make her sit to meet new people as she wants to be in their faces.  These were country kids and they did not let a goofy German Shepherd intimidate them.  I can see I need to expose her to more children. 

Over all she did pretty good as her mind moved back and forth from being an obnoxious big puppy to a calm adult dog.  The activities around the truck kept her interest at a high peak and she watched constantly and was not able to take her normal naps during the day.  Squeaky, the cat on the other hand did not let all of these activities affect him and his daily naps. 

When the show was over for the day there were fireworks and that was petrifying!  First time for her I believe being exposed to fireworks.  Texas and I sat on the concrete and while she trembled but stood her ground we watched the beautiful firework show. It was a very nice way to end the day.

Overall the show was a success and Texas has been exposed to even more activities.  While at times Texas is still an obnoxious puppy she is over all one of the smartest dogs we have had the pleasure to have live with us. Watching her run and play with all of her toys keeps a smile on our face as she is one happy and trusting dog. 

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Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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