Alabamer Glamour: The ultimate makeover

When you get off the Interstate Highway system, the country becomes a far more interesting place.

We finally did that today, for the first time on this trip, leaving behind all the monotonously lookalike exits to get a taste of yet-to-be homogenized America, where some character still exists.

Our drive across Alabama from Huntsville to Florence on Highway 72 — less than two hours — took us through Decatur, where we noticed this establishment on the side of the road.

I didn’t have time to drop in — I’m not sure I’m ready for that kind of makeover, anyway  — because I had to get to Florence, get checked in and get myself gussied up for my son’s high school graduation tonight.

Ace won’t be attending that function. He’s more than content, I’m sure, to stay in the air conditioned room, even if it means he’ll be by himself.

The Knights Inn in Florence allows dogs, with a an extra $10 fee, but has a weight limit of 20 pounds, which wasn’t pointed out — neither the fee nor the limit — on the website where I made the reservation.

“What kind of dog do you have?” the desk clerk asked.

“A big mutt,” I answered.

“We have a limit of 20 pounds,” she said.

“Okay,” I said, “then he’s 19 and a half pounds.”

I’m not sure how I will handle it if I get confronted about my 130-pound dog — nearly seven times the limit:

Maybe, “He’s grown a lot since I checked in.”

Or, “He’s actually very small, he just has a lot of hair.”

Or perhaps, “Praise the Lord! He was a Chihuahua yesterday. It’s a miracle!”

For all of “Dog’s Country” — the adventures of Ace and me as we spend a month or more traveling around the country — click the picture to the left.

0 comments for “Alabamer Glamour: The ultimate makeover

  1. May 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    You’re on the right track. Just insert a couple of “hallelulia’s” and “Praise Jesus” and all will be well.

    Congratulations to your son (and parents for getting him that far!)

  2. Eighteenpaws
    May 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Man, I am already HOOKED like this is some soap opera that I cannot live without daily. Keep on keepin’ on! The travails of JW and Ace enlighten and inspire! Woo-hoo!!

  3. May 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    For some reason, the signs remind me of a sign outside a store in Orange, Virginia. It was general store, gas station, and (apparently) pet shop, and the name of the business was ANIMALS AND APPETIZERS. Only in America.

  4. kungpow12
    May 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

    We took our 12 pound Shih Tzu with us on a last minute road trip up to New York and back. Unfortunately, I had booked her a hotel using Priceline that did not allow pets (at a >50% discount!) because I didn’t think that I’d be going, much less the dog. So we had to smuggle him into the hotel in a bag. Since it was only one night, we didn’t get caught, but we had to use stairs, blankets, etc. We won’t be doing that again! I was too nervous about getting caught. But he did well (he’s quiet and we removed his collar) and since he sheds very little, I think we got away with it. But yeah, won’t do that again!

  5. Laura
    June 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

    There’s pet-friendly and pet-tolerant. Sure you can bring your dog! As long as it’s smaller than cat, doesn’t bark, and you pay extra!

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