Patti picked Doris up at noon on January 30, in Los Angeles, California. She was held in customs for three hours; in total, the little girl had been confined to her crate for more than 15 hours. Understandably, the baby had soiled herself in the crate. Patti wiped her down with baby wipes and crawled into her crate to clean that as well, in preparation for the next leg of her journey.
After letting her stretch her legs a bit, Patti, Doris and Patti's friend took a 10 minute ride to a local dog park. They didn't want her to be in the crate again for the 40-minute ride home. Since she had already been fully vetted, with all her vaccinations, there was no possibility for disease transmission to other dogs in the park.
The dog park turned out to be a brilliant idea to decompress from her trip. Expecting her to be fearful, doubtful, reserved, and confused, they didn't know what to expect. However, as soon as Doris was unleashed at the park, she ran for the first time in her life straight to a boy pit bull giving him a full face kiss! She continued to socialize with the other dogs as if she'd known them all her life. She never realized her legs were made to run, as they flopped around like rabbit ears.