Because the trip was so long and we were out there so long, and not to mention it was like 95-98 degrees, I felt that she might be a little dehydrated. So right before I put her in the pen I gave her a bottle of water. Of course, she did not want to drink it. I had to squirt it into her mouth. This may have been more for my own piece of mind than for her need. Better safe than sorry though.
Then it was time! I put her down in the pen! She immediately laid down. I don't know if it was because she had been in my lap for so long or if it was because the ground was so different - she went from a solid dirt ground to "forest". Isn't that just like a baby! I pet her until she finally decided to get up. Game on! She walk a few steps, laid down, waited, got back up, walked a few steps, laid down... She did this for several minutes. It was so cute! She even found a little patch of dirt to root in. Add some food and water and all was good. I hated to leave her out there alone but Raven - our Australian Kelpie - is out there to protect her.