We left you yesterday trying to figure out how to get me out the door with the suitcases before I either drove the Humans insane or died from excitement. The latter worries my Papa.
I get so excited he’s afraid I’ll die from heart failure. Whatever that is, it doesn’t sound good.
At first my Human tried to pack suitcases while keeping them hidden behind closed doors. We dogs have excellent hearing. Much better hearing than you humans. Therefore, I knew by the sounds that “things were happening”.
It just wasn’t practical to try to do everything in the morning when you’re already getting up at 3:30am or 4:00am to get an early start. So, my Human decided to include me in the packing. I got to sit and supervise and also help pack the car. Originally, the last suitcase loaded was mine. Now it is one of the first and seen in the picture above. You can see my suitcase and bowl to the left of my travel crate. My bumpers and training stuff are in the bag seen on the right. Here in the picture where I am checking to be sure nothing was forgotten, you can see my bags as well as my travel fan.
When the car trip begins, my Humans want me to have an opportunity to read my pee mail and get the scent and temperature changes, so we make a number of stops.
when I get to stay in a hotel with the Humans, my rug out of my crate becomes my bed for the stay.
The first thing I do when we arrive home is check the yard then go inside to to sure that no one has been in our house or, more important, my beds!
Don’t forget to have your pawed one microchipped and be sure to have his rabies tag on his collar. No matter how reliable your dog’s obedience, keep him/her on a leash at any stops you make. Another dog, a loud noise, or a myriad of other unexpected sounds or sights can panic the best behaved dog. Carry a recent copy of shot records in case you need emergency vet treatment or want to leave your friend at a daycare or boarding facility during your trip.
My Humans always travel with extra water from home. We can mix it with water from the temporary location so I don’t cut back on my drinking or get a tummy upset. If you’re used to well water and smell the additives to purify city water, you may not want to drink.
We also carry my own food. Even if your friend does not have allergies, it’s a good idea to avoid tummy upsets from food changes. Besides, it’s less stressful to arrive prepared and not have to try to locate a store where you can purchase the right food. Some brands offer travel packs or you can use zip lock freezer bags and take some in you luggage if you’re flying.
Make your trip safe and comfortable for everyone. Y’all come back now.