Recently I was contacted by Kendra who some of you may know from her twitter account @KendraThornton She invited me to collaborate on a post about travelling with pets. So half of the post is by Kendra and the second half by me. Hope you find it useful.
Travel tips by Kendra
Our best family trips have always included our dog. While it takes extra effort and planning, it is always worth the time spent to include the dog on our vacation. Next month we get to host some family as they visit Chicago, and I have shared some of my proven tips to make their trip more memorable for everyone.
Use a Dog Crate
While you may feel guilty at the thought of using a crate, don’t let yourself go down that road. Crates, when used regularly, become a dog’s home and allow her to feel comfortable in all situations. Our dog is used to sleeping in her crate at night, so when we travel I don’t worry about her being anxious and pacing in the new environment. When we crate our dog during long travel days, we make sure to give her plenty of exercise prior to leaving. After an extended game of fetch, she’s likely to sleep in her crate while we travel.
Travel by Car
Planes make travel easy for people, but for dogs, flying is very stressful. Most dogs fly in the cargo hold where it is cold, and they are not monitored by anyone during the flight. In addition, each airline has several strict rules, and a plane ticket for your pup can end up being more expensive than your ticket! I recommend only flying your pet when relocating. It’s important to start planning early and to follow all guidelines.
Research Pet Requirements
Many states have different requirements for pets crossing into their jurisdiction. Before you go, research necessary vaccines and obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian. Make sure that your destination doesn’t require quarantine. I also recommend a microchip for your dog in case she gets away from you during travel. Micro chipping is a quick, pain-free procedure that will let the authorities know that your dog belongs to you should she get lost.
Bring Home With You
Like kids, dogs appreciate a piece of home to travel with them. Bringing a favorite blanket or toy helps dogs feel more comfortable while away from home. Make sure the items fit into the crate easily to avoid packing an additional bag. Another calming trick is to apply lavender oil to your hands before petting your dog. A spinal massage helps our dog to relax when she’s feeling anxious. These tricks will certainly make your dog feel much more safe and secure.
Vacationing is so much fun, and making everyone feel comfortable while we’re away from home makes the trip fun smoothly. Finding a great hotel for both your dog and family makes everyone feel more comfortable. That’s why I suggested the family stay in a hotel right in downtown Chicago. Not only are many pet friendly but they are close to all the sites! By following our same feeding and exercising routine, for both the kids and the dog, we avoid unnecessary travel anxiety. It takes a little extra time to incorporate daily walks, but the enjoyment we get from traveling with our dog is more than worth it.
Travel tips by Misaki
Are you ready?
Before making a long car journey make sure your dog is comfortable travelling. Many dogs only go in the car when they visit the vets so they are stressed as soon as the engine starts.
I used to hate travelling in the car, (which I suspect had more to do with daddy’s driving than anything else lol) and would refuse to even get in. So mummy and daddy fed me in the car a few times. We didn’t go anywhere, we just sat in the car while I ate and then we got out again. Then they tried without the food and just made some short journeys. And gradually I got comfortable with travelling. Now I just settle down and fight off sleep.
Make sure your dog is restrained in your car. Whether in a crate or by a car harness. This will help protect in the case of an accident. I have a hammock which covers the back seat. It prevents me from jumping into the front of the car and also stops me from falling down the seat-wells (although don’t think I’d really fit lol). I’m also restrained by my harness.
If you like to have the windows open, it’s worth thinking about getting a window guard to prevent them from sticking their head out or even jumping out – I have some experience with this!
When planning your journey add some extra time to make some planned stops along the way. Allowing for a wee and water break and letting your dog stretch his/her legs will make them more comfortable during the trip. Although tbh I find that it’s mummy who needs to use the bathroom more than I do lol!
Before you travel, check your dog’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing ID tags. Also have a recent photo with you just in case they do get lost. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
It’s worth taking a first aid kit with you for that just-in-case scenario. You can either buy one ready-made or make up one yourself. And worth looking up the number of the nearest vet to where you’ll be staying, in case you need it in an emergency.
So there you go. Thanks to Kendra for inviting me to join in.
Apologies to my kitty friends, but the cats in my neighbourhood are taking the fur!
For the past few nights they’ve been trespassing in my garden and I am not a happy doggy. The worst thing is as soon as daddy lets me out to explain the property rules to these disrespectful moggies, they run off like they are playing knock-down ginger!
So I’ve decided to sleep in the garden tonight with a spotlight and a water pistol to teach them a lesson. Now I’ve just got to convince daddy to let me stay outside and to find a water pistol that doesn’t require thumbs to operate it. Any ideas where I can get one??
Have you ever had trespassers in your garden??
Where I’ve been having a mid-morning walk with daddy I’ve made loads of new friends recently, and one of them is Cooper. He’s a 5 month old boxer-mastiff cross. He’s all legs and likes to play loads.
Anyway, Sebastian, Cooper and I were walking past the duck pond the other day and I decided to take a dip. I was taking advantage of being with daddy as mummy NEVER lets me go in.
Anyway, Cooper decided to follow me in, but he couldn’t get out again – eeek! It is pretty deep in places, I may have had a similar issue once or twice before;-)
Anyway, they had to coax him to the side of the pond and then Daddy ended up having to lie on the muddy ground and pull him out by his collar. Lol Daddy was NOT impressed! I don’t think Cooper will be doing that again. I don’t think it will stop me though:-)
Hey guys, you may have seen over on Mollie‘s bloggy the other day that I’m going to visit her this weekend. And I’m super excited! We’re going to play on her beach, maybe take a dip in the sea and most of all have loads of fun. Once we’ve had a good play, the plan is to head back to her house for a gourmet meal – nom nom!
Mummy says I have to be on my bestest behaviour. The only time I’ve visited with another doggy was last christmas when my doggy cousin Dizzy was at my nanny’s house. We were a bit excited and we played rough through the house, but it was fun. Overall we got on really well although she keep nipping my ruff and I accidentally stood on her paw (whoops), other than that it was all good. But this time its at Mollie’s house so I have to be REALLY good. I’ve looked online for some tips on how to behave and I found the following suggestions:
1. Arrive on time, don’t be late: I’m planning to set the furry alarm extra early so mummy and daddy have plenty of time to get us there. I’m thinking 4am. Do you think this is too early??
2. Take a gift. I’m thinking I could take Winnie and we could see how fast we can tear him apart. Great idea, right?
3. Offer to help clean the dishes – now that I can DEFINITELY do, its my favourite chore:-)
4. Don’t drink too much. Hmmm…
Is there anything else I should or shouldn’t do??
You may have seen on facebook that little Nylablue is very poorly. She has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis.
She needs some serious power of the paw right now, so please send her lots of love and healing vibes. And also hugs to her mum who is doing all she can to help Nylablue.
Just a quickie today. I’m desperately behind on visiting all your bloggies and replying to your comments so hope to spend some time today catching up. While I’m doing that I’d like to introduce you to a new friend: Buddy. He’s actually the little brother of my friend Freddie. He’s just over 3 months old. I met him briefly at class on Wednesday but at the weekend we bumped into him at the park and we got to have a little play. Isn’t he a cutie, he looks like a little bear:-)
I think this is my favourite pic, it looks like Freddie and Buddy have merged into one dog BOL
Did you get to play with any friends today?
I am great at impersonating other animals. When I was young my ears were so big I looked like a rabbit – I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos by now so I won’t bored you with those again:-)
When I see another dog in the park who I want to play with, I stand on my back legs and do my meerkat impression. I’ve also been accused of being a cheeky monkey (usually unwarranted) and a ‘swamp donkey’ – though the meaning of this is slightly ambiguous as seems to be something to do with me taking a dip in a stagnant pond.
Anyway, just recently I’ve been trying to add to my repertoire. This is my dolphin impression:
This is my scary shark impression
Do you do any animal impressions??
As its been so hot of late I’ve been having my afternoon walk in the evening, which means mummy gets to come too and we’ve been having loads of fun together. Daddy and I have been playing hide and seek in the grass. Or rather he hides and I have to find him. Luckily I always do:-)
You’ve probably already heard but my boydawg Gizmo has been shortlisted in the Best Active-Living Blog in the 2013 Petties Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards, which is fantastic news. Please vote for him if you can, you can vote once a day.
When you get to the voting page you’ll probably also recognise a few familiar blogs, like Oz who’s up for the Funniest Blogger. Nice one Oz!!
In other things, I was the first person to guess Sammy‘s teaser this week – woohoohoo!! Now that’s definitely a first for me:-) Thanks Sammy.
And lastly, please head over to Savvy’s to find out how you can help her (and Leo) find a new home for a cute little kitty called Mary.
Most of my park friends are alot older than me and aren’t fond of playing anymore. Occasionally I see my buddies Ben and Henry who will chase about with me a bit while their sister Mia sits and watches, but I haven’t seen them for a few weeks and recently the park has been very quiet.
However, today I made a new friend, plus saw my buddy Sebastian who I haven’t seen for AGES!
First of all here’s Daisy a little Staffy, she’s super cute and although I sat on her face a few times she kept coming back for more:-)
And here’s my buddy Sebastian, he’s a Landseer. He’s also younger than me, makes me look small right BOL.