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September 4, 2014

Road Trip with the Dogs to Kansas

I posted a little bit about my road trip with my dogs, Maya and Pierson, on my American Dog Blog, but I thought I would share a few more details here. Namely, what I did to prepare and how we made sure our travel was comfortable and safe.

TO TAKE THE DOGS OR NOT TO TAKE THE DOGS
A few months ago, I made arrangements to see an alternative medicine doctor for my fibromyalgia in Wichita, Kansas. It is a five-and-a-half hour drive so we opted to drive. As always, we had to take the dogs into consideration. Despite living in Iowa for only a short time, we have met people we could trust to care for our dogs if we left. However, my husband couldn’t go and as a female I didn’t want to travel alone. And so I opted to take both dogs with me.

Motel 6 August 2014 Maya & Pierson

ACCOMMODATIONS
I would have two doctor visits on two consecutive days, so we needed a place to stay. The medical office gave me a list of nearby hotels. However, they either didn’t allow pets at all, only allowed pets under 20lbs, or charged over $100+ per night. And so I chose the trusty Motel 6. I knew they were both inexpensive and pet friendly. And after our recent pleasant experience at a Motel 6 in Oklahoma, I hoped the one in Wichita would be the same. I was not disappointed. Check out my reviews of this Motel 6 on my American Dog Blog from both the link above and from the August 29, 2014 post.

> Don’t Leave Dogs Alone in Hotel Room
One thing I did not take into consideration during my stay at Motel 6 is that you are not supposed to leave your pets unattended in the room. I should have made doggie day care arrangements for Maya and Pierson, but didn’t think about it.

Most hotels have this rule about leaving pets and I understand why. When some dogs are left alone, they bark or will do damage to the room. Also, there could be problems when the cleaning staff tries to enter the room. Thankfully, Maya and Pierson are familiar with traveling and do well when left alone in a strange place. Pierson had his no-bark collar on. I also put a do not disturb sign on my door so the cleaning staff would not enter.

Petz on Board Emergency Contact for Pet Travel

PACKING
I won’t tell you everything I packed for myself, but I will tell you I made sure I had plenty of food and drink for the road trip so that I wouldn’t have to run into a convenience store and leave my dogs alone in the car. For Maya and Pierson, I packed enough dog food for two nights, water, their food and water dishes, leashes, dog car harnesses, vet records, pet first aid kit, Petz on Board sign with emergency contact info, dog beds, poo bags, treats, and the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat.

TRAVELING
I opted to take my husband’s car instead of mine. My car is a 1998 model and has been salvaged twice so I don’t want to drive it that far if I don’t have to. I covered the entire back seat of my husband’s car with a sheet and set up the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat. I also connected the tethers of their dog car harnesses to the seat belt housings. Maya wore the Kurgo Go-Tech and Pierson wore the Ruff Rider Roadie. (Maya usually wears the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt, but it is so restrictive I didn’t want to use this one for such a long journey.)

> Calming and Preventing Car Sickness
About 20 minutes before the trip, I applied Travel Calm from Earth Heart to both Maya and Pierson. Maya needs it because she is so excited in the car and drives me nuts with her happy whining. Pierson sometimes gets car sick and Travel Calm also helps with this.

Both dogs did very well on the drive to Wichita, but Maya was a pesty-poo on the way back home. I’m not sure if she was uncomfortable or what, but the Travel Calm did not work this time. She whined so much that I made several stops thinking perhaps she had to go to the bathroom. She didn’t. In any case, it took much longer for us to get home.

> Don’t Leave Dogs Alone in the Car
I didn’t have to stop for a restroom on the drive to our destination, but I had to stop for myself on the drive back. I hated to leave my dogs in the car, but I had no choice. Pets are not allowed in public restrooms, period. Luckily, I pulled up next to some nice ladies and asked if they could keep a short eye out for my pups. They were happy to oblige. I wouldn’t always trust this tactic, but you gotta do what you gotta do and I like to think that most people are relatively trustworthy.

Have you taken any recent road trips with your dogs? Please leave a comment below. If you’d like to do a guest post on your pet travels, email me. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Preparing for a Road Trip with the Dogs”

  1. Sue @ The Golden Life:

    Hi Dawn! Hope the doctor made the trip and preparation worthwhile!!

    Actually, Callie and Shadow haven’t ever travelled with us — we either left them at the PetsHotel or at home with our trusty pet sitter. It’s just better for all of us that way. But Kissy — my poodle — usually came with us wherever we went, or my Dad came down here from Virginia to babysit. The two seniors got along well with each other. But that was ages ago. I think the last trip we went on with Kissy was probably up to my Dad’s place in 2002 for Christmas and New Year’s week.

  2. Slimdoggy:

    Great tips – Maya does look like SlimDoggy Jack 🙂

  3. Karen Goodman:

    I took my dog and my mom’s dog (and my mom) with me from St. Louis to Las Vegas for the Blog Paws Conference. That’s 4000 miles and 9 states. It was a big adventure. I wasn’t prepared for not being able to leave the dogs in the hotels, and we couldn’t trust them to not bark so we simply didn’t do it. Which made mealtimes a lot harder than we expected. In my town there are restaurants with patios that allow dogs all over, but we had a hard time finding them in at least have of the places we stayed. The worst was on the long driving days. It was cool enough we could have left the dogs in the car for a few minutes while we grabbed a quick meal inside, but we thought they needed out of the car for a break as much as we did. Luckily we managed to find a couple of Subways and Dairy Queens with a table or two outside in the middle of nowhere. I just posted about the trip on my blog and am working on a follow up post about what I learned about traveling with dogs. That will go live sometime next week.