Have Apsos, Will Travel

Deb,
Because boarding and housesitting are often more expensive than an actual planned trip, could you and your fellow show folks give some pointers on traveling especially by car, with your dogs?
How do you handle food (especially if it’s homemade/or do you feed only kibble)?
Do you have a favorite line of motels that cater to your dogs’ needs?
How do you carry/pack crates, exercise pens, bedding, accident control items, toys, etc.?
And what kind of cars do you especially like for travel and why?
How often do you make car stops with the dogs enroute to a destination during the day?
How do you handle a carsickness?
Do you favor vacation home rentals?
Have any funny travel stories?
Thanks!
Kathy

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3 Comments on “Have Apsos, Will Travel”

  1. Having gone from pet owner to exhibitor fairly recently, I’ll throw this out …

    How do you handle food (especially if it’s homemade/or do you feed only kibble)?
    Since I feed kibble, it’s not an issue. However, I do pre-pack each meal in the small ziplock snack bags and then place all in a larger ziplock for easy feeding (no measuring) and transport. I’ve used raw dehydrated when transporting dogs for Debby that woked well.

    Do you have a favorite line of motels that cater to your dogs’ needs?
    Motel 6 and LaQuinta both have pet policies. If going into a new area, I also check to see if there’s something with “local” flavor that allows pets (and has a potty area).

    How do you carry/pack crates, exercise pens, bedding, accident control items, toys, etc.?
    I have a 6″ raised wooden platform that fits in the back of my vehicle … crate on top. ex-pens, crate topper and/or grooming table slide underneath. Other items are packed into a plastic tote bin or a large duffle bag, depending on the dogs/trip. Also helpful is a cart or dolly of some sort to get all that stuff into the motel (my dogs sleep in their crates).

    And what kind of cars do you especially like for travel and why?
    Definitely something with a cargo area in the back!! Our “group”‘ has a variety of vehicles from a Subaru stationwagon to a Honda CRX to an Acura MDX to the mini-vans. Having back seats that fold down is helpful as well. When shopping for a vehicle, we made sure the cargo area would hold two 18×24 crates side-by-side. And speaking of crates, Midwest has a double-door line to seriously consider — door in the side and one on the end — giving one more placement options.

    How often do you make car stops with the dogs enroute to a destination during the day?
    Depends on the distance/time for travel. An 8-hour trip will usually get one or two stops, often in conjunction with a meal and/or gas stop.

    How do you handle a carsickness?
    Having tried the gamut of cures … from ginger snaps to looking out the window to having them face foward … the only thing that works for Frankers is the non-drowsy Dramamine. Works really well, actually.

    Do you favor vacation home rentals?
    Definitely favored if one can be found that allows pets!

    Have any funny travel stories?
    Oh, let’s see … there was the trip to SD on backroads where the gas was getting really, really low … two puppies in the same crate fighting (mostly noise!) … navigating a herd of cows on a dirt road … hubby realizing how handy the GPS was in NM … having to dump Frankers out of two crates because he decided he didn’t want to go sightseeing that day … buying an antique wrought iron handrail — and then having to figure out how to get it packed and home with all the dog stuff!

  2. Kathy says:

    Vickie,
    Thank you!! Packing has always been a challenge…and whether we can fit crates into our Toyota’s backseat or trust the pooches in their doggy seatbelts…will definitely try to find something that will work for Pete’s carsickness…your travel story is hilarious!
    Kathy

  3. >>> Packing has always been a challenge…and whether we can fit crates into our Toyota’s backseat or trust the pooches in their doggy seatbelts …

    Mid-West’s double-door crates fold down for transport//storage if you’re using seatbelt harnesses and still want the option of crates along. I can’t say enough about the Dramamine. Recommended by my vet, it’s the only thing that works for Frankers. And works well … so much so that he’s excited about getting to go!


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