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Old 11-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #15
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Mary Ann, I traveled for a number of years with my 75lb lab. He went on every camping trip with me and was a great traveler and camping companion.

I never saw traveling with my dog to be a big problem/inconvenience. He had a spot in the back of the car he was happy to stay in if I stopped at a shop or for a meal - he wasn't a barker in the car or trailer. If the weather was too warm for him to stay in the car or trailer while I did what every I had hoped to do and he wasn't welcome to join me, I just cancelled my plans. I also packed up and left or canceled out of a few campgrounds at the last minute due to the lack of power or trees to keep the trailer cool enough for the dog to be comfortable. Being a large busy guy he needed a fair bit of exercise each day to be a happy camper. When staying in some National/state parks that have very limited areas where you can walk the dog on or off leash, if you check with the park staff most of the time they will give you directions to areas outside the park that you can take them on a good hike either on or off leash without any problems.

Yes having a dog with you does mean you sometimes dont get to do or see something you wanted to see but it also gives you a good reason for going back to that area at another time. In the past couple of years I have traveled without him and its been interesting to return to areas I have been previously but had the dog with me. Yes its nice to finally get to see/do something I didnt get to do on previous visits but I can tell you that I did find and hiking in lots of amazing spots when he was with me that I may never had found out about had he not been with me. Lots of great memories of trips with him that made the minor plan changes all very worth it.

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #16
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If I can't take my dog someplace, I simply choose some other destination.
That's always been the bottom line for us. The first time we went on a trip and left our very young dog in good care she almost pined away and died. After that, it was, if she can't go, we don't go. Extra work, yes, but at the end of the day, when you're travelling with a dog, you care for it just like you would at home. It's just a little more work sometimes.

This dog, Delphi, must have set a record for most countries and continents traveled by a dog. She traveled by boat, bus, air,and car. She never seemed to mind the hardships of traveling. It seemed that as long as she was with us she was happy.

Here she is at the edge of the Sahara. No, we never left her in a hot car ever, just long enough to snap this photo.

So, obviously my view is if the dog is part of the family do what you have to take them along and be part of your travels.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:24 AM   #17
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Many years ago we left a dog in a kennel. We swore we would never do it again. After many years of not travelling we bought our first camper in part so we could take the dog. She is use to riding since we usually take here with us shopping, ect. Because of an encounter with the neighbors pit bull she doesn't like other dogs. This can make for some fireworks at times. If the owner stops to visit, the barking usually ends in some tail sniffing and then back to sleeping. We meet lots of folks who have left their dog home and need to get their "golden retriever fix" which involves a certain amount of mauling, jumping, and licking. Molly is always happy to oblige.

For the most part we only stay in public campgrounds. Some states restrict or charge for pets. Virginia is the worst I've seen at $5 a night. NFS and BLM are the least restrictive. Alway best to know the rules before you get there.

If you never feed your dog people food, especially in the car, you will be able to sit and eat your lunch in peace. If the restaurant doesn't do take out we don't eat there. Finally, shopping for hours, visiting roadside attractions or other tourist stuff, long hikes in the National Parks, etc. are very limited if you bring the dog. Raz
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the info. From what I'm reading, I think Butch has everything he needs to travel and camp. First of all he LOVES to be in the car, and he did well camping the local camp grounds last summer. I took in several shows with thousands of people and other dogs and he did good.

He has his folding travel kennel, all shot records paper in the glove box, Doggie bag always packed and in the car with food, water bottle, and lots of scoop bags, and in everyone of my jacket pockets and purse. I have more poop bags in my purse then money..

I think it's my husband making the biggest fuss about traveling with a dog. I just told him he can stay home when we go out west, cause Butch and I usually go without him anyway.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:11 PM   #19
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This is the "Kitty Walk Stroller" & it makes bringing our furkid to many places (except zoos) possible, where having her leashed she would not be allowed.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:10 PM   #20
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I love your photos of the "Kitty Walk Stroller" Thanks for posting.

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