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Old 09-26-2016, 09:15 AM   #1
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Having just completed a cross country trip with 2 dogs, here are some of my observations. Stopping every 3 hours at a rest stop is recommended or when refueling. Bring water from home as well as their normal dog food. Do not feed them hot dogs or other fast foods. Give plenty of water everyday. There are calming treats that will reduce panting while in the car.
Motel 6, LaQuinta, TRavelLodge are pet friendly but there maybe an extra pet fee. The BestWestern here in Chilliwack is probably the nicest one for pets and try to get room a room on first floor as there are several exits and lots of grass for walking.
Bring their bed from home to put down in the room it helps to calm them.
Be prepared for accidents, take some towels and plenty of plastic bags for walking.
Always walk on a lead and be sure to have then microchipped with your cellphone number.

Finally, the downside of the 2-3 hour breaks is that they continue while you are in your room, as I'm presently up at 5 am to walk the dogs. But I would not have it any other way...
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:38 AM   #2
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Finally, the downside of the 2-3 hour breaks is that they continue while you are in your room, as I'm presently up at 5 am to walk the dogs. But I would not have it any other way...
There is that aspect. We worried about that the first time we took our dog on a 10 hour flight to Europe. I mean what would we do if she started whining with many hours to go? No worries, many flights and never a problem. However she couldn't make up her mind; chicken or beef? She wanted some of each

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This is a subject I've been thinking a lot about lately. Our Maltese is 13, has heart failure since last winter when we went to FL without her. The doc says 12 months. We now don't want to leave her with friends or family like we have been doing just in case something were to happen, if we go, she goes. Cancelled out of the Niagara rally as she wasn't doing good at the time.

Currently seems to be okay, have reservations for Jan/Mar in AZ and have been thinking of still going and taking her along or cancelling this trip too. Her separation anxiety seems to be worse since this has set in. Most places I can lug her around in the Sherpa, but hikes and such (our main pastime) are out. It's a tough call, planning all this out took a good amount of time.

Have a couple hotels reserved for the beginning of the trip, seems many now take pets, just google it.

Has anyone taken just 1 dog along that has separation issues? if so how'd you make out?
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Finally, the downside of the 2-3 hour breaks is that they continue while you are in your room, as I'm presently up at 5 am to walk the dogs. But I would not have it any other way...
The dogs get the blame, but it's probably your own excitement.
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When we went off for 6 weeks when our first dog was a puppy she almost died, probably from separation anxiety. From that time on it was "if she can't go, we don't go". Despite the hardships of sometimes traveling in the cargo hold she always handled traveling well and we were confident that given the choice she would always choose some hardship to travel with us. Great little ice breaker and she got to do things like chase goats on Greek islands.

My choice would be, if possible, to take an ailing dog with me knowing that I'd feel bad leaving them behind and that the dog would be more comfortable knowing their humans were nearby.

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A Maltese is pretty small; look into dog backpacks (or frontpacks) for hiking.
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When we went off for 6 weeks when our first dog was a puppy she almost died, probably from separation anxiety. From that time on it was "if she can't go, we don't go". Despite the hardships of sometimes traveling in the cargo hold she always handled traveling well and we were confident that given the choice she would always choose some hardship to travel with us. Great little ice breaker and she got to do things like chase goats on Greek islands.

My choice would be, if possible, to take an ailing dog with me knowing that I'd feel bad leaving them behind and that the dog would be more comfortable knowing their humans were nearby.

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I think your observations are bang on. I too believe they are willing to make some sacrifices of comfort along the way just to be able to be with you, doing whatever it is you are doing.

We are very fortunate to have lots of family who know Jasper extremely well, love him lots, and take great care of him whenever, and for however long, we want. Still, even though he is well taken care of, and taken on his hour long daily walk, we know he would rather be with us where it is very comfortable.
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Franklin is 12 and can not get into the truck so I have to lift him in, he does jump out, whereas Hershey, who is 8 and disabled has always had to be lifted inside the truck. Hershey is the reason we need to cover the stair tread holes on the Escape, she tore a nail out 2 years ago.
Franklin is starting to ail, his legs shake and he is so attached to me, if I leave his sight he starts to bark. I would not know what to do if he goes while away from home, hopefully he will wait until we return. I treat my pets like they are my children, that is one of the reasons we have a trailer.
Bob I think you will know, rather your pet will let you know when it is time not to travel and stay, as the end approaches or is near.
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Ben goes with us on every trailer trip. He's pretty old now - can't get around much anymore and needs his meds. When liverwurst stopped interesting him we found that "pill pockets," a packaged little tube of food you can stuff a pill inside has a taste he likes and his pills get swallowed without rejection. We found them made by "Greenies" and by "Luvsome". We also bring along bite-sized chews containing "a calming formula" made by Vetri-Science Labs under the name "Composure" that he takes for lightning storms or whenever he seems upset.
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Those products are what we use also, Myron....
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