By Nancy Cope
Ready to plan your great summer adventure, but don’t want to leave your favorite pup at the kennel?
Consider taking your dog along on your next road trip, camping trip or hotel visit.
Travel on the Road
Unfortunately Amtrak does not allow pets on board, and flying can be very traumatic for your animal.
If you want to travel with your pet the best bet is to go via car or RV, which is familiar and suffused with your scent. Of course, be safe and keep your dogs in a crate or a separate part of the car so they don’t distract you from driving.
One of the friendliest vacation spots for pets are campgrounds. Most hotels do not allow pets because of the possibility your pet might damage the room, but most campgrounds simply require you to keep your dog leashed and to pick up after his droppings. You’ll get fresh air, exercise, and a very grateful pooch for a bargain price.
Do your Research
We are fortunate to live in the age of the information super highway. Simply type in “dog friendly travel” in a search engine and get a host of articles detailing which cities are most dog friendly, including lists of hotels and activities your pooch can participate in. For instance, did you know that Vancouver, BC has over 20 off-leash dog parks and 7 off-leash dog beaches? You can also ride the ferry with a leashed dog in Vancouver. Sounds welcoming to me!
Sometimes it can be easier to just leave our pooches at home, but far less fun.
Imagine being able to share those glorious vacation memories with your favorite pup. All it takes is a little research and foresight, and your whole family, human and canine, could be off for the time of their lives.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.