Tag: travel

Adult puppy: Chapter 2

Buddy staring out window
After my son moved out of his old apartment he returned to find Buddy just staring out the window, sitting in the imprint of the area where the bed had been.

Travels with Buddy

After his all but strange adoption in Orlando, Buddy took a road trip across country with his new family – Florida to Arizona, OK one state short of across the country.

During the next year there were more changes for this little dog. His owners divorced and he stayed with my son. Then he was moved into an apartment where there were other dogs. As far as I know things went smoothly.

Another move to another apartment, which was fortunately in the same complex so at least some of the outside smells should have been familiar, marked yet another change in less than 18 months.

Then came the baby and a new family. Oh and a second dog was adopted.

The baby was the big change. No matter how much you trust your dog, or how well you think he is trained or behaves, they should be watched around babies and small children.

At first when the baby cried Buddy was right there checking to see if things were OK. It was cute. When she started to crawl things started changing. Buddy would growl at anyone including my daughter-in-law and the baby.

It was agreed that Buddy should come home with us. So to the confusion of Kodi, my husband and me, and of course Buddy himself, we left Arizona with one more dog than we had arrived with.

Kodi was about as welcoming as could be expected. He basically ignored Buddy on the trip back, when he wasn’t actually sitting on top of him or scrunching him against the door.

Looking out the window
Change is difficult for our pets to understand and for us to explain to them Family pets
Car riders
One moment when the boys were sitting nicely in the back seat on our cross-country trip

A stop in Georgetown, Texas to see our eldest son and his family, found us at a very understanding and helpful Best Western Plus http://bit.ly/2n0Qai2. I have had wonderful experiences staying at Best Western’s when we travel. The ones that allow pets have a very caring and animal-friendly staff in my opinion.

I received a call that one of the dogs might be in distress. The front desk man wasn’t upset, he just wanted me to know. I assured him that both dogs were in separate crates if someone wanted to enter the room, but I was near enough that we were on our way back.

When we returned all was quiet. We took the dogs out and Buddy did indeed really have to go out. After loving on them a few minutes and turning the TV on low we left. We never heard the sound until months later when Buddy started wailing at home. It’s unnerving and I am really not sure when he decides it is necessary.

Next: One more stop in Alabama and Buddy is introduced to his new home.

Travels with Kodi the Corgi

Travel journal – Daytona Beach, Florida to Corpus Christi, Texas

Our family trips always include Kodi, our 8-year old, Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Most recently our travels took us to Corpus Christi Texas to visit family, a two day trip by car.

If left to his own devices Kodi would ride up front, preferably in my lap and by the end of the day that is usually exactly where he is even though he cannot be considered a lap dog.

Another important reason to keep him as contained as possible and out of the front seat is for his safety so much of the trip is spent gently pushing him onto the back seat. Eventually he does settle down.

Seat belts? Yep, we’ve had them and when he was younger they worked fine but his last one he chewed through before we were off the acceleration ramp.

Taking the time to acclimate your dog to the car with short trips around town before your trip may help. These trips should NEVER include any stops where he has to be left alone in the car. Not even for “a minute.”

Sulpher, LA

Day 1

5:30 am We back the car out of the garage and head north. The car was packed last night, the first thing in the trunk? Kodi’s 3 by 2 foot wire crate. A fitted sheet has been used as a slip cover for the back seat – where we are hoping to keep Kodi during the next two days of travel.

Kodi is not fond of driving at night, it may the the headlights on the road, I don’t know. But this morning he seems calmer. He wants to be up front on my lap but that’s not happening, at least not this early in the day. At 32 pounds he is not a lap dog.

We made it as far as Sulpher, LA. and everyone is tired.

I take Kodi for a nice walk around  the hotel while my husband gets carry out from Novrosky’s.

The lady who checked us in at the front desk recommended their overstuffed baked potatoes. While Kodi eats his dinner we dine in room eating the two largest and most delicious gourmet potatoes I have ever seen.

More hotels have become pet friendly, La Quinta doesn’t even charge an extra fee, but even if I do have to pay $20 a night it’s worth it to have him with us. More about hotels and how to be a welcome guest in my next post.

PHOTO: Kodi stretches out in front of the TV after a long day on the road.