Take up camping.
A Car Not Made for Camping
I’m nothing if not frugal. So when we decided to try camping with our first dogs, Agatha and Christie, I bought used sleeping bags and gear at yard sales.
Why spend money on new stuff before we knew we’d like sleeping in the woods?
The 50-year-old Abercrombie sleeping bag (manufactured before Mr. Abercrombie met Mr. Fitch and started selling thong underwear to toddlers) and lightly used camp stove worked fine.
The car that transported it left much to be desired.
By the time we stuffed the trunk and every available corner of our two-door coup with a week’s camping equipment and food, there was little room left for Agatha and Christie. And Agatha and Christie forced into too small a space had issues. Serious issues.
Things progressed quickly from “Mom, her tail’s on my side” to snarling and gnashing teeth.
Despite the car problems, we loved camping. But we’d buy our next car with camping and dogs in mind.
A Car Made for Camping
Subaru has been running a cute ad campaign: Dog Tested, Dog Approved.™ The idea of dogs driving and shopping for cars is cute but silly. Right?
But as I thought about it, I realized that Agatha and Christie picked our next car.
No, we didn’t take them to the car lot. And they didn’t have a driver’s license like Honey does. But we decided to buy a Subaru Impreza because it was the most affordable and reliable small car that allowed us to do what was most important to us—travel and have fun with our dogs.
I had to hold back laughter when a financial counseling client told me he bought a big SUV to go camping with his dog and child.
Our tiny Impreza carried a week’s worth of camping gear and food, two kayaks on the roof, two bikes on the hatchback door, two medium-sized dogs, and two adults—with enough room left over to keep those dogs from trying to kill each other.
Our camping dogs would have been happy for us to leave behind the tent, sleeping bags, and camp stove if they could have filled the hatchback with sausages like the Subaru commercial dogs.
But Honey will just have to live through them vicariously.
What Car Would Your Dog Buy?
Do you think it’s ridiculous to think of a dog buying a car? How about buying a house?
I joke with the students in my home buyer classes that I only own a house for my dog. I’d love to rent but it’s too hard to find a landlord who allows dogs, much less one who would allow foster dogs.
But I make big purchases with my dog in mind.
- I love how my house has windows with low sills that allow even a puppy to look out at the world.
- My kayak perfectly fits a dog in the cockpit.
- And my last car, the Impreza, was perfect for camping with dogs, or taking them Christmas tree shopping.
So although Agatha and Christie never got to chase squirrels in the Subaru, Shadow didn’t follow a scent with her head hanging out the window while driving, and Honey didn’t get to borrow the car to take herself to the dog park, the car was theirs. It was covered in dog hair and our dogs’ favorite places to spend time with us.
So maybe the idea of dogs buying cars isn’t so crazy after all?
What big purchases have you made that are all about your dog? A house? Car? Something else?
This post is sponsored by Subaru. I am being paid to spread the word about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, but Something Wagging This Way Comes only shares news about companies and products that meet my advertising and PR guidelines.