As soon as we drove off the block I missed my dogs, Agatha and Christie. As I blinked back tears, I decided our next vacation would include the girls.
That was over 20 years ago. Since then, I rarely travel anywhere without a dog.
♥ If they aren’t along I miss them. But you already knew that if you’ve read down this far.
♥ They give me an excuse for not doing touristy things I hate to do anyway, like climbing tall towers. Or visiting Disney World. Ugh!
♥ Food tastes better outdoors. And pet friendly dining in the U.S. means a patio or outside deck. Besides, who wants to be inside on a beautiful summer day?
♥ If I weren’t always on the lookout for uncrowded places to camp and hike with reactive dogs, I would never have discovered beautiful Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River.
♥ Traveling can be tiring. But with you own fuzzy stress busters by your side, you can get right down to relaxing on your vacation.
♥ A sudden absence of dog hair on your food and clothing is quite disconcerting. I’ve known some pet people to need acute medical care to avoid a total psychic collapse at the prospect. Better be safe and bring the fur with you.
♥ I keep up my exercise routines on vacation. Honey (and each of my previous dogs) wouldn’t let me do otherwise.
♥ It’s fun. I love exploring a new place with a canine nose in the lead. Dogs help me spot things in nature I’d miss on my own.
Would You Enjoy Traveling With Your Dog?
I’m passionate about traveling with dogs. I’m even passionate about traveling with cats. Although I’ve never done it, I’ve known people who have. And I’d love to see more people try it.
Pet travel is a subject I return to again and again. I’ve even written about the same topic, with the same title, twice before realizing it!
And if you’re thinking your dog is too ________ (fill in the blank: crazy, reactive, fearful, hyper, etc.) to be a good traveling partner, I’ve shared my secrets in Can You Vacation With a Reactive Dog (without pooping in the woods?).
And I take a different look at each book here on Something Wagging This Way Comes. You’ll find a list of all my Pet Travel Book Club posts here.
But I know some of you are saying to yourselves, of course she likes traveling with her dog. She has a well-socialized Golden Retriever she’s raised from a puppy. She has no idea what it’s like to travel with my dog.
So here are two of my favorite posts from blogging friends who have enjoyed traveling with their challenging dogs:
A Perfect Moment from Kenzo the Hovawart, and
Bella’s Excellent Vacation from Bringing Up Bella
Are you convinced? And ready to give traveling with your pet a try?
Best Pet Travel Websites
Today you’ll find my list of favorite pet travel websites at A Traveler’s Library.
Some will inspire you with their beautiful photographs. Others will help you find the best place to stay or give the tips you need to make a trip wonderful.
I hope you’ll stop over to see who made the list. And share with me in the comments your favorites I missed.
And if you’re inspired, come see us in the Finger Lakes of New York. I understand Chez Honey is very pet friendly.
Are the places you like to travel fun for dogs? If not, would you consider a different kind of vacation so your dog could join you?