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12 Days of Christmas – Golden Gifts – Day 10

Here are some suggestions for those who love to travel with their dog!

Golden Gift Suggestion #10: Dog-friendly Travel Guides & Travel Accessories

The AAA Petbook for Traveling With Your Pet - $18.95 – available at Barnes & Noble.com

We absolutely love this book! It’s easy to navigate and search through, and is up-to-date info on thousands of pet-friendly hotels! Also, every year they have a fun photo contest to see which pup will land the cover. Quincey was a finalist and his photo is featured in it!

Jolly Pets Road Refresher Non-Spill Water Bowl – $12.99 – Amazon.com

No water spills in your car while traveling with this water bowl – genius!

JLA Pets Crate Mate 42 x 36 inch SUV Travel Pad – $59.99 – Amazon.com

How cozy does this look?

Portabottle Travel Sport Bottle & Dish – $8.99 – Buy.com

We love this product! Great for short car rides and hikes with your pup.

Outward Hound Designer Port-A-Bowls – $5.99 – PetSmart

Super easy to travel with. They don’t hold a bunch of water – but plenty large enough for mealtime.

Pet Gear Home ‘N Go Portable Soft Crate – $179.99 – PetSmart

This awesome crate not only comes in a variety of fun colors, but it folds flat for easy storage and travel. This is great for keeping your dogs safe and secure while alone in a hotel room so you can sneak out for a quick dinner.

Please visit our Travel Section to learn more about traveling with your dog, and some of our favorite places to visit with them.

Safe travels!

..we’re back!

Sorry it’s been nearly a month since my last post – I’ve been super busy with work and living in hotels and airplanes the past few weeks. I’m so happy to finally have a full week at home with my pups! (and husband) :)

Quincey does okay while I’m gone, but Roxy gets SUPER lonely. Brad sent me this pic of the dogs while I was traveling.. Roxy’s face explains it all – she missed her mama!

While I was traveling for work, I stayed a couple of nights in Denver at The Curtis Hotel. As I was walking into the hotel, they had a welcome sign with pictures and a big water bowl for dogs that were checking in that day – so cute! Although, it made me wish I had brought the pups with me. It’s an adorable hotel – if you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to stay in downtown Denver, you should check it out! A great restaurant called The Corner Office is attached to the hotel, too.

The Curtis Downtown Denver Dog Friendly Welcome

View my “Travel” page for a bunch of other suggestions for dog-friendly destinations!

Road trippin’ with your pup – Do’s and Don’ts

The dogs get SO excited when they get to go for a car ride. All I have to do is jiggle the keys – and they get up and run to the door. Recently, we took them on a longer than usual road trip where they were in the car for over 9 hours. We could tell that Roxy got a little uneasy having to sit in the car for so long. Of course we made several stops for potty and water breaks – we didn’t want her getting dehydrated. She does love to stick her head out the window every now and then to get some fresh air – and take in the views :)

In Arizona, we have to be exceptionally careful when traveling with our pets in the summertime.Today it reached 117 degrees here in Phoenix! Here are some tips that Brad and I learned from our road trip across the desert we thought we’d share.

1. Have PLENTY of water stocked in your cooler. Make sure your pup has access to a bowl of water at least every 30 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much they will want to drink. Roxy and Quincey downed a full bottle just about every time we offered it to them.

2. Be prepared to make several more stops than usual. We kept our eye on the dogs, and stopped when we could tell they were getting anxious – probably once ever 1.5 hours. When stopped, find a place that is cool and in the shade – be careful of hot asphalt as it will burn their paws.

3. Throw their collar or a bandana in the cooler with the ice water for a while, then put it around their neck to help cool them down.

4. Never leave your dogs alone in the car, even if the windows are rolled down. When traveling and are in unfamiliar areas, you never know what will spook your pup or make it jump out of the car. Also, rolling the windows down does very little to cool the car. Always have the air conditioning on, and someone in the car with them.

5. Avoid feeding them too much food or snacks along the way. Stick to chew toys and water. Some dogs do get carsick -so be careful!

6. In Golden Retriever fashion, you can also expect your car to be filled with dog hair during your trip. The stress and heat when traveling will cause them to shed more than usual. There are a lot of fancy car seat coverings you can buy – but we’ve found that a fitted bed sheet works like a charm. Tuck it into the seats really good so it stays tight. It washes very easily, too.

7. Our dogs are very good about sitting in the back seat, they never distract me when driving. However, if your dog does not stay in place, it would be wise to harness them to the seatbelt so you can drive safely.

Do you have any other tips for car rides? We’d love to hear them! Safe travels everyone!

Partying in Pine

Over the weekend we took the pups up my parents cabin in Pine – Roxy & Quincey LOVE it up there! They got to hike through the woods, they saw their first javelina and deer, and Roxy even got to ride on a quad! My parents hooked it up with a seat and safety belt so they can take their dog Kasey on quad rides with them, isn’t this hysterical? Roxy had so much fun cruisin’ through the forest.

Cruisin’

Nobody loves a car ride more than Quincey and Roxy! Every time they hear my keys jingle their tails go a-waggin. It’s hard to resist not bringing them along with me when I need to make a quick errand – so they’ve become quite popular with some of my company’s customers, our local distributor, and the drive through pharmacist. Roxy likes to stick her head out the window, so it’s fun to look in my side mirrors when driving and see a puppy dog smiling from ear to ear. It makes all of the dog hair in my Honda worth it :) Unfortunately it’s getting reeeeeaaaaally hot outside so their car rides have been more limited – but it’s always a pleasure to have two beautiful Goldens in my back seat!