Here are a few tips to make the trip from home to vacation house safer and easier for everyone:
- Keep Everyone Secure. Yes, it's sweet to hold Fido on your lap, but it can be dangerous - for you and the dog. Dogs should be restrained in the back seat of a car or in a carrier, whether in a car or a RV. Dogs allowed to stick their heads out the car window risk injury from debris or illness from air forced into their lungs.
- Tag, Chip and Leash. Do not ever open the car door without first securing your pet's leash - even when it's inside a crate. One quick leap, and your pet could disappear into a parking lot or rest area hundreds of miles away from home. Also make certain your pet's tag and microchip have your cell number or other vacation contact information.
- A Few of My Favorite Things. Just like us, our pets have comfort items. Don't forget your dog's favorite food, dishes, blankets, bed and toys.
- Plan a Pet-friendly Itinerary. Map out good places to stop for walks along the way and locate pet friendly hotels if your trip requires an overnight stop. At your vacation home, look for parks that allow dogs. **Don't assume the beach is pet friendly, be sure to check this out. Here in the Destin area there are parks, restaurants, and even pubs that welcome both you and your dog.
~Tips shared from "Dog Friendly Travels on the Gulf Coast" by D. Fran Morley