A Motorvational Speech

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It’s summer time. Vacation time. The call of the road is howling. So here are some travel tips for you and your best furry friend.

Safety first.

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Before you leave the house, or dog house, make sure your car is equipped for pet safety.  Your dog should be contained in a carrier, a special pet seat, or restraint. Absolutely no sitting on the driver’s lap. And no paws on the steering wheel.



I always make sure to take Penelope’s food, treats, and water, along with her bowls and bed.  I have even brought along a cooler with ice blocks so that she can enjoy Frosty Paws®. Don’t forget a leash, poop bags and make sure your dog is wearing a license and ID. And remember favorite toys, as well as some old towels in case you find an inviting river or lake.

Stop often.

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Every 2 hours for a potty break is a good idea. When you’re driving through a drive-thru, or stopping for a snack, order a cup of ice. This quenches your pup’s thirst but limits their water intake.  And that translates to fewer bathroom stops.

And NEVER, EVER, leave you dog alone in a parked car.

Plan ahead. Visit places that are pet friendly.

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No doubt you’ll find some on this list of the top pet friendly destinations in the US.

San Diego, California. You’ll be pleased to hear that the residents of San Diego are barking mad about dogs, so you’ll meet lots of instant fans of your furry friend.

Key West, Florida. The Key West Dog Beach is small but friendly, and your pet is free to play in the waves to their hearts content.

Portland, Oregon. How’s this for dog-friendly? Head down to the Tin Shed Garden Café on a Tuesday night to enjoy a free item from the dog menu for each human-friendly dish you order.

Finger Lakes Region, New York. This is wine country. And many wineries allow dogs—just check in advance

Nantucket, Massachusetts. There are sandy stretches where dogs are welcome to roam on their leashes. They can even go out on the water on a private charter with Endeavor Sailing Excursions.

Asbury Park, New Jersey. This Jersey Shore destination is on the up—and it’s getting its fair share of dog tourism. There’s even a doggy yappy hour at the Wonder Bar Club.

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Now you’re ready to roll.

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Happy Trails. And Happy Tails!