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Road trip how-to

Packing your dog’s gear for travel: An update, and a collaboration

I’ve written several posts about the dog gear we bring with us on trips, and how we pack it for car and airplane travel, but when Gigi Griffis (who writes The Ramble, and whose posts about her current trip across Europe with Luna, her Schnauzer-Yorkie mix, have frequently been featured in past Chloe’s Clicks) asked if I’d like to contribute to a collection of posts about packing for dog travel, I happily agreed. Things change over time, after all — new  … Read more

Readers’ pet travel tips: Road trips and plane flights

For Dog Jaunt’s last giveaway, I asked people to enter by leaving a comment with a pet travel tip. After years of getting (and posting) e-mails from you guys with your reports from the road, I knew that you have ideas I’ve never thought of — and sure enough, the giveaway entries were splendid. They’re there in the comments, but they’ll get lost, so I’m posting them here, where I can tag them, and where other readers can easily find  … Read more

Photo Friday: Keeping your dog cool in the car

Chloe and I were driving home to Seattle from Vancouver this past Sunday, and I realized after a few miles that she was panting — although there’s an A/C vent for the right rear passenger seat, and the car was cool, she was still heating up in the sun. I pulled over and installed the sun shade I’d bought just for this purpose, long ago at Target:

Go, Diego, Goal! Notice how Chloe's snoozing, not sitting up and panting? I  … Read more

Driving to another state with a dog

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about U.S. airlines’ requirements for health certificates. That post was about flying from one state to another; this post is about driving across state lines.

Officially, the rules are the same, except that the airlines’ requirements don’t enter the picture. Officially, you need to research the rules each state has promulgated about the timing of rabies vaccinations, whether a health certificate is required, and when the certificate has to be issued. And once again,  … Read more

Traveling by car with a small dog: How it works

Last weekend, Chloe and I flew to Chicago to meet my oldest niece, just finishing her first year at college. I rented a minivan and we filled it with my niece’s stuff and drove to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Chloe and I had driven together before for two or three hours at a time, but that was in my own car, equipped with Chloe’s beloved Snoozer Lookout, and leaving from our own driveway. This took more preparation.

Packing for a road trip

Chloe’s Snoozer certainly  … Read more

Traveling by car with a small dog: Ready, set…

Photo by ♡Blackangelツ

You’ve seen it, of course: an adorable, small dog either standing on her owner’s lap while her owner drives or with her front paws on the passenger-side door panel, nose blissfully out the open window and ears flapping in the wind. She loves it! She’s in heaven! She’s also really, really unsafe!!

If I’m describing you and your dog, believe me, I know you’re a terrific driver. Hey, I am too. But remember all those crazy drivers you  … Read more