I’m happy to report that I’ve found a new, excellent dog travel tote, the Acorn Everyday Tote from Alite. The only downside is that it may be falling off Alite’s product list. It’s not in their online catalogue, and that’s never a good sign. However, the company’s bricks-and-mortar store in San Francisco has “a lot” of back stock of the bag, in different colors, and it’s still available through Amazon (currently, the red is full price and the blue, which … Read more
Posts tagged ‘packing’
It’s a problem I’ve been writing about since I started this blog: Travelers with pet dogs are typically limited by airlines to a pet carrier and a small personal item (or, more rarely, to a pet carrier and a carry-on), and once you’ve stowed your pet under your seat, there’s typically no room next to her for anything else — so either you spend your flight, especially a turbulent flight, looking hopelessly up at the overhead compartment or you come up with some way … Read more
As you know by now, we travel with Chloe’s Midwest metal wire crate, so she has a cozy and secure lair to curl up in when we need to go somewhere without her (I realize that doesn’t work for every dog owner — we are lucky to have a dog who likes her crate, falls asleep in it, and doesn’t make a fuss when we’re absent).
The wire sides of the crate are ideal not only because they discourage scraping (the … Read more
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
I have a stack of great stuff in my in-box from Dog Jaunt readers, and I’m making progress on sharing it with you. Here are two tips from a couple of fellow travelers, and one from me.
Packing a crate
As you may already know, Chloe is crate-trained, and we carry a medium-sized version of her big metal crate with us when we travel. It occupies half of her enormous Samsonite suitcase, but I’ve never really begrudged the weight or the space … Read more
A blogging friend who has traveled abroad with her dogs got me thinking about taking dog food through Customs (“be careful,” she said, “to bring only unopened packages of dog food with you”).
As I’ve mentioned, we’ll be spending a couple of weeks in Paris this fall, and an EU regulation [Commission Regulation (EC) No 745/2004] “permanently prohibits all personal consignments of meat, meat products, milk and milk products from entering the EU.” So I wrote to the French Embassy, and my … Read more
Until last week, we were feeding Chloe frozen raw food at home (from a Seattle company called Natural Pet Pantry — yes, Chloe rejected all of the nationally-available brands) and a motley assortment of foods on the road, including Taste of the Wild and Now! kibble, and Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried raw food. I’ve been wavering in my allegiance to frozen raw food since my brother, an infectious disease specialist, asked over Easter break how confident I was that I … Read more
Back in December 2009, I wrote a post about how I’d jumped through a number of hoops to ship frozen raw dog food ahead of us on a trip we were taking. Chloe’s a picky eater, I explained, and I’d be flirting with disaster to rely on the other food she’s sometimes eaten (Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance rolls). My father-in-law assures me that no dog offered some form of food ever starved to death, … Read more
Chloe’s a small dog, but her suitcase is the biggest one we own. When we’re dealing with travel logistics, my husband and I complain bitterly; when we’re rational, however, we both realize that a 32″ suitcase isn’t that bad, considering that it contains her housing, bedding, dishes, food, and grooming and clean-up supplies. (You’ve seen Dog Jaunt’s travel checklist and packing list — we never travel with all of that stuff, but even a portion of it occupies a lot … Read more
While our dog travels in-cabin with us, all of her gear has to be packed for transport in the cargo area along with our own suitcases — and she has a lot of gear (see Dog Jaunt’s travel and packing checklist). Typically, I pack her collapsible travel crate, a couple of crate pads, her tote and her messenger bag in a 28″ suitcase. That works pretty well, and I’ll be writing a separate post about that approach. This time, though, … Read more