“Just the three of us” will be my mantra this weekend…
I’m going on a road trip in a couple of days – with the Boys — by myself – for the first time #crazydogmom
Remember Bill Withers musical masterpiece? –
Just the two of us, we can make it if we try. Just the two of us….
I’ll change the word from “two” to “three” and hum it for four straight days.
SAFETY TIPS –
I really want to attend a very special event on Saturday. Doodle Dad cannot come with me. So I’m driving solo and taking both Doods with me. It’s a 7.5 hour drive, one I’ve done dozens of times before. But never as the only human in the car with two dogs.
Wanting to make this trip a happy and safe experience, I looked at a few articles for some tips. Read an excellent article by Amy Burkett of Go Pet Friendly on Tips For Traveling Alone With A Pet.
Most of the tips I’d already thought about.
- Planning a route
- Sharing our itinerary
- Packing food
- Knowing where to stop and stretch/eat
- Sticking to your dogs schedule
Here’s what I didn’t think of –
Carry safety devices #justincase – since I am traveling alone, I should have some assistance (mace, safety whistle, pepper spray) from unwanted advances from strangers, aggressive dogs, or even wildlife.
REST ROOM BREAKS –
This, however, has been keeping me up at night. I am not in the habit of leaving Harley & Jaxson in the car alone, yet I will have to use the restroom at least once in almost eight hours. #whatsagirltodo
I learned a few steps to ensure that they will be comfortable for the short period of time required.
Steps like –
- park your car in the shade.
- place a sunscreen across the windshield to decrease visibility that they’re in there.
- set my cell phone alarm for 10 minutes and make sure I’m back before it goes off.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE –
There’s nothing better than hearing from people who have already driven a mile in the direction you’re headed.
Has anyone traveled a lengthy distance alone with their dogs? Can you think of anything else I haven’t shared that I need to know?
I can’t wait to start our adventure in a few days. Look for live video on their FaceBook page throughout the weekend. Especially their Doodle Reunion on Monday.
Share your travel tips please in the comments…
Jobs fill your pockets but adventures fill your soul ❤