Travel Takes Two

Our travels to Virginia took about 11 hours in the car and the two pups did pretty well.  We put the rear seats down in the car so Link and Eve could have the run.  Some people I’ve talked to are very adamant about only traveling with their dogs in the crate or in some cases, a dog safety belt.  I can completely see how crate traveling in a car would make sense.  However, for such a long ride in the car, allowing them as much space as possible to stretch their legs made the most sense to us.  I know when I’m traveling, I have to stretch my legs any chance I get.  I figured the pups agreed!  Eve However, insisted on reaching her head into the front of the car to rest it on one of my arms steering the car.  It was cute, but kind of heavy for steering the car!  Ok, so I get why some people crate their dogs!

Pics are of the pups traveling and one of my parents dog, Guiness the Chocolate Lab.

-Kyle

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8 responses

  1. AC

    Oh Eve, so freakin cute. Love pictures of them doing the same thing too (staring out the window). And as always, shout out to Link’s ears.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

  2. I agree re: the cutest photos are those where they are doing the same thing.

    How are Indie’s ears doing? Do they have that same puppy poof when viewed from the back?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  3. they are so cute together!
    We never crated/seat belted Darwin while riding in the car… I definitely understand why it’s safer to do so, but she’s so big, a crate would never fit in our cars and we don’t let her ride in the back seat (she rides in the trunk/hatchback).

    Darwin’s collar is from a local etsy seller, Greenbelts http://www.etsy.com/shop/greenbelts
    she got it for her 1st birthday (buying fancy collars for her before didn’t make sense as she’d grow out of it quickly).

    July 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  4. Hehe, we do the exact same thing to our humans in the car Eve…that’s what they are there for…to rest out heads on, cos they are very heavy :p hehe

    We don’t put in a crate or seat belt in the car…we just chill out, watching the world go by!

    We love the photo where you guys are both looking out the window, very cute!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

    July 17, 2010 at 5:30 am

  5. Heehee! We let the dogs have the run of our Jeep’s back seats, as well. Especially now that they’re so big, there’s no way that they’d be able to share one seat. Usually it’s Gus that’s “up in our business” during the drive, though. Waldo will conk out, taking the whole back space, and Gus will sit right behind us, with his head poking over the seats. Often, on 7-hour rides, he may only sleep a half-hour. He spends the time looking out the windows with us. 🙂

    July 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

  6. Aww,that is pretty impressive that Gus spend 6.5 hours awake on the ride.

    That is better than most humans, actually.

    July 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  7. stephanie Learned

    We are having a hard time making any plans to travel anywhere because we have no one to watch our dogs. Sometimes I feel like we are stuck at home because are dogs are so paticular and I just cant trust other people with them. My blue heeler is very confrontatinal with people she doesnt know. She doesnt bite but when people she is not fimilar with come to the house she runs at them and barks. I know this is her nature and instinct because heelers are very protective dogs. And my lab is two but is still puppy to no end…running jumping doing laps around the house. Its just a Lot of responsibility to put onto someone else. And not to mention our neighbors have australian shepards and they use to get along with our dogs when we had a chain link fence but we decided to build an 4 foot privacy fence and ever sense they hate each other..they run at the fence and bark and jump.. and bite each other.. THere have been many injuries. But when they are out of the yard they all love each other. again travel seems impossible right now and it can be frustrating!

    July 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

    • There is always hope in the future to travel with them though! It seems like a lot of dogs tend to calm down and mellow out a lot when they start to get a bit older. I know what you mean though, my parents have a west highland terrier and she would always try to nip the people who would watch her. Eventually it was pretty hard to find people to watch her. Now though, as she’s aged a bit she’s calmed down on the nipping and is so much easier to have someone watch her!

      You should also check out Red Roof Hotels. They allow dogs so you can bring them along. Most Restaurants that have an outside eating section allow dogs to join the owners. Also some boutique stores allow you to bring your dog in. There are a few of these stores in Chicago around us.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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