When a pet sitter just won't do, pet-friendly travel locales and useful tips for a safe, smooth, and comfortable journey for critters of all kinds.
My Epic RV Adventure
My dog Buddy and I have a strong bond and have shared many adventures; but none more epic than the six month road trip we took in 2015. We started in Maine, ultimately traveling as far as British Columbia in a 2006 Ford F-350 and a truck camper (pictured above). It was a bittersweet journey, because the money I received from my mother's estate funded the trip. Her sudden passing had prompted me to reevaluate everything in my life. I had always dreamt of taking a trip like this, but it came with some apprehension. I had never driven a truck before, and there would be a 1200 pound camper on the back. Not to mention, I had no experience with RV living. There were more practical decisions I could have made at the time, but I knew this opportunity might not come my way again. I moved forward with my plans. I gave away most of my belongings and put the rest in storage. I moved into the camper with Buddy and my cat Phoenix, who identified as a dog. After spending a few days getting used to the camper and organizing, we left for our trip the last weekend in October. I'm not going to chronicle every stop we made, because not every stop was interesting; some places were kind of creepy. I'll highlight the spots that made the biggest impression on me. As a side note, I recently lost my external hard drive, and most of my photos from the road, but there are a few gems which I will include with this story.
DOG FOR SALE! - How To Take Care Of A Camelia
Camelia Tanzo-Burgess, Camelia, Camie, or Cam-Cam for short is a highly pampered, needy young lady. Her high expectations however will be met with the utmost respect and loyalty and you definitely won’t be let down by her loving nature.
Traveling With Your Pet
Many people most of the time travel. It’s not a great think but when you are traveling with your pet that time you need to concentrate more on your pet which may disturb you to enjoy your vacation.
Felix Gets a Job
Once upon a time two friends happened upon a vacant house with a perfect dog. Life has never been the same. HOUSE WANTED. 2 beds, not necessarily in different bedrooms. A full tub, not just a shower. Fireplace, with gas logs. Coffee maker. Wifi. Screened-in porch. Sidewalk neighborhood. Dog, inside, trained, must cuddle.
An Eventful Hike
The sun had not yet risen when Sidney, my German Shepherd, and I loaded up to go for a hike. I knew it would be a long day. My goal was to reach the trail head by no later than 6:30 am. The hike itself would be a rough one. The trail to Pine Creek Lake is labeled at the trail had as 4.5 miles with nearly 3600 feet of elevation gain. The average length of time it took hikers was around eleven hours according to hiking reports. Those same reports claimed the trail was both longer and steeper than the trailhead claimed. Sidney and I like to hike and while this sounded like a long rough day, I was excited to take on the challenge.
How to Move to France With Your Cat
We have a cat, an old cat. He came into my life in the arms of my son. On a visit home from grad school, Josh brought a tiny kitten, a self-possessed furball with a stubby tail. We worried about his survival, being so small, and we hustled him off to the vet to get all the necessary vaccinations and preventatives. Josh named him Willow after the central character in the movie of the same name. He was a little guy with spunk. The two of them returned to Josh’s school where Willow enjoyed his kittenhood in an old brownstone row house with a group of graduate math students.
The Heeler that Healed Me
They say dog is Man's best friend, but that must have been before Eve. I had just graduated college and I was looking for an adventure.
nose kisses and kitchen dances
There are times in all our lives when certain extraordinary people burst through our heavily barricaded doors and completely change us forever. I am so thankful to say that I’ve had a small handful of those kind of people in my life. However, if I’m being completely honest (and I try to be as frequently as possible), the sweet angel who has truly shaped my most important, formative years on this wildly changeable Earth thus far, was my family dog.
Golden Isles of Georgia
Travel and dogs. These two passions of mine don’t always intersect, but when they do, magical memories are formed. Sometimes my two miniature schnauzers, both brazen barkers, are left with a pet and house sitter while we travel to far off destinations. Not only am I uncomfortable with having them on an airplane, but I sometimes believe that Heidi and Ruffles prefer to stay in the security of their own house. Leaving them is hard (for me), and I sometimes think that they are the only reasons I come home from some locations - well, that and my wallet.
An Ode to R2D2
You remember the sequence from The Empire Strikes Back where the gang leaves the snow world? Most of the gang ends up trying to flee from the Empire, but Luke goes off on his own to meet up with a Jedi Master. Except, he doesn't really go alone, does he?
Pepper's Grand Adventure
I lay on the cold kitchen tile floor like I did every morning, waiting for my humans to drop some food at my feet for me to dispose of. The smell of delicious honey bacon consumed the air and made me start drooling onto the floor. Some days I would get lucky and get extra food if my owner Christina was around to share some extra food with me. Her parents didn't like when she spoiled me with extra treats but of course I didn't mind.
Everything About Transporting Pets and Traveling With Your Non-speaking Friend
You are attached to your pet and you would take it with you everywhere, but for this, you have to keep in mind certain rules.