All you ever wanted to know about Traveling with petsJun 10, 2000 (Updated Jul 10, 2000) Write an essay on this topic.
Pets,they can become a nuisance to a traveler. The most common complaints that I've heard are either the hotel that I wanted to stay in didn't accept pets and I ended up spending the night in the car or I wasn't the least bit organized. Me and my family travel each year from our home in Scottsdale, Arizona to our cabin up in Maple Lake, Minnesota. We have quite a collection of pets with our eight cats, two dogs, and parrot. Here are some tips or hints that my family and I found very useful:
1) If traveling with more than two cats or dogs, have at least a midsize sedan. If you own an SUV, what we did was we blocked off the back of our suburban and turned it into a cat living quarters. They like having there own space and are under enough stress being trapped in a car for a few days.
2) Before leaving on your trip, be sure to go out and around to the various hotels and if the hotel is part of a chain of hotels, get a hotel book that gives all of the locations. They are separated by state and are very handy. Look up the town where you are planning on stopping that night. It's good to have more than one hotel booklet because if there isn't a hotel in the particular town that you are planning on staying in, you're not stuck sleeping another night in the car. Now, how do you know if a hotel accepts pets or not? Well,look inside the hotel booklets and next to services or accommodations, there is little pictures. Some may be of a swimming pool, etc.,etc. You are looking for a black dog. If it shows a black dog, then you are in luck. A lot of hotels around the country are starting to become more and more aware that people are traveling with their pets more and more these days and are starting to make accommodations towards this.
3) Before leaving town, to stay more organized, you may want to put the food for each animal in little zip loc baggies. Also, be sure to bring bottled water along. The long hours in the car and the constant changing of tap water may either make your pet dehydrated or sick.Besides, You should have bottled water along for yourself.
4) Be sure to stop every few hours at a rest stop to let your pet stretch it's legs and go to the bathroom.
5) Bring a trash can, trash bags, paper towels, and other supplies needed to clean up the animals poop. This is just for precaution just in case he/she has an accident in the car or hotel room.
6) Your pet should be fine throughout the night in the new hotel room as long as you take it to the bathroom right before you go to bed and right when you get up.
If you do all of these things while traveling with your pet(s), then the experience should be a lot more enjoyable for you and the pet(s).
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