Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

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With the holidays coming up, many of you will be traveling over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. Pet lovers may be taking their precious pups and furry felines on the road with them, perhaps for the first time. If you are new to the ways of Woof Trekking (road tripping with your pets), this may cause some anxiety for both the humans and the pets. But have no fear, we are here to help.
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We have been traveling with our two dogs, Izzy and Nana, and one cat, Billy, for four years. We have gained a lot of knowledge to share with you. If you are new to our blog, you can take a look at our previous woof trekking posts here. We have also written a book about our experience with traveling with our cat and two dogs. You can get your copy on Amazon and Kobo.
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You may be surprised that we travel with our cat, however Billy is a pretty chill cat who does fairly well on the road. If you want to take your cat with you (or a skittish dog for that matter), taking them on short, little trips to see how they handle going in the car is a good idea. We actually have two cats, but Tyra doesn’t travel well and prefers to stay home and be kenneled.

We have previously talked about what to pack for both your dogs and your cats. Some important items include: food, bowls, and kitty litter box.

Safety is very important while traveling with your pets and we have some tips to keep everyone safe. First of all safety in the car is very important, both of our dogs wear car harnesses so they can be buckled in. Billy also wears a harness so he too can be buckled up while riding in a human’s lap. You can read more about car harnesses here.


Some dogs and cats travel really well on the road and have no problems. Nana is one of these dogs. She loves car rides and watching the world pass by. Izzy is the opposite, she loves getting into the car but as soon as it starts moving, she becomes anxious and starts to whine. When we travel, we give her Dramamine, per the recommendation of our vet, and it takes the edge off. (Always talk to your vet before giving your pet medication.) Billy on the other hand gets motion sick in the car. He also gets Dramamine to help him deal with this. You can read more about Anxiety and Motion Sickness here.
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The last point we would like to make is about hotel safety. Some hotels are better than others but all should be inspected before letting your pets loose. We have found some interesting objects hidden under the bed. Our biggest tip is to get down on your hands and knees with a flashlight to clear the floor of any dropped pills and other foreign objects.

Go forth and don’t be afraid to take your pets on the road with you. If you want to read more about our travels, get a copy of our book. Bringing your pets on your travels will make your adventures even more memorable!

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Woof Trekking Packing Checklist: Dog Basics

Woof Trekking Packing Checklist: Dog Basics

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Happy Friday, everyone! For today’s post, we wanted to give you an in-depth look at what we bring with us on our Woof Treks. We will be focusing on the first section of the packing checklist: Dog Basics. You can find the full checklist at the bottom of this post.

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FOOD

When it comes to feeding our dogs, our vet has fully convinced us to go “grain-free”. We had heard about Taste of the Wild ever since we took Izzy to puppy school six years ago, but thought it was too expensive. However, our vet has since made the case, and now we only feed our dogs the best.


Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food


Wellness Thick & Chunky Stews Natural Wet Canned Dog Food
 

CAN OPENER

A good can opener can be hard to find. We’ve tried both Martha Stewart brand and the Oxo brand openers, with plenty of early success. But after a while, the opener gets all clogged and rusty. That hasn’t happened with our Zyliss.


Zyliss Lock N’ Lift Manual Can Opener with Lid Lifter Magnet
 

FOOD BOWL

Their current food bowls look a lot like the bowl below. They are nice and sturdy, but on the road, they can get a bit bulky.


Petrageous Designs Pooch Basics Pet Bowl

Consequently, we purchased smaller, lighter bowls like the bowl below for future Woof Treks.


Loving Pets Bella Bowl Dog Bowl
 

WATER BOWL

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We bring the same water bowl that the dogs and cat use at home. As mentioned in Woof Trekking, when we are on a hike, we will just pour a small stream of water from our water bottles into our dogs’ mouths and they love it.


PetFusion Premium Brushed Stainless Steel Bowl
 

CRATE

We lug their large crates with us on every single Woof Trek. They don’t actually take up much space, since they are collapsible. Still, they’re heavy! We’ve been looking into alternatives (like this one) but haven’t actually purchased one yet.


Aspenpet Pet Porter Kennel
 

BEDDING

Izzy and Nana each have a blanket in the bottom of their crates. We tried putting in more padded bedding, but they pushed it out of the way. We believe this is because they like the cool feeling of the plastic when they get hot at night.


Pet Dog Cat Blanket Mat Bed with Paw Prints
 

PET WASTE BAGS

We recycle a lot of grocery bags to pick up pet waste, but will occasionally splurge on these. A surprising number of rest areas throughout the country supply these, but it’s best to have your own stock, just in case.


AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip

 

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Woof Trekking Dispatch #4: Japantown and Lombard Street, July 2012

Woof Trekking Dispatch #4: Japantown and Lombard Street, July 2012

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Our fourth dispatch from our very first Woof Trek is from San Francisco. You can check out our previous entries in this series here. You can check out our new book, Woof Trekking, on Amazon and Kobo.

We started off the day by going to Japantown, located in the Western Addition district of San Francisco. Prior to 1906, there were actually two Japantowns since San Francisco was the main port of entry of Japanese immigrants, but after the 1906 earthquake only one survived. According to Wikipedia, Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest enclave of Japanese residents in the United States.

The earthquake of 1906 is an important time in our own family history because both of our maternal great-grandfathers witnessed the destruction caused by the earthquake as they were arriving by boat from Japan (our grandma’s father) and from Hawaii (our grandpa’s father).
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We found a nice parking spot at the corner of Sutter Street and Buchanan Street and walked across Sutter to wander around.
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Our first stop was the Japantown Peace Plaza. This Plaza holds several events throughout the year marking Japanese holidays. At the heart of this Plaza is the Peace Pagoda. The Pagoda was built in 1968, designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi and was a gift from the people of Osaka, San Francisco’s sister city in Japan.
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After walking around the Peace Plaza we ventured into the Japan Center East Mall. We went into a couple of shops, but our favorite was Daiso Japan. They had all sorts of household items but the most impressive section was these colorful containers, arranged in perfect order. It was quite the sight to see.
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While walking around the mall, we stumbled across this fabulous mural of Japanese umbrellas.
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After doing some shopping, we hopped back into the car and set off to see Lombard Street.
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This street is dubbed, “The most crooked street in the world.” It is located in the Russian Hill neighborhood. We took the slow, winding route down the hill. You can’t go too fast with all the switchbacks in the street. In the distance, you can see stately Coit Tower. You can also see Yerba Buena and Treasure Island further out into the bay, accessible via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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The homes lining along this street seemed quaint. This the biggest and probably the oldest bougainvillea we have ever seen! Very beautiful in full bloom.
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Another shot, a few turns down the street.

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You can take a virtual tour of Lombard Street on Google Maps.

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Woof Trekking Japantown and Lombard Street

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