Happy International Cat Day!

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Happy International Cat Day! We have two cats that we absolutely adore and celebrate every day, not just on International Cat Day. Mac is the furry mom to Billy, a 9 year old male tabby. You can read more about him here. Billy is the definition of a mellow cat. He loves to sleep and once a day harass Izzy, our crazy Wheaten Terrier.
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Al is the furry mom to Tyra, a 13 year old female white cat. You can read more about her here. Tyra is not a fan of other animals but loves to cuddle with Al.

We have taken both of them on road trips with us at different times in the past. Check out our book, Woof Trekking: How To Road Trip with Your Pets, where we give advice on how to travel with your favorite cat.

We recently read about a pretty cool cat. The newly elected Prime Minister of New Zealand is Jacinda Ardern and she has an awesome cat named Paddles. Paddles is unique because she has a set of crazy thumbs! She also has her own twitter account which is pretty hilarious.


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Woof Trekking: Anxiety and Motion Sickness (100th Post!!!)

Woof Trekking: Anxiety and Motion Sickness (100th Post!!!)

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First, we want to mention that this post is our 100th post on zydoyle.com! Can you believe it? We wanted to start a blog for a very long time, and we are so glad that on 12/31/2014, we finally took the plunge. Thank you all for reading our posts. We look forward to what the future has to bring! Now, on to today’s post, which is an adaptation of a chapter from our new book, Woof Trekking.

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Note: If your pets get anxiety or motion sickness when traveling, check with your veterinarian prior to giving them any medications.

Anxiety and motion sickness can be a big challenge when bringing pets on a road trip, aka Woof Trekking. Before you take your pets on a Woof Trek, we suggest taking several trips in the car around town a few weeks in advance. Then you can gauge your pet’s car riding personality. “Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car,” says the ASPCA in their great article, “Travel Safety Tips.”

When it comes to how well our pets handle Woof Trekking, they are all over the spectrum.

The Pro

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Nana has no problems on the road. She absolutely loves riding in the car. She is very good at controlling her body through twists and turns by leaning against the centrifugal force. She will crane her neck to watch the road through the front windshield. We are convinced that if she somehow acquired the necessary skills, she could drive to the park herself.

The Lightweight

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Billy, in general is very good in the car, but he does have one big problem. He gets motion sick. In the past, Billy has received a half tablet of Dramamine (Meclizine Version) on the first couple mornings of the Woof Trek, at the advice of our veterinarian.

It makes Billy pretty drowsy. We only give it to him the first couple days, because after that, he tends to have adjusted to life on the highway. The Dramamine works, but only up to a point. If the road winds back and forth, he can still get sick.

We recently changed veterinarians and he suggested switching to Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate Version) or Benadryl to help Billy with his motion sickness, but we have not yet tried either of these options. Talk with your veterinarian to decide what solutions may be appropriate if your pet is prone to motion sickness.

The Wild Card

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Izzy can get a bit anxious in the car, especially on the first day. She pants and can whine on occasion, but eventually she settles down. Like Billy, she has received Dramamine (Meclizine Version), per the advice our previous veterinarian, to help cope with this. We give her the pill about an hour before we leave, and she becomes much more mellow and less stressed. Again, we only give it for the first couple days because after that, she has adjusted to our new schedule.

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You might ask, if Izzy is so stressed, why not just leave her at home? We tried once in 2013. Everyone was kenneled while we attended a funeral. We were gone for four days. Nana did fine. Billy gave Mac the cold shoulder for about a week, but was otherwise fine. But while we were gone, Izzy went on a hunger strike. She can be quite sensitive and is very social. It was the first time we had ever left her behind, and it is likely to be the last. She is the type who could expire from a broken heart. So now, we never leave her behind. We are her ohana and we won’t ever forget her.

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90’s Road Tripping vs. 2016 Road Tripping

90’s Road Tripping vs. 2016 Road Tripping

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Now, we have already established that we are millennials. That means we are around the big 3-0, and when you’ve been around for about three decades, we think it is okay to give into a little nostalgia now and then.

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One of our most cherished childhood memories is going on road trips and one of the best parts of said road trips was listening to books on tape. On one road trip, we listened to the entire delightful cassette tape version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, narrated by the many charming voices of Jim Dale. Only recently did we discover that Stephen Fry was the voice of the UK version of Harry Potter book on tape. We love Stephen Fry, but when we listened to a sample, it just wasn’t the same. Jim + J.K. forever! <3 <3 <3

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1

On another road trip, we listened to a book called The End of the Road, also on cassette tape, written and read by Tom Bodett. Penned in 1989, it is a hilarious novel featuring several interconnected stories about a small town in Alaska. The most memorable section was about an outrageous lime green fire truck. You should read it! Actually, you should listen to it. It is Tom Bodett after all! An abridged version is available through Audible. Bodett’s voice draws you in like few other audiobook narrators. No wonder he has been the voice of Motel 6 for 30 years.

The End of the Road

Road Trip Activities in the 1990’s

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-Listen to cassette tapes on your Walkman. These could be the aforementioned audiobooks or something cooler, like Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album. That cover was gorgeous!

-Play your original Gameboy. Remember the thick gray plastic body with the greenish-yellow screen and gray graphics? Remember carrying around all of your game cartridges with you? Those were the days…

-Play CDs on your bulky portable CD Player. Whip out your 4 slot mesh binder CD collection on the bus to band camp. Yeah, I’ve got Chumbawamba. Wazzup?

-The Old Standbys: the license plate game, Slug Bug, and I Spy. Not sure if these are still popular with the kids these days.

Road Trip Activities Now

Don’t Forget Your Charging Station!

-Stream podcasts, audiobooks, or music on your phone.

-Read books on your eReader or phone.

-Play realistic games or watch TV on your phone.

We may be biased, but just looking over these two lists, it seems obvious that road tripping in the nineties was da bomb diggity.

That being said, there is no doubt that smartphones changed the road tripping game forever. The only limit is your data plan and the amount of coverage provided by your network. In some remote areas, there is no service. Now what, Gen Z? Now what? SLUG BUG!

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