In our summer issue of Bark, we rounded up some of our favorite dog-friendly destinations from camps and swimming holes to happening neighborhoods and rustic lodges. Our readers chipped in as well with their favorite go-to spots and travel advice. We had so many great ideas, we couldn’t fit them all in the magazine, so check out our catalog of fun here. Also, we’re still collecting your ideas, and since summer is still four days away, there’s still plenty of time to make plans.
Several reader tips related to keeping dogs comfortable on trips—a very important concern. This is supposed to be fun, after all. And as anyone who has ever packed for a trip knows the challenges begin the moment you pull out the travel gear.
“I bring out my suitcase the same time I bring out my dogs' ‘suitcases,’” Georgia Herpel of Pennsylvania wrote us. “If my dogs saw a suitcase they would know they are being left behind—albeit with a wonderful dog sitter. I have them watch me pack their ‘bags,’ add their favorite toys and tell them they are going in the car. No anxiety!”
Trudy Halvorson of Montgomery, Tex., sent us a photo (above) of her English Springer Spaniel, Sammie (short for Samantha). “We were packing for vacation and she wanted to be sure that she was not left behind,” Halvorson says. “She did go with us and we called our trip ‘Sammie’s Big Adventure!’” I love this photo because Sammie does look about as casual as you could want.
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In my house, when we are loading up the car for a road trip, the dogs are the first in the vehicle. Otherwise they will be constant UFOs (under-foot objects). Once they are settled in the car, they don’t seem to care how long it takes, as long as they are sure they’re coming along.
What are your tricks for launching a journey smoothly?