Re: Tips needed... for a long drive with dogs
drove from NC to MN a couple of times last year in the fall and then winter - stopped over in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin and then drove into MN. 3 days :-)
Camera, rawhides or other chewies if your dog likes those, stops at McDonalds for Vanilla ice cream cones and nuggets or chicken strips - now Angeles loves going for rides and when he hears the drive through attendant on the speaker, sometimes he barks at them I think to let them know what he wants! - paper towels, garbage bags, food, water and bowls. Also had his leash and his collar was on him with tags all up to date. Poopy pick up bags. Also carried some canned food for when we stopped at the hotels. That way I knew for sure he would eat since he wasn't quite sure of the new place he was at.
He slept a lot on the ride and then sometimes looked around. One trip I was in a Mazda 5 minivan looking thing, so I could use his crate. The other was winter/snow time so I used a RAV 4 with AWD so no crate, but he could sit in the back seat in the floor with no problems. I used those Petco or store bags that you buy for a $1 and can reuse to transport his stuff - made things easy to bring into hotels and in and out of the car. And of course a mobile phone.
Have fun on your trip!!!! We did plenty of stops for breaks and stop at local petsmarts so he could walk around and have fun besides just being outside. And if you make a stop overnight, check the hotels ahead of time, like Super 8. They let us stay with no problem and in Virginia it was a private Motel in the mountains but they didn't mind having dogs.
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Angeles von Lobos (pronounced Angelus)