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Old 03-16-2014, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, we made it through day one! We're traveling from Georgia to Washington by car. I have four GSDs and a large mixed breed, and we're all packed neatly into my Honda Fit (there's a thread on here about the mods I made to my car). I have another two legged passenger too. All my stuff was packed in a moving pod and is somewhere in transit. Meanwhile, five dogs later, things have settled down.

Day one was horrible; Lexi is in standing heat and my male whined and pouted for about five hours until he finally gave up and napped. Every time we stopped he'd start again. Plus the labradoodle was grumpy, so if my male stepped on him accidentally he'd get snapped at. Poor guy just can't catch a break!

We're at our hotel getting ready to head back out for another 9 hour day. We covered 5 states yesterday and had dinner with my aunt, who was considering taking my male. No dice... Unlucky boy has to sit through four more days of torture, lol

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We're going to be driving cross country soon, but without dogs. You are a braver person than I am...
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Congrats on getting through the first day! That is the hardest until they settle into traveling. I've never traveled with that many - it must be a challenge.
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Your making good progress! Are you able to take lots of breaks or is there a tight schedule?
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Day two was excellent! Everyone settled down, they've got all their phobia of pooping in new places out of the way, and we're meeting tons of new people and places!

Cross-Country Drive with Intact Male and Female in Heat-imageuploadedbypg-free1395060532.663966.jpg

We touched down in Texas yesterday evening and had some Tex- Mex to celebrate. Everyone is eating ok, although the male is still picky since he gets distracted. He's stopped whining and carrying on so.

Schedule is tight, we're doing 8-10 hour driving days. The scenery is a bit blah in this area but far better than we've come across. Roads have gotten nicer.

Five dogs in my car has not been nearly as tight as I had anticipated! More updates as we go
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Hope you have easy travels through Texas!!!
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Hope things continue to go well with all of you! I don't know if this would work for dogs... But when I was showing horses, pulling a 6-horse trailer, and we happened to have a mare in heat (they come in heat every month!), we would spread some Vicks in the stallions' nostrils. It made for a much calmer ride!
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Hope things continue to go well with all of you! I don't know if this would work for dogs... But when I was showing horses, pulling a 6-horse trailer, and we happened to have a mare in heat (they come in heat every month!), we would spread some Vicks in the stallions' nostrils. It made for a much calmer ride!
This is a great idea. I don't know why I have never thought of it.
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Hope things continue to go well with all of you! I don't know if this would work for dogs... But when I was showing horses, pulling a 6-horse trailer, and we happened to have a mare in heat (they come in heat every month!), we would spread some Vicks in the stallions' nostrils. It made for a much calmer ride!

Would it be ok for him to lick it off his own nose? It doesn't seem like something I'd want to put in my mouth, just want to be sure it's safe.

Made it to Arizona via New Mexico!

Cross-Country Drive with Intact Male and Female in Heat-imageuploadedbypg-free1395119822.616929.jpg

At Petrified Forest park.

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Would it be ok for him to lick it off his own nose? It doesn't seem like something I'd want to put in my mouth, just want to be sure it's safe.

Made it to Arizona via New Mexico!

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I'm not sure... With the stallions we would use just enough inside the nostrils to make sure the odor would mask other scents, no gobs of the stuff, just a thin coating. I don't think I would want enough on a dog's nose where he could lick it off. Perhaps a bit on a Q-tip rubbed inside the edges of each nostril? This is why I stated that I wasn't sure it would work for dogs. I know you're not supposed to ingest Vicks, but I know people who did, whenever they had a bad cold. My guess is a thin coating just inside a dog's nostrils shouldn't hurt him, and it certainly doesn't cause any permanent damage. I was tempted to try it recently when my Jade came in heat, and Orick, who was neutered just months ago, was way too attentive toward her, but it was not that big an issue.
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