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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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We met our New Puppy!!!! Travel Advice!!

We went up to NJ this weekend to see our Puppy! OMG the were so adorable! They were right around 5 weeks old, so stinking cute. I was basically on the floor with them and was just one giant teething ring lol! So we are headed back up in early May when they are 8 weeks to pick up our boy. We are flying to NJ, renting a car and driving him home.

Thoughts on what supplies we will need... Clearly collar, leash, food, water.... The breeder is going to send us home with a frozen marrow bone to occupy him and based on my past experiences, definitely towels in case of car sickness. Any thoughts on what else do we need? There are 2 of us so one will be with him while the other drives. We are going to try to get down as quickly as possible - I just have no desire to put him on a plane and she said she could have gotten him to Atlanta with one of her handlers but we both felt having that bonding time with us is super important.

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Congrats!! What litter if you don't mind sharing? I'm in NJ.

The puppy will only need the basics of what you listed. He will most likely sleep a lot. Do you have a crate for travel? NJ nails you with a 500 dollar ticket for an unrestrained animal in the car even if he is on your lap. A few other stated have similar laws. He may like the security of a crate too.

The only other thing I would add to your list is chucks or wee wee pads. Since you're traveling the pup will have to relive himself outside in public places and there could be a risk of parvo. I don't mean to scare you but our fox and coyotes here have been dropping parvo positive stool. Don't put him down in any pet stores, lowes, pets welcome places or anything like that along the way. I'd just put a wee pad down in the grass where you want him to go and do a quick ground check for obvious stool.

I have an 8 week old pup flying in from Houston this week. I didn't road trip to get him because I didn't want to put him down to pee outside at like 2 different hotels and grassy areas along the way for 2.5 days. But, Florida is a straighter shot.

Good luck and post pictures when you get him!
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Also I apologize if you knew all that about parvo. It seems you have a few dogs I suppose it is good info to put out there anyway for anyone reading who may be getting their first
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I actually did think about that!!!! and now its on the list

Was thinking about picking up a small crate on our way to pick him up and then donate it once we get home. I didn't realize that about NJ - I've only been in Florida for a year - and drove around with my dogs ALL the time in the back seat

We are getting him from Karin Wagner - Alkarah. Sasha is from there. She's been such a fabulous dog we just had to do it again! He's a Wolfie/Ruby son. We *think* we know which is him - she has a specific "type" in mind but the boy who was climbing all over us and chewing us just may be the one!
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and actually... since its been 11 + years since my last puppy.... Collar recommendations?

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and actually... since its been 11 + years since my last puppy.... Collar recommendations?
If you're planning to stop along the way (not sure how long a trip this is), you want something he can't slip out of, either a martingale or a harness. For his regular collar, an inexpensive nylon one would be the most practical since he'll be outgrowing it soon.
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17 hours... there will be stops!!!
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I admit I was paranoid about parvo but I couldn't find a small box of puppy pads anyway. The box I found on Amazon was like 60 pads or something. Before the trip I used duct tape on the backside to make larger pads that were 2 x 2 normal pads in size. As it turns out my little guy decided to poop and pee in between places I could stop on the interstate. He didn't wait for me (obviously) so he just did it in his crate. Not ideal but we dealt with it.

The parvo risk is real though. Two different vets gave me the advice of "just put him in the crate and drive straight home". I only had a 9 hour drive but still. When I asked for alternatives, one vet said if I really had to take him out "just drive into a farm field with no livestock". That seemed a little extreme but when a vet tells you to drive your car offroad and into someone's property ... well, that seemed serious to me.
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I second the notion of a crate. Could be a life-saver in more ways than one. I also recommend lining it with the pee pads, both to catch an accident as well as to catch the likely puke. I put towels in my crate when I brought my pup home (we had a 6 hour drive) and when she threw up within the first half-hour of that drive....hooooo boy, the smell! Would have been nice to just chuck some pee pads into the trash with that mess.

I got a name tag with my phone number and put it on an inexpensive nylon collar. I also got a harness for her because I was paranoid about her slipping the collar if she got scared during a stop. She outgrew the harness within the first couple of days of coming home, so don't spend too much money on that.

Ack....late for an appointment, so I've gotta dash! Good luck!!
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The parvo risk is real though. Two different vets gave me the advice of "just put him in the crate and drive straight home". I only had a 9 hour drive but still. When I asked for alternatives, one vet said if I really had to take him out "just drive into a farm field with no livestock". That seemed a little extreme but when a vet tells you to drive your car offroad and into someone's property ... well, that seemed serious to me.
Yeah, my vet was pretty adamant too. She said you can fix an accident on a pee pad in a crate much easier than parvo. When I was reading up on the frequency or parvo infection in fox, I just had to stop reading. They have been in my yard before. But, you can't live in a bubble. You can just stack the deck in your favor and bit your nails for another 8 weeks. I also had a completely unfounded raccoon roundworm scare with my first born (I read about and she had some variety of animal poo in her mouth the day before at the park). And of course a brain eating amoeba scare here and there. Only with the first though lol By the third you reason that goose poop is good for their immune system. (it's not, it's filthy).

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