Hello friends! I am so sorry it has been a long time since my last blog! I will get you up to speed on our latest adventures and give you some latest tips we learned along the way.
We are finally settled in our new house! Our road trip began on May 23rd in Pennsylvania and we drove for 7 straight days to end in California! From there we stayed in hotels until we could move into our house on June 18th. The moving company finally dropped off all of our stuff on June 28th. What a long trip!! Our caravan consisted of my boyfriend, Paul, our dog, Riley, and me. Riley loves going in the car so we weren’t worried about him getting car sick, but 7 days is a long time to sit around in the car! We weren’t sure if he would get sick of it after a while. I’ll get more into that in a little bit!
As you may know, long road trips require a good amount of planning especially when you are bringing your dog for the ride. We wanted to make sure Riley was as comfortable and safe as he could be. Basically we made the entire back seat of our car a Riley room. I made him his own back seat hammock so that he could lounge in safety (pictured below). He had his bed back there as well. Here are all of the essentials:
Most of these things are straightforward. We like to bring Riley’s sling in case he gets tired when we go on hikes. The crate and bark collar are important especially if you plan on staying in hotels. I didn’t bring any of the honorable mentions listed but I wish that I had. We didn’t have anything that we packed in the moving truck for over a month. Riley’s nails got long! Also the furry guy got quite dirty from all of the hiking! I wish that we could have given him a proper bath. The brush may have kept our car from becoming a fluff ball of fur.
When planning pit stops and sightseeing, make sure that dogs are allowed! Dogs are allowed on parts of the Grand Canyon, but they are not allowed at Mount Rushmore. Plan accordingly so you don’t run into issues.
We spent on average 6-8 hours driving each day and Riley thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. He got to be close to his parents and be in the car all day; his two favorite things! We made sure to stop every few hours for potty breaks and food. We also went on hikes when we could to stretch our legs. Having our Business Bag with us everywhere we went made picking up poo a no-brainer. It makes me feel like such a responsible dog owner.
I thought staying in hotels might be difficult with Riley but we didn’t run into any problems. We just made sure to find hotels that allow dogs. There are actually more out there than I thought. Some charge an extra fee per night, some charge a refundable deposit, and some don’t charge at all for fur friends! Make sure to read the fine print about your hotels dog policy! Some places require that you put your dog in their crate if you leave the room. I would recommend putting your “do not disturb” sign on your dog as well so that the cleaning crew don’t have to work around your dog. That could be stressful for everyone involved. One hotel’s policy said that we couldn’t leave our dog in the hotel alone even if he was crated. This was a little annoying as we would have to take turns getting our free breakfast so that one person could stay with Rye in the room. Most hotels were kind enough to put us on the first floor near a side exit so that we could easily take Rye out to go potty. Remember to use belly bands as well if you think your dog may mark or have an accident! That way you can get your deposit back if you paid one.
Be mindful of the time of year you are going on your trip. The further west we went, the weather got hotter and we ended up eating all of our meals in the car so that Riley wasn’t locked in a hot car. Also, we learned that Riley’s feet get hot in the west! That was one thing we were not prepared for and it limited our ability to hike as far. I have just now bought Riley some boots and I will have to write a separate blog once we’ve learned more about them. I am hoping they will protect my pups feet from the hot ground...as long as he keeps them on his feet and walks normal!
Overall we had a wonderful trip! Riley even helped both Paul and I calm down at times when we got stressed. He is a great companion and I am so glad that we were able to take Riley on our cross country adventure! I hope that these tips will help if you decide to take your doggy on a road trip. Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you have any questions or tell us if you’ve been on a road trip with your dog!
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Good morning everyone! I hope you are doing well today. The weather has been great here in Pennsylvania and we have been taking Riley for some wonderful hikes!
Riley will be turning 9 years old this March. I’ve really gotten to know his personality in that time. I’m not sure when I started talking for Riley, but I think I’, pretty good at expressing whatever Riley is trying to say. I think Riley appreciates it too. I know some of you talk for your dog as well! I have a special voice I use when I talk for him and sometimes he can be very sassy. I thought you might like to hear what Riley has to say and so I wrote down an interview I had with him today. Enjoy!
Good Morning friends! I don’t know about you, but so far this Fall I have been super busy! Paul, Riley, and I attended the Canine Carnival in Syracuse, NY last weekend to represent Coddled Canine and sell some products. We had a blast! It was so cool to meet customers face-to-face, since we sell almost completely online! I am looking forward to opportunities to do more events like that.
Now that we’ve settling back in at home after a busy weekend away, I want to talk about dog parks. When we were searching for housing, we needed something that was dog-friendly. We found our current apartment complex which is very pet friendly and even has a dog park! We thought that was awesome! After living here for a couple months, however, I realized that we tend to keep Riley away from other dogs we encounter. I think it is actually the responsible thing to do. Let me explain more.
Hello and thank you for taking time to read my blog today! I think that today is a good day to tell you the story about our big hike we went on this past Spring. I know I’ve mentioned it in a few of my past blogs and now I will share the highlights of the hike Paul and I took Riley on. Enjoy!
It was the beginning of April when the snow finally melted and Paul and I were itching to get outside and go on an adventure. So we began to plan. We decided to take Riley on an adventure to the Catskills in New York. The trail went up three peaks and then we would turn around at the peak of the third mountain and hike back up the previous two peaks to get home. In total the hike was about 10 miles and five peaks. We knew Riley was pretty well conditioned because we were taking him on regular hikes but we wanted to make sure to keep an eye on him in case he needed to be carried. We packed lots of layers to stay warm, snacks, treats, and water. Now, the scariest part of the trip was going to be the Cornell Crack. There wasn’t much information we could find about it so we decided we would decide how to handle it when we got there. If we couldn’t handle it safely enough, we could just turn around. What is adventure without a little bit of the unknown anyways?!
Abbey is the owner of Coddled Canine and her dog, Riley. Join us on our crazy adventures as we journey through this awesome life together!
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