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Let me introduce you to my dog ‘Jada’, she is a ten year old Labrador with the most gorgeous personality. Recently we took Jada along on our ‘adventure of a lifetime’ on our six month tour circumnavigating Australia by caravan. We were a little apprehensive about taking her with us initially, but as it turned out we are glad that we did. The three of us had a wonderful time together.
So for those thinking about travelling with their furry friends, here is the lowdown on the pros and cons. There is also a great website that is dedicated to dog friendly travel around the world.
First of all you need think about how you are going to transport your dog. There are a couple of options:
In our case we got a canopy fitted to our 4WD ute, because our dog is large and sheds copious amounts of hair which we didn’t want to clean up every day. With the enclosed canopy we could just sweep the hair out of the back on a regular basis. When we were travelling we opened both side windows for ventilation, but we have heard of people having air conditioning in the canopies of their utes. As we were travelling during Autumn and Winter the heat was not a concern for us.
Also the canopy was used as a kennel and where our dog slept most nights on her dog mattress. She was more than happy to jump into her bed each night. When we were driving long distances we stopped every hour to let Jada out to have a run around and go to the toilet, replenishing her with water as well.
The biggest advantage of having your dog with you is pure and simply the great companionship that they provide and they tend to get you up and about exercising every day. We did so many long walks and hikes with our dog which we enjoyed immensely. Needless to say, she also enjoyed this!
So my advice is definitely take your dog with you on your trip, but before you do plan ahead so that you won’t be disappointed. There is a great book available called “Holidaying with Dogs”, which I found useful and the Wikicamps App also advises whether a campground is ‘dog friendly’ or not. Happy travels!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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