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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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Pinky PoinkerSeptember 22, 2014
Scotto and I are taking our two little fur babies on a road trip and staying at my parent’s weekender at Mt Tambourine in the Christmas holidays. Thanks for the reminder about car restraints. I was hoping you’d write a post about this :)
kathymarrisSeptember 22, 2014
I must say that we were entering into the unknown when we embarked on our trip with our dog. However it turned out a lot better than we anticipated. Your fur babies will love Mt Tambourine – lot’s of new smells and surroundings!
travellingbagSeptember 22, 2014
My brother and sister-in-law have just returned from a 7 month caravan trip around Australia. They took Bob the dog with them and I’ve a feeling he had just as much fun as they did.
By the way Kathy – if you have a look at my latest blog post I’ve nominated you to tell us your Top 5 destinations. Would be great if you could join in. Pam :-)
KathySeptember 22, 2014
Pam, I really believe our dog had the time of her life. Thanks for the nomination – I don’t know whether I can limit it to five destinations! :)
Rae HilhorstSeptember 22, 2014
Your dog is beautiful and part of the family so of course he gets to go to. He did a good job on Instagram as well x
KathySeptember 22, 2014
Jada was such a talented Instagrammer. I don’t know how she did it! Seriously though, she had the most wonderful time and we would not have changed a thing.
JohannaSeptember 22, 2014
Love that you took Jada, and some great tips for others wanting to travel with their pooches too. I’ve often wondered if we get another dog, how much it would constrain us. So thanks for the pros and cons.
KathySeptember 23, 2014
She is a gorgeous dog and she really was no trouble. I’m glad you got something out of this post :)
Lee-AnneSeptember 24, 2014
Lovely Kathy.I adore labs!! We have 2 pooches and would love to take them but alas, I like minimum 4 star hotels LOL ;)
KathySeptember 24, 2014
Next thing Lee-Anne 4-star hotels will be accommodating doggies. I can see a market it for it already!