Traveling with Fido
Updated: Mar 22
The year 2020 has probably seemed like a vacation to most pets with having their human parents around ALL THE TIME. Separating from our furry friends for a vacation when the time comes maybe even harder to do in the future than it was pre-pandemic days. Here is a great article from Smarter Travel on things to keep in mind when considering taking Fido with you. Some other helpful info:
Find emergency vet services where you will be traveling before you go. Consider a paper backup in case your phone has lost its charge and carry a copy of your pet's vaccination records as well.
Check out BringFido and download their app to find nearby lodging, activities, and services.
Choice-family Hotels, Drury Hotels, and Residence Inns are all lodging options that accept pets (dependent on state permit regulations).
For those traveling by car, Service Plazas, truck stops, and various gas station chains (Love's is one of them) offer dog parks along the way.
A personal story: On the day I was to drive three hours to pick up our new puppy from the breeder, there was a terrible snowstorm brewing between Minnesota and Iowa. Not wanting to disappoint my young kids, the breeder and I agreed to put 10-week-old Cooper on a quick flight to his new home. I am convinced that my pooch was forever-scarred by the experience. Too big to fly in the main cabin now, Cooper will soon be going on his first out-of-state road-trip to Florida. Be sure to check back for tips and tricks from our experience in the next few months.