I was in Charleston, South Carolina for 2 weeks without my dogs and had a great time.
Zack and Zoe stayed at a local pet boarding facility and they had a great time, too, playing and napping all day with their fellow boarding dog-camp buddies.
It is possible for the dogs and I to have a fun-filled vacation together?
- I adore road tripping with my dogs.
- I enjoy travel activities that aren’t always dog friendly.
Can I have it all?
Or, do I need to abandon all consideration of non-dog-friendly activities when I take Zack and Zoe on a road trip?
In South Carolina, I pined for my puppies back in Washington State. But, I doubt they would have been welcome on the horse-drawn carriage ride …
… or played well with the plantation residents …
Also, the city walking tour would have been no fun for dogs and the excellent restaurants we chose wouldn’t have allowed them. I know the dogs would have balked at taking that kayak trip.
In other words: most of the Charleston vacation would have been impossible with dogs.
Can We Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?
I travel solo with Zack and Zoe dogs, so I have to pass on some activities I’d otherwise be interested in (such as boating and biking, visiting artisan shops, taking tours …) Which is perfectly fine, I’m not complaining. I adore dog trips when I get to totally immerse myself in each moment with my puppies.
Yet, I sit here trying to imagine a longer, cross-country dog road trip. I picture simple chores like laundry, grocery shopping and car maintenance being a hassle.
Maybe if I had an RV it would change the scenario completely. But, quite frankly, I suspect even then I’d appreciate a little me-time (even just to eat a slow meal at a restaurant or have a nice long swim.)
On the Road Doggie Day Care?
Since Zack and Zoe love visiting our pet boarder, (seriously, if you’re ever on the Olympic Peninsula in NW Washington … check out the Dungeness Ranch Pet Resort), I have to believe there are other perfectly wonderful pet boarders, doggie daycares and dog sitters out there, all across the country. Right?
Yet, I have no intention of stashing my dogs with just anyone. We’ve had a few unsavory experiences with pet boarders and doggie daycares over the years so I’ve become very discerning about dog care.
I also wonder if it would be too stressful to visit unfamiliar pet care facilities while traveling, regardless of quality of care? Or if the dogs would simply have a great time romping with other dogs for an afternoon, getting away from the car and leashed walks.
I’m going to have to think about this some more.
Do you use dog care facilities while traveling with your dog?