Riley, our daughter’s Boston Terrier has lived with us on and off for many years. When my daughter and her husband lived overseas for two years Riley came to Vermont. When my daughter and her family moved to the west coast, Riley came to live with us. This fall we planned an adventure, we decided to drive across the US with Riley.
Before getting started I read up on people’s recommendations for traveling long distances with a dog. Riley actually loves driving in the car and is content to sit quietly in her bed while traveling. However since we were going to be in the car for such a long time we decided to purchase a “seat belt” for her. We found one called the Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Harness from Kurgo , which comes with an adjustable harness. With it Riley can lie down, stand up and turn around. More important it will keep her safe.
Traveling such a long distance we decided to carry plenty of food for Riley, both canned and dry. She is very particular about her food and we ddin’t want to be searching for her special brand of food while on the road. We also had a small cooler to keep her canned food chilled. We also carried two small bowls, it was important that she have access to water and food during the trip!
In addition to Riley’s bed we also packed several of Riley’s blankets. Riley loves to make her bed by dragging her blankets in place. We packed a small dog crate just in case. Riley’s bed fits into the crate and if we need to we could close the door and know that she couldn’t get into any trouble. We haven’t had to use the crate yet, but it’s nice to have just in case!
Before we left I will looked for dog friendly hotels along our route. We’ve been lucky so far as we’ve stayed with my cousin who graciously allowed Riley to stay inside too and I’ve found that it’s actually very easy to find pet friendly hotels. The next part of our journey will be traveling from Keystone, South Dakota to Portland, Oregon. It will be interesting to see where we stay during that part of our travels.
Eating out may be a problem, as dogs are not allowed into restaurants. As I mentioned we will have a cooler so I usually make our lunches on the road. Here in Keystone Riley has adapted to her life living in a hotel suite. Her home away from home!
Riley is current on all her vaccinations and medicines. Traveling across the country has been a grand adventure and having Riley with us only adds to the experience!