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Old 01-20-2011, 05:00 PM   #29
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With a 34' and 7 dogs - schnauzers - from a +110# Giant Schnauzer to a 10# toy - and they all go - and love the AS. They've 'kamped' since they were puppies. To them the trailer is 'home' - and can be anywhere. We do try to park a little away from areas where there are a lot of small humans - schnauzers always think they're being left out of the 'game' - and - we are vigilant about cleaning up after them and making sure they behave.

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:15 PM   #30
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We are new to traveling with pooches...so far we have only traveled with one. We either take her with us if we were going to be gone for more than an hour or two, but have left her behind in the trailer in her kennel if it was just a quick run to the store or something. We use a kennel sometimes at home, so she is used to it and as long as it's only for a couple of hours and the temperature cooperates, that'll work fine. Most friends we travel with also have dogs...so we're all in the same boat...sometimes somebody stays back and keeps an eye on them all, but usually we just bring them with us. They all get along great.

Now with two, we'll probably have to take both of their kennels and do the same. If we do plan on sightseeing in a place that doesn't allow dogs or if we are by ourselves, I sure hope they have a doggie day care nearby...they go to a doggie day care here at home (best money spent all week!) at least once a week, so I'm sure it would be just as enjoyable for them to do so while on the road...and we'll all sleep good those nights!

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:24 PM   #31
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It's possible with searching the net I might be able to find a place with good reviews I could feel confident in, but I'm very wary about who I let take care of my pets. Years ago I unwittingly left my pup with a boarding place who's standards of care were well below what I expected, and I was horrified to see how they had taken care of her when I came to pick her up. I kicked myself over that for years. Luckily there has been a lot of growth in really good dog facilities the last few years, so I hope we could find something.

I can certainly understand that. I can't bear the idea of boarding my 'kids' with anyone who I don't know. Hell, I won't even let my parents look after them!
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:06 PM   #32
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.... well ..... I didn't say the theory was ironclad! .... but it does seem to happen often enough that we always get a heck of a chuckle when a Chihuahua comes out of a 45 foot coach .... (no disrespect to Chihuahua's or their fine owners!) .... but check it out ..... it happens more often than not!


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So true. Though whippets and greyhounds are my favorite breed, I have been considering a new sight-hounds: Borzoi or Scottish Deerhound. Regardless, my next dog will be from the pound - or possibly rescue (as in greyhound rescue). Two big ones would be fun in the Overlander. Thankfully, I am happy to give my pups the side bed and then collapse on the front couch myself. (sometimes I'm too lazy to pull the front gauch out to the bed).

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Old 01-21-2011, 02:14 PM   #33
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With this discussion of the size of dog vs. the size of coach I guess our 28' Moho is somewhere in the middle size wise while our dog, a Great Dane, is on the large side. The only furniture he is allowed on is the gaucho and that is where he rides and sleeps. The only problem he has is when he ventures toward the rear of the coach he does have have to work a bit getting turned around between the beds to get back up front. He has to bend and scrunch up a bit but he does make it around. My concern is as he gets older will he be able to flex enough to make the turn.

We did have another Dane many years ago the got wedged in a couple of tight spots. Fortunately I was able to reach his tail and pull him out back wards. It took him two tries before he learned not to go in there.

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Old 01-22-2011, 09:01 AM   #34
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All said. If your dog is well trained and behaved you can take them everywhere! If I leave my dogs at home we have a great kennel. Webcams are on them . We can see the daily activity. Mealtimes, walks, cleaning their space. My dogs are happy there and it gives you great peace of mind. I always prefer taking them with me but I am so glad I have a good option .
However..... be prepared for things to happen on the road. In Oct. we took our dogs from Dallas to Niagara Falls , Canada. The first day there our airedale had emergency surgery. He ate something. $2000. later . It was a good thing we were in the AS. He felt safe and thinks he is home.
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Better to be with you and have an emergency than have someone trying to find you.... at least that's what I think. My dogs think that the crates going into the truck is a great thing. Then again when we get there... the Great Dane sleeps at least 16 out of every 24 hours... and the heeler is too lame/old to care.
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.... well ..... I didn't say the theory was ironclad! .... but it does seem to happen often enough that we always get a heck of a chuckle when a Chihuahua comes out of a 45 foot coach .... (no disrespect to Chihuahua's or their fine owners!) .... but check it out ..... it happens more often than not!


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Just can't resist a response to this! Nowhere near 45' coach, but my 5 rather small Chihuahuas are going to have a pretty good sized "dog hotel" in "their" new/old 31' AS.

Last year, someone suggested skipping the "tent" for shade at trials and going straight to a van....skipped the tent, skipped the van and went to an Airstream. Yippee!
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Just can't resist a response to this! Nowhere near 45' coach, but my 5 rather small Chihuahuas are going to have a pretty good sized "dog hotel" in "their" new/old 31' AS.

Last year, someone suggested skipping the "tent" for shade at trials and going straight to a van....skipped the tent, skipped the van and went to an Airstream. Yippee!
Well, you realize we're going to need to see pictures!
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It's possible with searching the net I might be able to find a place with good reviews I could feel confident in, but I'm very wary about who I let take care of my pets. Years ago I unwittingly left my pup with a boarding place who's standards of care were well below what I expected, and I was horrified to see how they had taken care of her when I came to pick her up. I kicked myself over that for years. Luckily there has been a lot of growth in really good dog facilities the last few years, so I hope we could find something.
If you can find one, try a Petsmart Pet hotel. Their facilities are very secure, locked doors going into all the different areas and they all communicate by walkie talkie when a door is going to be opened so they secure all the pups.

I was very nervous leaving my little boy (yorkie) as he had only ever stayed with"grandma" if he couldn't go with us. While in TX last year (3 months), we ended up going to Las Vegas w/o the tailer and stayed in a pet friendly hotel but you can't leave then in the room unattended so I reluctently found Petsmart Hotel and left him there overnight while we went to the strip. I couldn't wait to pick him up first thing the next day, 7am! But, he did very well and got a happy face on his report card! I would use them again in a pinch.
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Campbowwow if you can find it one. We take both our dogs there and they love it.
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