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Old 05-04-2005, 09:10 PM   #29
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That's "Dog-Gone" funny ...actually, mine's been buried for a few years, doesn't eat or poop much anymore !!

Originally Posted by smily
In the "dog house" of course.........
especially when he is "dog" gone tired

When we used to tent camp, he stayed in the "doggy bag"

Only problem with the doggy bag, it would get twisted and contorted and often be in the shape of a "dog leg" but there was always a fair way to the hole (in the tent).

try to keep the noise down............

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Old 05-05-2005, 06:11 AM   #30
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Wooferman ended up being a 20 lb. dog and fits comfortably in the 19' Bambi. His favorite place to sleep is on the fluffy round throw rug in the center of the room. He adjusted immediately to being in the Bambi. I think he's just happy anytime we're all three together. Whenever he thinks we're leaving without him he lays down on his back, lifts his hind leg as if asking for a belly rub, curls up into a fetal position and looks at you with those big eyes (this has always been his way of saying O.K. now pick me up and take me with you).

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Old 05-05-2005, 01:17 PM   #31
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"We took our dalmation, Spot for his first camp out in our motorhome. He spent several restless hours before eventually settling down on my driver's seat. He had to move aside a pillow to clear a space for himself but he managed to get comfortable. Now, on every trip that is his space whether we are sleeping or just stopping for a rest. I get up and he takes over."

Those Dalmations, they always want to be in control!

My dogs love to go camping. My 40 pounder will wait for you to get out of bed during the night, they she takes your place. She will scoot over and share the bed with you though!
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Old 05-05-2005, 03:13 PM   #32
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Just had to update!

For any who are worried about big dogs on a trip don't - they have a great time as long as they are with you!

Grant it we were really really tight for sleeping quarters - there was always plenty of room for the girls.

Haily liked the floor because it was cool - but did share the curb side dinette seat with Taz.

We got into a routine - at the end of the day we would move the "billions" of MoonBeam cushions and place the dog blankets up for them - this kept them from under foot while we were in the Galley - when it was time for dinner we either squeezed in around them or one would go on the floor or jump on our bed in the back.

The daytime - we were outside the whole time - lots of walks and runs in the open fields - and even got in a quick swim in the ocean.

As for the car - well the picture says it all - these two are now seasoned travelers with their first big trip in excess of 3000 miles - they did great!
We did not have a lot of stuff in the car so we had the seats all the way down - and they snuggled in their Wal-mart kiddie bed that folds out. Haily likes to lie up the middle but in this shot she must have been tired and went in the back with Taz.

Although we had their harnesses we did not use them - they were always quiet and still in the car. They did however have to get use to wearing their collars 24/7 - something they never wear at home unless we go in the car.

All in all they had a great time and although our vacation was altered to take them with us - it was somewhat restricting for sight seeing - but as long as our days for going out were cloudy or rainy we were fine.

They loved the car so much that many times we had the windows all open and they would sit in the car with us on the trailer patio entertaining.
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Old 10-29-2005, 11:28 AM   #33
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There is a website I believe called that lists beaches and parks that are dog friendly. Florida is not a friendly state as far as dogs go. South Carolina and Georgia dogs are allowed on the beach and I believe they can run off leash.

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Well plans have changed since we wrote this - guess who is coming on vacation with us!!!

Going for three weeks - and it is a bit much for our parents now to look after the girls for that long - We are lucky that they come to our place for an overnight!!! (So sad to see age creep up in just a year!)

Kennels are OUT! Too expensive and we have not found one that we trust. Besides no matter how good they are Taz would be beside herself with us gone that long - was even worried about leaving her with Mom and Dad.

So our whole vacation approach has now changed - the kayaks are being left at home, along with the golf clubs (okay maybe we will put in a combo set- just in case we find a Dog Sitter Service down in Florida somewhere near Sarasota).

We will be stocking up on the tennis balls, bones and frisbees instead - make room for the dog food and linens will change to the dog throws - invest in a good mini vacuum and nice smellies

So now we are on the hunt for Dog Friendly beaches and parks - where we can let the girls off lead for about 1/2 hour a day or so or somewhere they can swim to get their exercise in.

We have no idea where to go at this point after the Florida Rally - but figure we will try and find a few places close to Dog Friendly areas - so I guess you can call this a Pouch Vacation - what a better kind - not into all those "tourisity" things anyway (not yet at least) Just want some R&R and some fun places to take the dogs for walks and enjoy the nature (where they won't get eaten by Gators!)

Any and all ideas would be very much appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2005, 12:40 PM   #34
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Hmmmm. Most anyplace they want!

Yup, our two are spoiled.
I generally travel with crates for them, but most of the time do not use them in the TT (Tin Tent) because of size... ours are 48l X 30W X 36H. Do set them outside however!
We have a 31 footer with rear full bed. Along the back wall I stack 10 gallon totes and top with folded blanket with a dog bed tossed on top. Another dog bed goes in the hall. Both standard poodles like to sleep with us in the Airstream, but not at home! Go figure! Calla stays all night, but some nights, Trooper gets up and moves to the hall.
During the day if we're gone, they love to lay on the sofa with chins on the sofa back and gaze out the wrap around windows! Calla is our main culprit... she uses her muzzle to open the drapes if I haven't done that before we leave. Sigh. Consequently, we have wonderful nose art on those windows!
Traveling with the dogs does take some forethought, and some planning, but mostly, investigating where they are welcome, and where they aren't!

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Old 10-29-2005, 02:40 PM   #35
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Hi Mtour

Yes that is a great site - we found it when we got home from our trip last winter.

I hear a lot of people say that Florida is not dog friendly - but and was told by fellow Ontario Unit members that you CAN NOT take your dogs on ANY beach in Florida.

We had stayed inland most of the time because of this comment. But decided to take a trip to Sanibal Island - made sure it was a cloudy day just in case the girls had to stay in the car.

Well much to our surprise!!! The sign said keep dogs on leash and stoop and scoup - NO WHERE did it say dogs were not allowed on the beach.

Every park we stayed at there always seemed to be a nice place off in the back to let the girls stretch their legs - with no rules telling us NO. During our travels there seemed to be more dogs than there were kids - every other trailer owner had a dog or two - and even cats on a leash.

Moral to this story - always do your own research and not everything people tell you is true.

Paradise Park where we stayed for 9 days - had a great big field for the girls - a couple of runs a day and they were happy as larks - we just had to watch the ditch in the far side - "Alligators" - They got in there once - it was a very hot day there way of saying we want a swim.

Cedars is absolutely right investigate and do a bit of planning.

We anticipate situations that are not the greatest for the girls - and well we will sacrifice our own pleasures to avoid a scene with the dogs. Cause it is just not worth it - so if we walk our dogs close to a trailer - where someones dog gets really excited and does it a second time - we sort of clue in that they can smell each other and for whatever reason they are a bit scared of each other - whether they are on a leash or confined to the trailer - so it is not that hard to pick a different route and avoid stressing both parties!! But hmmmm there are lots of people out there that just keep coming around with their dogs and the "scene" just goes right over their heads

We are looking forward to our trip again this year - no dates yet - but we have 4 weeks this time around and we may take a paddle boat with us - to enjoy the water more and the girls love it too! It is big enough for all four of us and a picnic basket too.

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