Insta-Q&A: Planes, Trains and Great Danes
Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's in the process of planning a cross-country driving trip. In fact, whether or not this Maryland family travels to the Badlands and Wyoming and Colorado and Missouri this summer . . . may well depend on you. You see, they're interested in taking this trip with their dog, wondering how feasible that might be (hotel-wise, car-wise, etc.), and curious about great places to stop along the way. Dog lovers who speak from experience (not to mention cross-country driving trip lovers) are urged to post some advice for Judy of Bowie. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She writes: "My son and I are planning a road trip from Bowie, MD through the Badlands of South Dakota, across Wyoming through Yellowstone and then down to Jackson Hole, WY and back through Colorado and Missouri. We will be in a Suburban. My question is, How wise is it for us to be planning on taking our fairly large dog (husky mix) with us? How difficult will it be for us to find hotels and motels? Our dog is always on a leash and very friendly."
One Web site that could be of great use here is Pets Welcome. There you'll be able to take advantage of the smarts of lots of travel-happy pet lovers, many of whom have first-hand experience with hotels that claim to welcome pets. You'll also be able to post questions about specific locales.
Among the most interesting aspects of the site is a section devoted to general information on traveling with animals. There you'll hear views on such topics as the wisdom of giving cats sedatives on a plane, the best ways to travel by train or RV, even warnings against buying pet toys made in China.
Equally comprehensive is a site called Pets on the Go. Membership costs $15 a year, but gives you access to the site's reviews of pet-friendly hotels. Elsewhere on the site, you'll read about the 22-carat gold-plated ID tags available at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South in Manhattan, eucalyptus flea sprays for spa-loving pooches and loads of etiquette tips to help your pet avoid "faux paws."
Of course, all the information in the world can't substitute for the first-hand experience of a fellow traveler, which brings us back to you. Have you taken a cross-country trip with an animal? How'd it work out?
By Scott Vogel |
April 9, 2008; 12:06 PM ET
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