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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Five Pees of Travel - Pee 1 - Planning

We are soooooo ready for the B.A.R. to be here!!!

 Mama was ready to just hop in the car and GO, but we are making sure before we go anywhere, Mama is ready and doesn't forget anything (like our cookies!).

Arty and I wanted to make sure Mama had some basic guidelines to follow for our road trip.
After we thought of the 5 Pees, we decided to share them with you,  so you could help your humans get ready too!!

 Today, we are starting with the first Pee, Planning! Since we are driving from the west coast, we knew we better start planning SOON. We sat Mama down last weekend and started our planning! 

 The first thing we did was Plan Our Route!
 You want to make sure your humans get plenty of rest stops and potty breaks, so we usually plan no more than 6 - 8 hours of driving time a day!  

The easiest way we found to do this was by looking at a map (we went to Mapquest) and asking for directions to a town we thought was between 6 and 8 hours away (Mapquest will let you know the exact drive time). This also can help you estimate how long your total trip will be! Since we are traveling from Northy North California, and staying at the B.A.R. for the weekend, this will be a 14 1/2 day road trip for us, PAWSOMESAUCE!!

 After traveling 6 - 8 hours each day we knew we would need a nice comfy place to rest our furry heads for the evening. We needed to find a hotel and made sure they allowed both furry heads and human heads! Our pawrents are big LaQuinta fans; all but one LQ they visited allowed us to stay with them, plus they were so very understanding when Mama brought us all up here to Northy North California from Texas!  We also like that it doesn't cost lots and lots of green papers to stay there (so we can stop at pet stores along the way for special treats!!)  PLUS, they have a great reward program that will earn us free nights for future road trips!

If you don't like LaQuinta, or if there isn't an LQ where you are stopping for the night, we hear Red Roof Inns are also very pet and human friendly!! Nowadays, there are many pet friendly hotels around for you to choose. No matter which hotel you pick, we always advise calling ahead to make sure they don't have a weight limit or a limit on the number of doggies that can stay in one room with you! At all of the LQ's we are staying, pups stay for free, but always check wherever you stay to see if there is a pet charge or deposit required!

 We all know how many times humans have to go potty, plus I do love to stretch my pawsies a lot during long car rides, so it is always important to make sure there are rest stops along your route!
We searched and found a couple of websites where you can make sure they have lots of rest areas along the route you are taking. They are noted below with other helpful travel links!

 We also know how cranky our peeps get if they don't eat! 
Nowadays there are bunches of different options for humans, so they should be able to fend for themselves (I especially prefer drive thrus which serve french fries or puppachinos for sharing!)
But here is a tip for us pups. Last year, while I was with Mama on our road trip, I was a bit hesitant eating just my kibble. I found a tablespoon or so of delicious wet food helped the kibble go down much easier! I also find that having big bottles of water from the store (or filled up at home) were great for sipping at rest stops!!

We hope this will help you a bit with your planning!
 If you have a question we didn't answer, please ask in the comments and we will be sure to get back to you!! 
We will see you on February 16th for our next Pee of Travel, 
Preparing for your trip!

 Helpful Planning Links to have for Planning your Trip!
Planning Your Route
Rest Areas

General Tips and Planning

Our Favorite Pet Friendly Hotels

Find other Pet Friendly Hotels


  1. We like stayin at LQs too. And yeah, da places wif da Frenchy fries are da best.

    1. Have you tried Puppachinos at those green lady drive thrus?? Make your Mama get you one of those next time you are travellin'! NOM!!

  2. Hari OM
    I was thinking about my own planning too, Dory... which is a bit different it has to be said! It's time to start getting REALLY excited... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. We have started the planning. Our issue is we are having a really hard time securing an RV rental that will let us bring dogs . . . we think we found one 5 hours away (but on our way). When we come back from vacation in February we will have to get serious about this.

    1. We are soooooo hoping eveything falls into place!! We can't wait to meet you all!!!

  4. Maddie has been to a La Quinta before! Now she stays at Starwood properties. They love pets there too!

    1. We love Starwood Properties too and didn't know they were pet friendly. We'll make sure to check into them on our next road trip!!

  5. 142 more days.... and we will all be at the BAR !!!

    Now we love Each and Every one of these travel tips, Dory...
    BUTT you might be a bit DELICATE fur Mentioning THIS one... since you are a LADY and all.... BUTT Us Manley MEN don't mind sayin it ONE BIT.... WE plan to Fire off our POOP SHOOTERS and we need to REMIND FOLKS..... BRING PLENTY OF POOP BAGS... You all KNOW how your peeps LOVE to Collect our POOPS... fur WhatEVER reason... which we can't EVEN Imagine..
    Rembember, it is NICE to SHARE .... with those who don't have... and we are talkin BAGS not the Poops...

    1. BOL!! Our Mama has a CASE of poop bags she just keeps in the Traveling Rogue!! We will make sure to cover them during the Packing Pee and the Proper Road Manners Pee for sure!!!

  6. Wonderful information! We will have to make sure everybody sees this post!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. should open your own travel agency. Those are great tips and actually I think Dad can adjust them so as they work for Mom. She for sure gets cranky when she is hungry and her theory is when you see a welcome center stop. You never know how long before the next one.
    Great job
    Hugs madi your bfff

    1. Our Mama can be the SAME WAY with Welcome Centers!!! Sometimes I think we spend more time at rest areas than we do driving!!!

  8. Great PSA for all those traveling anywhere. If your route takes you through the KC area, we would love to meet up for a cuppa.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  9. Crikey ..... I'm so jealous. I soooooooo want to come and meet all you blokes and sheilas. I can't wait to read all about it in your posts. I travel here in Australia a lot. Mum always takes my very own bed and blankies so that might be something you should pack. Fair dinkum ..... I'm GREEN with envy!!!!!!!!

    1. We wish you could make it too, Charlie!!! We will be posting lots of pictures!

  10. I can use these tips, thank you!

  11. We use these tips all the time when we go on trips,great job,xx Speedy