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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Five Pees of Travel - Pee 4 - Practice

THE B.A.R.!!!!
We are getting SO VERY EXCITED!!! 
Today we are going to talk Pee Five and why you might want to take a Practice Road Trip with your Peeps!!

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, Arty, Mama and I took a practice trip.  Mama said we needed to do this to make sure Arty and I got along for our upcoming trip to the B.A.R. BUT,  we think she also wanted to make sure that she could handle traveling with two adventurous pups!!
To be totally honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to share Mama with Arty, but I decided to give it a try.  I am happy to report that we got along just fine and told Mama it was ok it we brought Arty along!!! Anyway...if you want to read more about our Road Trips you can click HERE for Part One and HERE for Part Two.

Car Travel
Arty and I were both pretty good in the car. By taking a long trip with your peeps, you can tell whether or not they (or you) get carsick.  Mama and Arty did ok but I had a bit of an upset tummy the first day (we need to take twisty turny, uppy downy roads through the mountains). Now,  Mama knows to talk to our V.E.T. about getting me some nausea medication for the days we will be going through the mountains!

Take Time to See the Lighthouses Scenery!
We made sure to stop every two hours or so to stretch our pawsies! We learned that we all get grumpy if we don't stop and take these breaks!  Mama is planning to make one of these stops one where we can take a hike (something about "wearing us out" so we sleep well at night)! But,  we know some pups would rather skip the stops and just get where they are going. Taking a practice drive might help your peeps learn which type of pup (or Crabby) you are!

 Stick to your Routine as Much as Possible
Make sure you keep your Peeps on their regular routine (and they keep you on yours). Keep mealtimes and bedtimes the same time, make sure the peeps bring your regular food and stuff. Mama made the mistake of buying us special "travel foodie bowls". We know she was just trying to be nice, but we were a bit miffed that we didn't have our regular foodie bowls. We are so glad we learned this before we took our long trip!

Hotel Tips
Both Arty and I have both stayed at hotels, so Mama knew kind of what to expect.  Always check with your hotel ahead of time to see what their rules are. Most hotels don't want us pets alone in the hotel room. If the weather is nice and cool, Mama will leave us to guard the car, while she checks in and brings in our luggage. Then she will come get us. If it is hot outside, we will go with Mama to check in, and we will guard the room while she gathers our luggage and brings it to the room. It took Mama the whole road trip with me last year to figure out the best way to manage this!

  We always make sure Mama stops at a food window before we get to the hotel to get some dinner. Then she will just bring it back to the hotel and we eat dinner as a family! 
If we get to the hotel early, Mama and us pups will  nap "decompress" for a bit and then all run out to get Mama dinner!

We make sure to take a long walk after we eat dinner. Mama will look on her magical phone to see it there is a park nearby or we will just walk around the area where we are staying! After our big walk, Mama will take us on a couple of shorter "go potty walks".  Mama says she tries to "wear us out" so we will sleep well and not sound the "barkie alarm" every time someone walks past the room.
It's hard to expect what we non-human family members will react to a night in a hotel!

Take time to Snuggle
Finally, take time to enjoy each other.  Make time during the day to snuggle and have fun together!!

Thanks for joining us for Pee 4 - Practice. Make sure to join us next month for the final Pee
Pee Five - Proper Road Manners


Join us for a Special Be Prepared for the B.A.R. Pee on May 9th.
This will have a list of things to bring with you to the B.A.R.!!

We know not everyone has the time for Practice runs, please feel free to ask us any questions you or your peeps might have in the comments and we will answer them as best we can!!


  1. Hari OM
    Oh I am so glad that Arty is going to make the trip too - I think a Mayoral candy date most certainly ought to show paw at such a big Blogville event!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. OMD, I'm so excited and nervous and worried and eager about our trip!! Jessie and I do road trips with Momma ALL the time, but we've never spent all day in the car, just a few hours. AND it will be our furst time at a hotel. Momma really loves reading your tips and advice. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for all our tips, mom has pretty much decided it will be gussie going on the trip now she just needs to get him out and see how he does. She is nervous. stella rose

  4. Hello, Blogville darlings! We crabby girls will be practicing our travel techniques tomorrow as The Hands take us to visit with HER. We are clacking our claws with glee and can't wait to see how our roving crabitat works. POL
    Ciao and Little Pinches,
    Beachnut & Shelldon

  5. This is a great post and very valuable, especially for those doggies who have not traveled much! We are so excited for BAR!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Good advice, I's done a lot of practicin myself!

  7. We love to travel! But mommy said we can't come to the BAR this year!! So bummed!