Traveling with Dogs: Memories heal Mother’s Day blues

Here I sit brooding on Mother’s day, about the fourth day in a row with my foot elevated. I know inactivity and lack of sunshine causes blues, but it took a post from a fellow RVer to help dispel the funk.

She was worried about her aging dog with mobility problems, and it sparked memories of an old, stinky hound dog and a few years of traveling with him, and later, full-time RV life with smaller hounds.

Many smiles and misty memories later, I thought maybe others would like to know about things that made traveling with pets easier.

Since that memory-stirring post turned me to my photo albums, I’ll let a few of those pictures be worth a thousand words!

Click on the Amazon affiliate links to learn more about the items and their costs. Enjoy! And now I really need a fur fix!

scene in shade of motorhome with three dog crates and a camp-style rocking chair
These sturdy, airline-ready pet kennels are perfect for traveling with dogs. One-size larger than specified for beagles, they fit perfect together in the backseat of the RAM when pulling the fiver, and they also fit perfectly on the dinette benches in the Class C. The trick for calmer dogs is to wedge them into place firmly so even emergency braking won’t jar them loose.
sunset scene with a pet-fenced yard alongside a motorhome, and inside the fence are two types of pet beds and three dogs
Pet fences are fantastic if one has well behaved dogs who aren’t escape artists. Even so, they need to be monitored while outside, especially in mountain lion country or where traffic and other dogs are issues. Under the steps, I used a wire flower bed border from a home and garden store. Alongside the motorhome, one 24-inch high section was good, then the 36-inch the rest of the way around. Pet fences come heights of up to 48-inches, and they come with connector clips. When I had a fiver, the 24-inch fit under the slide, and a separate 18-inch section fit around behind the steps and alongside the front half, as seen in another photo.
rv porch scene of a man with two dogs in pet-fenced patio in front of a fifth wheel with two red pet beds, a table and camp chairs
Their late papa enjoys sitting outside with the girls each day without having to hold on to a leash the whole time. The pet fences are easy to put together into a little yard. Some RV parks don’t allow them, but more often than not, they do as long as one is clean and respectful. The camp-style rocking chairs are a little more expensive these days, but they are very comfortable and resistant to fading. The red pet beds made by Coleman are no longer available on Amazon, but similar ones are. They lasted more than two years and were easy to hose off and wipe clean, but they did eventually fade and rot from the sun. There were no replacement covers available then. Finally, and maybe most importantly, the squirt guns are great for training the girls not to bark at passersby.
two dogs play with stuffed animals on a hammock-like pet bed
This hammock-style pet bed is by far the best they’ve ever had! A quick soapy brush and hose while washing motorhome keeps it clean and fresh.
lemon beagle in a pink saloon girl outfit
Pumpkin plays Lady to my Tramp at the 2015 Camping World Good Sam Rally. Opportunities for extra fun abound when traveling with pets.
blue adult tricycle sits on a cargo rack behind a motorhome, desert mountains in background
An adult tricycle with an electric kit, a cargo rack to carry it, and a portable, two-piece wheelchair ramp make running the hounds a fun and sometimes funny experience. When running beagles, always be prepared for them to pull hard to port or starboard. They’ll tip one over, trike and all, if not corrected in time!
desert landscape view from behind two dogs on a leash and with a trail marker sign next to them
Traveling with dogs is great, if one is prepared with a few amenities, such as easy, clip collars and hands-free leash connectors to reduce the impact of sudden lunges (rabbits ARE hard for beagles to resist). Beagles are also renowned for their voices, so a spray no-bark collar is also good to have for nuisance issues, as long as one is willing to spend about two weeks training with it.

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