We have a little family vacation coming up, and I’m trying to decide what to do with the dogs.
Normally, I would either board them or have a housesitter, but this is a destination the dogs would really like, I think. My husband’s family owns a little cabin on a lake, and we are going to spend a week or so there in August. There’s not much two retrievers would enjoy more than hanging out at a lake in the woods.
But, it’s a long drive. A long, long drive. Almost-Mexico to almost-Canada- about 20 hours in the car. If we didn’t take the dogs, we would fly. This moderate flying day of travel would turn into two days of travel on either end of the trip, with a 4 year old, a 5 year old, and two boisterous dogs.
No RV, no camper. We would need to find a motel somewhere in northern California that is dog-friendly. I would need to keep the kids entertained. Brody would have to have some motion sickness medication (I guess this is my chance to find out if Cerenia is as good as I hear it is for this purpose!)
I’m not a big road trip person. Give me a plane and a quick arrival at my destination any day. I am way too impatient for that whole “life’s a journey, not a destination” stuff- I have limited vacation time and I believe in optimizing it, so all of this road trip planning and execution stuff is pretty foreign to me to begin with.
I’m not overly against leaving the dogs at home- Koa with her separation anxiety would probably do better with a house sitter than being boarded, but I can work something out. I just know that if I could get them there without too much drama, they’d enjoy it.
So, I need advice from the road trippers- is this a terrible idea or possibly doable? Is this “Advanced Road Tripper Only” travel? Too much work for 5 days at a lake? No biggie? Any advice would be appreciated. And don’t worry, if we do go this route they would be safely secured inside the car. 🙂