3936 miles. 2 dogs. 1 Toyota Rav 4. Should be enough said right there! But I want to wind up the series of of our very first GoPetFriendly roadtrip with some observations and comments about what we did and saw. In no particular order:
We were constantly amazed by the incredible scenic beauty of the US & Canada. It’s there, and you don’t have to look that hard to see it.
Visit-a-city pet travel requires a different mindset than see-the-country pet travel, however, patience and flexibility are necessary for both.
We experienced the pleasure of eating simple meals with family and friends. Inexpensive and no reservations required.
Gas in Canada was equivalent to about $4.20 per gallon – much more reflective of the social and economic cost of driving than in the US.
Reflecting the economies of both countries, we saw many cars, trucks, boats, and campers for sale at the end of driveways.
Always check for ticks. And not just on your pet.
Secure your pet in the car with an appropriate harness or carrier. When your car is traveling 70 mph, so is your pet.
Buster and Ty each needed medical treatment. Their vet records stored on a CD or thumb drive would have been helpful.
We used our database of vets and animal hospitals more than expected, and we appreciated Twitter friends for guiding us to the best choice.
A couple in Minneapolis recognized us from a TV interview we did in La Crosse. We would have given autographs, if asked.
A Canadian friend from Guelph, Ontario saw our wrapped car when we drove through his town. Very cool.
We only made one advance hotel reservation so we could be more spontaneous with our travel and less stressed about getting to a destination.
When you travel with your pet, you’re an ambassador for all the people who travel with their pets.
The feedback we’re getting is that GoPetFriendly is a great resource for people who prefer to travel with their pets.
The picture above is a sunrise – reflecting that GPF is just getting started … we still have a way to go … and we’re looking forward to the journey.
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