After a grueling cross country move with two small dogs, my fiance and I are now bi-coastal with a new home on the East Coast. We weighed the different options for moving our belongings from San Francisco to the DC region and for a few reasons — mostly that we are clearly crazy — we decided driving everything ourselves in a U-haul was the best option. This, of course, meant our two dogs would be coming along for the ride. For your reading pleasure, here are Ten Takeaways from a Cross Country Trip with Two Dogs:
- Your dog will bark more than average if you sneak them into a non-pet friendly hotel.
- Grooming wipes and a roll of paper towels are a must.
- Poo bags double as great trash bags for the car.
- Attempting to feed dogs while car is in motion will result in a lapful of dog food. Same can be said for water.
- A related note: if driving through high elevations, the Gulpy water bottle will explode water all over you when you go to use it.
- You and everything in the car will be covered in dog hair by the end of day one. Just go with it.
- The dog(s) will be the most comfortable beings in the car at all times. You will be jealous.
- Forego any “daily bone allowance” you may have in place. Happily chewing pooches are quiet, content pooches during a long car ride.
- Leave collars and harnesses on the dogs at all times so it’s easy to hook on a leash for quick potty breaks. Place the leash in the same spot in the car after every walk.
- Having a dog who’ll pee on anything/any surface is most beneficial. I’m looking at you Joey a.k.a. “Mr. I Prefer Grass.”
For a perspective on this type of trip with cats as your animal companion, check out Sonia’s series of posts “Tails of two Cities” when she too moved cross country with pets in tow.
Images via Katie Redmiles