A Guide to Hitting the Open Road with Sparky
Is there anything better than seeing a dog with its head out the car window on the highway, breeze blowing back his slobbering cheeks, ear flapping wildly in the wing, just loving life? It’s the face of bliss. But behind the scenes is an owner handling all the requirements of traveling with a pet. Is he too hot? Does she have enough water? How many times does he need to go to the bathroom? The questions abound. For those who can’t bear the thought of leaving their furry best friend behind when they hit the open road, here are some products and ideas to help get you to the destination a little more smoothly.
- Prepare for Hot Weather
It’s time for your family’s annual beach trip. You’re heading south and the temperature is only going to rise. Make sure you have a Polar Pooch in the back seat for your pet. The gel in this smart pad activates with pressure, keeping your dog cool the entire journey. Pausing at a rest stop? After your dog gets up, the Polar Pooch only needs 15 seconds to reactivate and is ready to be used again.
- Have a Plan for On-the-Go Hydration
It’s virtually impossible to travel with a water bowl in the car, but you can’t stop every time your little guy is panting and needs a drink. Pack an Auto Dog Mug or Auto Pup Cup to solve all your rehydration problems. Water stays in the bottle until you squeeze to release it into the top funnel. Your pet can drink easily out of your hand, and once he’s done, you just release your grip and the water goes right back into the bottle. No more spills while you fly down the highway.
- Keep Your Dog (and Car) Dry
No one loves the smell of wet dog. So what happens when it’s raining, but your pet needs to go to the bathroom? You take him anyway. The Soggy Doggy Super Shammy will save your backseat a whole lot of distress. The microfibers in this towel dry your pet far faster than those in a regular towel. The best part? It dries odor-free, so your car never smells like soggy canine.
- Use a Smart Carrier
A Rolling Pet Carrier or Pet Stroller is vital to smooth travel. Whether you’re going from the rest stop back to your car or navigating getting to the gate in the airport, you can easily transport your pet to and from your destination with these mesh bags on wheels.
- Ensure Easy Access
Got a small dog traveling in a big SUV? Help him out with a Compact Folding Pet Ramp. It holds up to 40 pounds and makes the trek into a truck a whole lot easier on your little guy. It folds up into a condensed box when not being used, making it easy to store in the trunk.
- Keep Your Backseat Clean
Keep your car hair- and rip-free with a Dual Purpose Cargo Backseat Protector. This mat installs in seconds and keeps your backseat immune to any doggy damage. You’ll especially love it when you arrive home after a long trip and don’t have to spend hours vacuuming up the aftermath of a shedding dog and dirty paws.
- Drive Safely
Safety always takes priority when traveling. Sometimes you need to ensure your pet stays in the backseat and doesn’t jump on your lap while you’re driving. An Auto Dog Barrier makes your journey calmer and less nerve-wracking. The window makes it easy for your pet to see you and for you to keep tabs on him, but eliminates the danger of him crossing that fine line. For more clever pet ideas click here!