Driving with dogs can be really fun but it has it challenges, especially if it is a long road trip. I recently drove 2,900 miles in 8 days with Chester in Gretel. We dove from Seattle to the annual BlogPaws conference for pet bloggers in Las Vegas.
Chester and Gretel love riding in the car with me. Gretel sleeps most of the time and Chester either dozes or looks out the window (he doesn’t like to sleep). Riding with your dog in the car for hours and hours can be hard on them though.
Of course, several potty breaks are needed – for both me and them! Another thing I didn’t think of, because I have never driven for 8 days with Chester and Gretel before, is stiff joints due to age. After the first long day with few breaks, I noticed that 11-year-old Chester’s back legs were a little wobbly when we stopped for potty breaks. Heck, *I* was a little wobbly from sitting so long!
This prompted me to invent a new road trip game. I call it the “100 mile game”. The challenge is to stop every 100 miles for a break and find something “cool” in the area.
There were some times that we had to fudge a little with the 100 miles because that put us in the middle of nowhere land on the side of the freeway but at around 90 miles I would start looking for a place to stop. We never went more than 110 miles without pulling over somewhere.
Sometimes our breaks coincided with a planned stop along the way, like a scenic area or short trail. Other times we discovered something we had no idea existed. These are some of the hidden gems we discovered:
Have you ever taken your dog on a road trip? Do you have any games you like to play when you are driving with dogs?