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Moving to Denver...

We are moving to close Denver in a few weeks and I have a few questions and concerns.

Because of the timing of the house closing and my job, I will be driving up early with Walter and Tucker in the car. This will also keep them out of the way on moving day.

1. Potty stops ... How do you handle potty stops when you are by yourself? It Texas and a million degrees outside, so leaving them in the cars for even a few minutes is out of the question. Oh, and I will be drive thought a lot a small towns, so stopping at PetsMart won't work.

2. I have been looking at the threads about booster seats, but the ones we tried on in the store are too narrow and wide I need more of a square shape. I would like both boys in the same seat.

3. How do dogs handle the altitude? Our new house is at 6400 ft. What issues should I look out for?

This winter, I am looking forward to sharing Walter's first adventures into the snow!
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I can help with one of your questions. I was looking at the car booster seats recently an this brand was very highly rated and has a larger rectangle size that fits two dogs. They are sold on Amazon too if you don't have a retailer near you to find them in person. I don't have this one personally as I'm still over week from getting my puppy, so can't endorse it from experience but it looks like what you are describing:

http://snoozerpetproducts.com/produc...-storage-tray/

Hope the trip and the move goes great for you. Denver is a beautiful place!
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I've taken road trips with Timmy. I only suggest that if you stop at a rest stop try to find a remote place to have your pups do their business. I have also found some parks to take a break and you can get food at a drive through and have a picnic. I can't answer about what to do if you need to go to the bathroom especially if it's hot because you can't leave them in the car. I can leave the car running with AC on because I have buttons on my door to unlock. Maybe you can bring an extra set of keys with you and in case you need to leave them inside the car with AC on?

I have the Snoozer that Newbie is showing in her post. Tim who's weighs about 15lbs and Mae who is less then 10lbs fit in perfectly and I love it. Other then it taking up most of my backseat I don't have any complaints, my two fall asleep in it but it also gives them the opportunity to see out. They also include tether straps to attach to your seat belt which is great when you open the door because they can't jump out, which is SO important when you're traveling.

My two have a pretty set schedule so I know they will usually be sleeping most of the afternoon after a morning walk, grooming and having breakfast. If your two tend to sleep during certain times you can normally judge when they need to take a break based on that.

Good luck, don't stress too much!

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Hi there! Exciting about your move to Denver. I've been here 7 years and love it.
I haven't made a long road trip with my Havs, so can't answer the traveling questions.
No problem with the altitude, but we are lower than you at 5,280 and my dogs grew up here. (That is a good thing to research, though!)
If you are ever interested in meeting for a Hav playdate, send me a PM.
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I’ve travel with Canela from GA to Chicago (966 miles) and another time it was with Roxxy and Hunter to Chicago. Both trips I made the potty breaks every time I had to get gas. Even if they didn’t have to potty, I just wanted them to get out and stretch their legs and take a sip of water. I usually had to make two stops, one at the rest stop and another one at different exit for gas. You could always take potty breaks at the gas station but I prefer the rest stops. This way I would play with them, take them on a short 10-15 minute walk or people watch and just like Jen suggested make a picnic of it.

As for the bathroom, it’s going to be hard for you since you have two Havis. During Canela’s trip, she was 8mo, so she was still small enough to fit into a purse/bag and she went in the rest stop bathrooms with me. Now, with the Vizslas I had to park close to the rest stop – RUN inside go to the bathroom and hurry out. I didn’t feel that bad becuz they had each other to keep them company. Sorry - not the best advice but that’s what I did. In Sept/Oct I plan to take Canela and Vino to Chicago again, so we see how that trip goes with them.

I would suggest feeding them half of their meal or a small snack before you get on the road. So they could get use to the long car ride. You don’t want them to get carsick and throw up but just in case have paper towels and plastic bags to clean up.

I have the small and the medium snoozer:


Canela is 12lbs and Vino is 14lbs; they both fit in each of snoozer together <-- sounds weird n awkward but they both fit in the small and they both fit in the medium one too LOL I had bought the medium one to give them more room; Vino likes to stretch out when he sleeps. I use the small one of short trips to vet (5 mins away from the house) and medium one for longer trips (i.e. 30 minutes or more). You definitely need to get the tethers to keep them secure while your driving. I like the snoozers (I've had them for over two years now) but if I had to buy another one I would go with one of these b/c of the grove in the front of the seats, they seem sturdier:
http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/Se...txtSearch=seat

Good luck and safe travels!

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Thank you!

Betty, we tried on the med snoozer and it looked a little small, but to sounds like it might work. Oh, I forgot about food, found a good water bowl though.

Azcolaw ... A play date sounds fun, when I get a little settled I will send you a PM


Still wondering about potty stops for me, might try Home Depot if I can not find Petsmart or PetCo.
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Thank you!

Betty, we tried on the med snoozer and it looked a little small, but to sounds like it might work. Oh, I forgot about food, found a good water bowl though.

Azcolaw ... A play date sounds fun, when I get a little settled I will send you a PM


Still wondering about potty stops for me, might try Home Depot if I can not find Petsmart or PetCo.
Ever thought about getting a stroller?? you could drape a blanket so people won't see and use the family stalls at the rest stops.

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If you can stop at rest stops I would just bring the dogs in with me on leash. Use the handicapped stall so y'all can fit . Sorry, you have no choice!

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Oh, love the stroller idea (heeheee)
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