Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern CA
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Callie would probably love to go along! What dog wouldn't?
First, make sure your destination allows dogs. What requirements do they have (shot records, etc.)?
What activities are you planning that she can participate in? If you're sightseeing, etc. without her, then it's not fun for her and, personally, I would be uncomfortable leaving my pup unattended in a strange place.
Will she need any new vaccinations due to the area you're headed?
Does she have an ID tag with your cell phone number on it?
Is she microchipped and wearing a microchip tag? Is the microchip registered with accurate info including your cell number? (She should have this anyway, even if she doesn't go with you.)
Does she have a travel bag of her own (bug-proof food storage and treat container, food/water bowls, toys, travel bed, poop bags, paw wipes, first aid kit, brush, comb, lightweight folding water bowl for hikes/outings, towels/rags for cleanups, spare leash).
Does she have a travel crate or canine seatbelt to ride safely in the car?
If you're going to do a lot of walking, do you need or have a pet backpack or stroller to give her rest periods during your outings? Carrying her in your arms may not be feasible or may become uncomfortable for her - or you.
If your campsite does not have a lot of shade, do you have a shade blanket or sun umbrella to put up so she can have a cool spot to rest, in the open air?
That's all I can remember right now. We used to camp several times a year and our dogs LOVED it. Being prepared made our trips all the more enjoyable for everyone.
I hope your family and Callie have a GREAT time!