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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-09-2007, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Car trips, fur babies, & mercedes a/c

* * Originally posted last June07, and bumping this thread as summer is almost here * *

I am taking a car trip over the next few days and have been worrying about taking care of my havanese and cat while traveling (alone).

I drive a mercedes and learned I can cut the engine and hit a button to keep the car (while I run into the rest room).

just a mention to anyone who might have this feature in their car and might not know it:

"A/C REST" button: after you shut off your engine, don't take your key out of the ignition yet then press this button. you can then take your keys with you and your A/C will run for about 15 minutes.

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How long are you travelling for? You are brave! Good luck.

I'm not sure if I can suggest anything, but it's great if you can keep the pets locked safely in the car for a few minutes, but still have the a/c on, if only for a few minutes. Anything more than that and you risk getting them stolen (it happens a lot I hear!), bored and getting into trouble or overheated.

Have they been in the car for any length of time before?

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I have a Mercedes and didn't know that was what that button was for! Thanks! lol.....I'll definately use it when my husband runs into Starbucks in the morning and me and Gucci wait in the car! lol

Anyhow, back to topic......Why not take your dog with you to the restroom so he/she can use the restroom too a few of the stops, so you won't have to stop for them also? Also, If I'm going to be out of the car for more than a few minutes I'll put her in her Sherpa bag and just take her in with me. I've only done this a few times, but nobody has said anything to me about it all.

How long is your trip?? I hope your Hav likes car rides more than mine! I might go nuts on a long car trip with her whining the whole way!

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The longest trip with Kodi alone was about 40 mins. to have his CERF test. He was great, except he had to sit on my lap. I think I might have to get a soft crate for the car if I am travelling with them by myself. We will ususally make rest stops and walk the dogs then. My cousin has a puppy and carries pee pads in the car so they don't have to stop as often. I don't think this would work with my 2. They like to get out and walk around.

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I put my guys in little beds on the seat, and they have a small leash that is attached to the seat belt so they cannot really go too far. Once they got used to it, they were fine, and just curled up in their beds.

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Hi, we are pushing to summer and I wanted to remind everyone that if you are making stops with your fur-babies - and they aren't allowed in somewhere - please check and see if your car can do this 15 minute air conditioning . . . .as posted in the starter thread.
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Good idea, with our last cross country trip and our upcoming one- we always just have two keys so we leave it running while we use the restroom or stop to do something. I do keep the girls in a crate so they are pretty good. The best advice I have is before you go driving for a long time- exhaust them! After we pottied the girls in the morning,packed the car, we would stop some where to run with them and this would cause them to sleep for several hours!

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I believe that CA just passed a law last year that pets cannot be left alone in the vehicle. I am not sure if the information is correct but it could cost as much as $300 for leaving your pet in the car.

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Dumb question probably, but what's a Sherpa bag? I wanted to get something to carry Amy in, but I'm thinkning she's too big. I'm always afraid to bring her in places with me. I know she'd be well behaved, but don't know where dogs are allowed.

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Last month I drove to FL 11 hrs one-way with Tessa alone. I stopped at rest stops to potty (both of us!) and to walk her for a bit to tire her out. I have the Lookout II carseat so she couldn't go anywhere or roam around in the car but I did have to leave her alone for a few moments while I went to the bathroom. Luckily in March it was not hot enough yet to worry about the heat.

Still, I guess i would have been in trouble in CA! Yikes. I know it's not the safest solution but what are you to do if you are alone on a long trip and no dogs are allowed inside rest stops??

Jen, Leeann recently posted pics of her boys with their Sherpa bags. They are pet carriers on wheels that can fit under airline seats. DH and I are back in FL this month; many cafes have outdoor seating and we are welcome to bring Tessa with us. Yesterday, the server brought her a water bowl with ice cubes. So you can always ask, you might be surprised at the places dogs are allowed!
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