Fido's Finest: Companion guide to traveling with your pooch

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

One of the hardest parts of taking a vacation is leaving your pooch at home.

It's a common dilemma that many dog owners face but one Colorado woman wrote a book that could be the perfect companion when traveling with your pet.

The Grand Junction Dog Park at Canyon View is just one of the places listed in the newest edition of a book called ‘Fido's Finest’.

It's a guide to all the places you can take your pet when you hit the road.

Bridgette Maxwell is a dog lover and author.

As a Crested Butte resident she's had plenty of time during Colorado's off–seasons to go on road trips.

"We traveled from Key West to Maine. And I thought it was time to share all the coveted info from all the personal research we did, because my dog went everywhere with me,” she says.

Bridgette's dog Shamus is no longer with her, but left a love of travel legacy in the books Bridgette writes called ‘Fido's Finest’.

"Dog's have separation anxiety, and so do their owners. This provides information about when dogs can go with their owners,” she says.

If you're a dog owner, you have several different options for what to do with Fido.

And if you don't want to board your pet, you might as well take him along.

"The pros are your dog will probably be less stressed, less nervous with you being gone,” says Pet Vet Justin Seeley with the Banfield Pet Hospital in Grand Junction. “On the con side, they can be very stressed. Especially if they aren't used to traveling to new places."
So, before you have pet will travel, he recommends the following:
Make sure your dog stays hydrated – maybe even bring your own water or bottled water to make sure he'll like the taste.
Never leave your pet in the car, "Even with the windows down, it can get heat stress," he says.

During the road trip, take lots of bathroom breaks.

Keep small animals in a carrier.

Take a trial run drive before you hit the road for the long trip, and consult a vet if your dog gets motion sickness or if he might need a sedative to stay calm during the drive.

Once you're on the road, use a guide like ‘Fido's Finest’, to plan your trip and know where to stay once you get to your destination.

"These days hotels are welcoming pets instead of just accepting them,” Maxwell says.

An example is the Ramada on Horizon Drive, in Grand Junction.

"Our pet policy is they're welcome in any of our downstairs rooms. It's $10 per night, and it includes doggy biscuits and bottled water," says General Manager Eric Lehmann.

The Ramada has a yard to run in, and a way for owners to pick up after their pets.

The third edition of ‘Fido's Finest’ helps you find places outside of Colorado, including hundreds of hotels and dog parks throughout Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

"Buy the book! It's great. Your dog will appreciate it,” Maxwell says.

She also says that half of the proceeds from the sale of the books goes to humane societies throughout the U.S.

The book sells for about $18 and if you want to check it out before you invest, click the link below for the Fido’s Finest Web site which features pet-friendly hotels.

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