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Summer Road Trip With the Furry Children

 
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Taking the family for a summer road trip oftentimes includes the furry children. Kennels and pet sitters are costly and no one wants to leave the four-legged family members out of the fun. Your friends at Mast General Store are here to offer some tips that will help make your summer adventure a safe and enjoyable one for the furriest members of your family.

Plan ahead:  Exploring the great outdoors is a budget-friendly activity for people and pets alike. Check out Best Hikes with Dogs in North Carolina by Karen Chavez. This resourceful guide contains a handy trail finder with a listing of trails that are appropriate for dogs of all ages and fitness levels. North Carolina’s lush forests, rolling meadows, and countless waterfalls create a perfect paradise for canine hikers and their owners. Karen’s hike guides, first aid tips, and list of 10 Canine Essentials make this book an excellent planning companion for your summer adventure.

furry-friend-travel.jpgStay safe: During long road trips, pets need to get out and stretch their paws just like we do. Because rest areas and roadside parks are unfamiliar territory, it’s essential to leash the family dog when venturing outside the vehicle. Ruff Wear’s Knot a Leash is great for road stops and trail hikes because its locking carabineer keeps the leash and collar securely connected. With 5 feet of freedom, this rough and rugged, climbing rope inspired leash features a reflective trim that keeps your pet safely and securely connected to you at all times.

Exercise on the road: When you’ve gone off-road and arrive at a leash-free destination, the Chuckit! Flying Squirrel Dog Toy is a great way to keep your fetch junkie entertained. In your backyard or at the lake, the Flying Squirrel flies great and its raised sides are a real back saver. It floats in the water and has glow in the dark paws to make it easy to find during your late summer night romps in the yard.

Keep hydrated: Frequent water breaks are an essential part of long car rides in the hot summer sun. Standard water bowls tend to slosh around, creating a mess and leaving no water to drink. Ruffwear’s Quencher Dog Bowl is excellent for traveling because it’s collapsible, lightweight, and the seamless waterproof liner keeps moisture from leaking. Its flexible design is stable and easy to use, even in the car, and it dries quickly.

furry-friend-travel-3.jpgSnacks for the Road: Everyone enjoys a treat while taking in the scenery. Zukes Mini Bakes are healthy and delicious dog treats enhanced with protein and include nutritious flavors like chicken, blueberry, potato, and cherry. While everyone enjoys People Food, your dog will appreciate his own road trip snack.

Remember to have your pets’ identification and rabies tags attached to their collars, secure all animals in moving vehicles, never leave pets in unattended vehicles, and of course, HAVE FUN! If your summertime adventure finds you in our neck of the woods, we’d be delighted for you to stop by Mast General Store for all of your road trip and outdoor adventure needs. Happy tails trails!