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Driving Miss Doggie

Traveling across the country in a car is a challenge; traveling across the country in a car with a large, fluffy labradoodle named Lola in the back seat is something to write about.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t so bad, helped in part by some preliminary legwork on tips from people who know more about dogs than we do. This is what they recommended:

•Take your dog for a few short rides before your trip so she gets accustomed to the car.

•Pets should ride in carriers or harnesses to prevent behavior problems, which can be dangerous while driving.

•Try not to let your dog ride with her head out the window because dirt and debris could get in her eyes or ears.

•Feed your pet only lightly before getting in the car – pets can become carsick. After you’ve stopped driving for the day, feed normally.

•Stop every three to four hours so you can walk your dog on a leash.

•Research where you will stay along your route. Not every hotel is dog-friendly.

– Patty Ewald, Tampa Bay Times