Leaving Milton at home while I flew to New York, was not an option for me. These first few puppy months are integral to Milton's training (pottie, leash, chewing), and with Jeff working such long hours, I did not want Milt neglected at home. The more we train the pup now, hopefully the better he will be in the fall when school starts up again.
I did consider flying with Milton as a carry on, but I thought that could easily develop into a traumatizing experience. I didn't want to risk the little guy whining/barking or getting sick. Plus I was a little nervous that he would keep on growing and not fit in a crate when the time came to return to Texas.
|Quite the trip|
To prepare Milton for this trip, I have been taking him on little car rides around our neighborhood. Milton and I look at all the pretty houses and daydream. Milton sits in my lap, so I can pet him and keep him calm. This is not the safest option, so we now have a puppy seatbelt along with a travel crate all prepared for the long ride.
|Milton all ready to go.|
On Milton's first car rides, he cried and shook for the majority of the drive. I tried to encourage him to like the car by giving him pieces of milk bone or bits of dog food before, during, and after the ride. By now, he is much more relaxed and will try to look out the windows and eventually just doze off.
What does a Milt need for such an incredible journey? Well, let's see:
1. Dog food
2. Portable dog bowls
3. Dog treats
4. Travel crate with sleeping blanket
5. Puppy pads
6. Resolve carpet cleaner
7. Chew toys
8. Bitter apple spray
9. Heart worm pill
10. Puppy shampoo
I am certain there are a few more odds and ends, bits and bobs, I am missing. From now on, I'm packing for two.
|Milton thought we were kicking him out.|
|Milt and his Monkey|
The first leg of our trip is ten-hours from Dallas, Texas to Clarksville, Tennessee where Jeff's brother and his family live. We will spend all day Saturday visiting with them and then depart very early Sunday morning for the remainder of the drive - 15 hours. I have absolutely no idea how this whole escapade is going to turn out. We will continuously blast the air conditioning, routinely pet Milton, and of course frequently stop for our favorite treat, Dairy Queen, or simply DQ.
Does anyone have any tips on how to keep a puppy happy in the car? Let me know if you do! On Monday, I will post a photo montage of our grand adventure...