My dogs are my life! They mean everything to me. I hate leaving them alone whether it’s a quick trip to the farmers market or an overnight stay with friends and family. My dogs Fred, Franny and Calvin go everywhere with me. I absolutely adore them and hate leaving them behind. The new trend in summer travel is taking your beloved fur-child on a road trip! Have you ever traveled with your pet? If you’ve thought about doing so, you must check out my interview with dog rescue advocate and Puppy Bowl Referee, Dan Schachner.
Dan was kind enough to join me for an interview recently to dish on how they made a homeless dog from Puerto Rico’s dream come true! Not only did this dog get the coastal road trip of a lifetime, but he found his forever home when the trip ended. Dan also shared tips on how to prepare and plan a fun summer road trip with dogs. If you live on the West Coast like I do or you’re planning on heading to Oregon and Washington, you must check out the great “Paw-Cific Road Trip” with amazing stops along the way.
How To Plan The Best Summer Road Trip With Your Dog (Video)
Watch Candace Rose Anderson of the blog Candie Anderson interview dog rescue advocate and Puppy Bowl referee, Dan Schachner. He shared the tips on how to plan the best summer road trip with your dog(s). He also dished on an amazing road trip for those heading to Oregon and Washington.
How Dan Made A Dog From Puerto Rico’s Dream Come True In Massachusetts
Candie Anderson: You’ve fostered a number of dogs as they’ve looked for a forever home, and you just made another dog’s dream come true. Can you tell us about that?
Dan Schachner: “We had a very special case where a dog was flown up from Puerto Rico. His name was Frankie. He was a six month old shep mix and he needed to be delivered to his forever home in Massachusetts. Orbitz.com partnered with me and we were able to get on the road and find the right dog-friendly stops along the way.
It was a fantastic experience. We stopped at New England Clam Shacks, and hiking trails in Connecticut and dog-friendly hotels in Newport, Rhode Island, and finally up to coastal Massachusetts where we delivered Frankie to his forever home. It was a really fulfilling, wonderful experience. I’ve got to thank Orbitz and Dollar Car Rental for all their support.”
Why Road Trips Are So Popular For Dogs And Their Owners This Summer
Candie Anderson: There was a recent survey done about taking pets on road trips. What are some of the findings that stood out for you?
Dan Schachner: “The findings were interesting. 77% of respondents said they plan to take their pets along with them on the road this summer. It’s a tremendous rise from previous years but it points to what is going on in society which is dogs are members of the family, and they are now included in all of our experiences.
When we go away on trips now, we aren’t leaving them at home – we’re taking them with us. We need to make sure we factor in their needs as well.”
A Fun West Coast Road Trip For Dogs And The Entire Family
Candie Anderson: What would be a great trip to take with our dogs on the West Coast?
Dan Schachner: “The PAW-CIFIC Road Trip (pacific dog pun) – you’re going to go from Oregon all the way to Seattle (the Astoria River Walk), Aberdeen and finishing up near Seattle Bainbridge Island. Then finally finishing up near Seattle itself (please watch video above for details and a map).
The great thing about this trip are the stops along the way. Everything is about two hours to two and a half hours from the rest, so you’ve got those built-in breaks along the way that are going to be dog-friendly.”
How To Prepare For A Road Trip With Your Dogs
Candie Anderson: What else should we consider when traveling with our pets?
Dan Schachner: “Well, I already mentioned stopping every two/two and a half hours, and the second would be safety. Make sure your dog is properly secured in the car and making sure that all of their needs are met. That is if they are on any medicines, make sure they have their right treats, food, chew toys, their favorite bed, their favorite stuffed animals, vet records – it’s going to be a long trip than normal.
Make sure that you have everything planned that keeps them on their schedule.”
Candie Anderson: My dog has major separation anxiety and anxiety in general about new things. Do you have any tips on how to prep him before going on a trip?
Dan Schachner: “The best tip in the world is get them started on short trips before you take the long one. Make sure you associate the car with positive experiences so that when they know they are going in the car, it’s fun, restful, relaxing time.
Start with small trips around town. Take them to the dog park, take them to the pet store to pick out a favorite toy and then take them back home and start building from there. My number one tip would be just prepare and associate positive experiences with the car.”
Candie Anderson: Do you have any additional tips or information that you would like to share with us?
Dan Schachner: “I would go to orbitz.com/dogfriendlyroadtrips to find more information on the one I just mentioned – the Paw-Cific Northwest. It’s a great trip and I do hope to take it one day myself. I would also call ahead to any place you’re going to go even if it’s already something that you’ve been to before. Double check, make sure that you are coming with your dog that way you can make sure there’s no extra fees associated with it, that they’re ready for you as you’re ready for them and that way you can ensure that it’s a safe and fun trip for everyone.”
Dan Schrachner is a long time advocate for dog rescue and dog fostering, Dan continues to provide a stop for pups who are crowded out of the shelters but still in need of a forever home. Using social media to get the word out, he is happy to report that animal adoptions nationwide are steadily increasing. Continuing his work on behalf of animal shelters, Dan was named an ambassador for The Sato Project, which rescues abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. Dan also works with countless other rescue groups around the country, raising funds for benefit each and fostering dogs at home any chance he can. In 2018 Dan was honored with the “Animal Welfare Hero” award from the Baltimore Humane Society.