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Spott

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Posted: 04/25/06 05:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There were several pets at the Mid-Atlantic rally and I was wondering how others make room for their pets?

Here's ours

In the camper we make the dinette in a bed, lay out a blanket, place Spots bed near ours and add a 6' long 6" round pillow along the walls.

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In the truck we have built a deck out of milk crates with a piece of 3/4" plywood and a sheet covering the wood to protect the leather from rubbing. Then a 2" foam in a pillow cover, his other bed on top of that and a 3' long X 6" round pillow.

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Yes, he was actually sleeping with his head up like that.

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Posted: 04/25/06 05:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awwwwwwwww! You are very kind to your pets!


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Smudge, (in photo) a Shih Tzu/Yorkie Mix and Gizmo is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge



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Posted: 04/25/06 06:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't say we are that kind, but our Corgi travels in his crate in about the same location (right half of rear seat). He sleeps on a pet bed in the carpeted cubby that runs along the right side of our queen size bed. We carry a exercise pen (8 pc x 24" x 24")and he has more toys than I do (but mine are more expensive!).


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Posted: 04/25/06 07:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The picture of the dog in the back seat, you aren't doing him any favor being that high up. Dogs become projectiles in a crash or panic stop. Being down on the seat gives him a better chance of survival. A un restained pet also has the potental of harming you as he/she flies foreward. The best thing to do is put a harness on and hook into the seat belts. I have done that, after a friend lost his dog in a collision. There are some nice wide belted rigs made for just that use.

Not trying to PO you, I can see you love your dog as much as I do mine.

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Posted: 04/25/06 10:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our dog is so tiny (a Pomeranian), we don't have to do anything special in the TC. We are seriously considering having her ride in the crate in the back seat on our next trip. Last time out she was too whiny for me and I'm hoping this will calm her down.


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Posted: 04/26/06 03:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Bruce:

Differences: our camper is smaller, dog younger (Spot is 10, Eli is 3).
Similarites: same extended Ford cab.

Driving: we have a salesman's case behind the passenger seat to expand the area where he rides. The case has all our maps and books in it.

Camping: dog stays out of the way on the bunk (he doesn't know he can jump a four foot fence, but he knows he can jump four feet to the bunk). He is very happy and relaxed up there.

Sleeping: dog is trained to stay in the one-foot-wide space outboard of the mattress, driver's side.

This dog SHEDS. I have to use an electric leaf blower to get the rig completey free of fuzz. We put tight weave canvas covers on the back bench seat and the bunk when he is up there, and we have a hand-held vacuum cleaner to use when hooked up.

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Posted: 04/26/06 06:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm still trying to find a decent spot for our hamster. Always worried the little bugger will power his exercise ball out the door and down the camper steps...

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Posted: 04/26/06 06:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also have a tiny Pomeranian, she rides in the backseat in her crate which is seat belted, she loves it (feels safe). In the camper she sleeps on the carpeted sofa step up.


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Well I used to have the dogs in the back seat but then came the kids. They were booted to the camper for our drive. Next they used to sleep with us on the bed but yet again the kids booted them to the floor. Camping they are outside most of the time which is where they want to be. The border collie does not want to miss anything even a butterfly flying buy. I wish I could bottle some of that energy for me. New addition to the family on Friday will be another yellow lab which will be 8 weeks old.

Safe and Happy Camping, Robert.


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We took our 8 month German Shepherd, Rosie, camping in Mexico with us for three months. The first night she kept wanting to go outside(It was pouring rain) and scratching at the door. We had to block it so she wouldn't destroy the screen. When we went to bed we made her a nice bed on the floor. In the night she joined us up on the top bunk. I sort of liked her up there but she is pretty hairy and takes up a lot of room. Also I could envision her dirty and sandy after being at the beach. So the next day we bought a piece of Plexiglas to cover the bottom screen and a folding crate. She felt more comfortable and safe in the crate and we used it when we occasionally had to leave her during our trip. We bought a dog seat belt before we left home from Champion (Champion Canine Designs) for riding in the truck. It is extremely well made and she was able to ride in the front seat beside us. Camping with Rosie was like camping with a 2 year old. Sometimes it was fun and sometimes it was a challange. A camper is a small space for a large active puppy. But, all in all, having her along was a joy and we were outside most of the time. A walk on the beach is a lot more fun with your doggie friend.

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