The Green Blog
Traveling with Your Best Friend
Photo: Courtesy of Pink Goes Green welcomes guest blogger Catherine Workman, who grew up in a small town where she yearned to stretch her wings. Now that she's left the nest, she spends every available weekend exploring different cities across the country and someday, across the world. She started with her friends to share her travels and experiences and hopes to inspire others to embrace the hidden gems of the world.

Here, Catherine shares some great tips for our animal-loving audience about how to travel with your best friend -- your best furry friend, that is! These tips remind us that our dogs are part of natural world that we love, and we want to be sure they are safe and happy when traveling with us.

Bringing your furry K-9 friend along with you while traveling can be very rewarding, but before you get too excited about planning your trip, think about your pup's needs. You can't just jump in your car and take off. This trip will require some extra preparedness.
Crating is not the Enemy
Many people feel bad about putting their dog in a crate while traveling, but you shouldn't sacrifice the safety of your pet to spare your emotions. Dogs are fairly accepting of being in a crate and some are known to feel safer inside one. Make sure he or she gets a lot of exercise before traveling, and your dog will be more likely to enjoy the resting period. Just be sure there is nothing inside the crate that can hurt your dog, such as a collar, leash, sharp edges, etc. Dog seat belts are another option, especially for shorter distances.
Flying with Your Dog
If you are thinking of flying with your dog, make sure to cover all your bases before arriving at the airport. Check with the airline of your choice for different rules and regulations. Many airlines require a health certificate for your dog to be able to travel. Since your dog will be in a crate, make sure he or she is in the crate before arriving at the airport. Another tip is to not put your dog on a plane with a full stomach or bladder. Fast your dog for about 6 hours before traveling.
Spending the Night in a Strange Place
When staying at a hotel, call ahead to make sure that the place of lodging accepts dogs. Any place other than what your dog is used to is a strange place. While in the room, never leave your dog unattended. They may be more inclined to destroy property if left alone. Try to keep your dog as quiet as possible to not disturb the other guests. Lastly, leave your room in the condition you left it. The more times a hotel has a problem with a pet, the less likely they are to continue to accept them.
Pick-up Trucks
Driving with your dog in the back of a pick-up truck is never a good idea. It may not seem like a big deal, but you can easily run over a pothole or a curb, or stop abruptly. You are risking the health of your dog by exposing him to the dangers of being thrown off the vehicle. If you live you live somewhere where it's hot outside, the metal in a pick-up could burn your dog.