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Old 03-13-2013, 07:12 AM
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We were going to do something in the Caribbean or Central America, but we've decided to go a different route. Now we're looking at East Coast Beach, either VA or NC. If we do those, my MIL & husband suggested bringing Hudson with. I'm hesitant to do it just because I don't want him crated in a strange place while we're out doing....things & I'm concerned that we'll have lots of things we'll want to do that aren't dog friendly and he'll spend most of the time locked up. If we don't take him, we will either take him to my parent's for the week or have someone come out to the house and watch him, the cat, etc.

Have you vacationed with your dogs? How did it work out? Would you do it again? Any tips/suggestions?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:19 AM
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I've traveled with my dogs for a lot of things, including vacations, and as long as they are comfortable crated and I can find a place with a fenced yard, it's generally super fun and simple.

North GA Mountains and the Outer Banks in NC stand out as our fav destinations for vacays with dogs so far. Both had lots of options for pet friendly places to stay and activities to include them, while still having activities the humans enjoyed. Outer Banks is probably my top pick because there's more for the humans to do than hiking.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:21 AM
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Thanks Stars. Outer Banks is where we were thinking for NC. We were actually looking at Ocracoke Island. Ever been?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:35 AM
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I'd rather have my pets home with someone I know or at your parents house where you know they will be happy and well taken care of especially since you'd being doing lots of things and have to use crates a lot if you took him.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:45 AM
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Thanks Barb. That's definitely how I feel about it. I mean, he is used to be in a crate during the day while we're at work, but I worry that being in a crate in a strange place would worry him.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:24 AM
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Ocracoke is actually where we stayed on the Outer Banks! We'd take Maggie out on the beach in the morning and evening for good long run, and then she was content to chill in her crate in the house during the day while we went horseback riding, shopping, etc. Her schedule was a more relaxed version of a work day and she was generally only crated from about 10a to 4p or so, sometimes less. The island is very walkable, which she enjoyed.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:24 PM
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Looks like we're vacationing in NC in August (Sorry Jess, no house sitter/Hudson sitter needed).

Now I need to get him collars, leashes & harnesses that are good in the water.
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My opinion is that it's not a vacation if the dogs are with.
God, I'm mean.

That's my only contribution! Lol we don't go on vacations. If I did I wouldn't want to bring my dogs with unless I were going somewhere where I planned to be out and about exploring. And in that case, Juno is the only one I'd want with me.
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I'll let you know how it goes in Colorado with Indy at the end of April lol.
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I hate vacationing without the dogs, its just unnatural for me to be without a dog lol I am anxious and I worry about them back home.
I've taken Maddie on several vacations with me, camping, hiking, hotel stay at hocking hills... and the drive to FL. We didn't really stop more often because she was with it... when we stopped for gas I walked Maddie and let her go to the bathroom while my Dad went in and went to the bathroom, and then when he was done he walked her while I went in and went. It was a nice trip.

Take some water with you, your own tap water in gallon jugs if you can. They can get loose stool from new water (you too, by the way ) And towels even if towels are provided where you go, I always need towels for the dog! There are so many uses for a good dog towel I took a blanket for Maddie for the car, and then in the hotel I covered the end of the bed with it for her to lay. Plus it smelled like home, I think that helped.
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