Michigan Here We Come....With Twice the Fun!!! Tuckers First Trip to the Upper Peninsula!!






Well here we are after not knowing if we would be able to take this trip this year, we have decided to go.  It has been 2 years since we have been to the Upper Peninsula to visit my in laws.  In the past, we have always had  Lance in between the seats, behind the drivers and passengers seat, with each daughter on one side of him.  We now have 2,  so that won't work quite as well. We have decided to crate Lance and one daughter will be near by in the next seat over.  Tucker and my other daughter will be behind in the next row, with the rest of our luggage where we can fit it in, to the side and behind the seat.  we have one under seat storage area we can also use.  Why does this not seem like enough space.  We also have Tuckers crate, we will be bringing, luckily that folds down, if we can figure it out.  Our friend had given us the crate and put it together, I suppose it would have been a good idea to have her show us how to fold it down. 


Part of me is tempted to have Lance lay on the floor next to my daughter and not use the crate....hmmmm, what to do, what to do. If we did that we have a harness he would wear that we would attach a seatbelt adapter to and then hook him to my daughters seat belt. 


Anyone have with two dogs have any advice on traveling with two dogs for the first time?  We will be driving straight through, 8 hours.  We will be making frequent stops for potty time. Lance has been traveling with us since a pup, so we know how he will react, hes a good traveler.  Im assuming Tucker will be a good traveler, hope he proves me right.  He doesn't seem to mind the car at all, and is very calm about it as well. I am trying to keep them seperated in the car as much as possible, thinking that may work the best. 


My mother in law has friends with dogs there, and we have asked her to get information regarding a vet in the area, in case we would need a vet to get a hold of our vet for any reasons.  Fingers and paws crossed we wont need that, but have it covered, just in case. 

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Comment by Jane Christensen on July 7, 2011 at 10:18pm

I travel both ways but I do feel safer with my dogs in crates. I give them a couple special toys or treats also but they just climb in because they are used to this. I don't like to travel with them out but occasionally do this mine get the back seat but slide on the leather more.


Have a great trip and even if I don't stop for the dogs (which I rarely do) it always takes longer than I plan...must be my coffe stops:)

Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on July 7, 2011 at 9:21pm
Lance and Tucker are both crate trained, although we haven't used the crate much for Tucker in the last 4 months.  We definitely will be stopping regularly for water breaks and potty time.  It will be interesting how long this trip actually ends up being, it usually is 8 hours but we are now thinking with the frequent stops, it will take us more like 10.
Comment by Bev Levy on July 7, 2011 at 9:10pm
We travel with ours a lot. Every trip is tough on Sparty because he is a nervous traveler but Izzy loves looking out the window. The main thing is stopping regularly so they can walk around and have a break. If they are crate trained that should work. Mine aren't so they sit on the back seats. The weather up north has been perfect. Warm days and cool nights. We were in St Ignace and Mac City and are now in Petoskey. Have a great trip!
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on July 7, 2011 at 8:18pm

Hi John, my brother in law and family are from St. Cloud Minnesota, we stayed with them about 3 years, and then from there went to visit my in laws in the UP and drove through Duluth, it was very hilly.  My father in laws family is from up there, so my husband spent his summers up there as a kid.  We try and go every year if we can.


Lance is doing better, his ears have improved tremendously, we are hoping that we when he sees the vet after we get back from vacation, he will reduce the dose of steroids he is on. 



Comment by John Wolff on July 7, 2011 at 7:56pm

I'm from Duluth.  Never spent much time in the UP except for a coupla backpacking trips in the Porcupine Mts. -- a fantastic landscape!

I think crates are safest.

How's Lance doing?

Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on July 7, 2011 at 6:51pm
Ok, i am going to go and fold down the last row seats, they fold flat, and put the crates side by side and see how much space we have for luggage behind the crates. Thanks for the idea.
Comment by Donna and Lilly on July 7, 2011 at 6:15pm
Hi Nat, we just got back from our vacation.  Drove from Clarksville TN to Branson MO.  About 8 hours it was Lilly's first long car ride.  They all slept.  Ein (my daughters corgi) and Lilly (my corgi) and my min pin Colossus did just fine.  We dont have room for the crates, so we had them on seats with pillows for support.  They were just as fine on the return trip!  But they are glad to be home!!!
Comment by Sam Tsang on July 7, 2011 at 6:04pm

Hi Nat, We've setup our crates like this in our van. You can fold down the last row or take the seats out, strap the crates with bungee cords. If both crates are too large to place side by side, you can raise one higher by slipping something underneath to make it fit.

We've also driven from FL - NY countless times without crates in the van along with 2 dogs, 3 film crew luggages / full video gear (3 video camera, 2 tripods, suitcase with mics, cables, studio lights...etc) in the van. Our dogs are used to long distance driving, they sleep most of the time, only wake up when we get off the ramp.


One time we were driving thru Shenandoah valley, trying to reach DC before sunset, totally forgot about potty time, poor Vienna didn't want to soil our carpet, jumped on the seat, let out an apologetic cry and discharged on the spot. Good thing we brought 4 bottles of hydrogenperoxide with us. Ever since that accident, I set a timer to remind myself to let the dogs drink and potty every 2 hours.

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