Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Summer is almost here, many families will be traveling.  As a Service Dog, I travel every time my mom travels.  When I am working I usually ride in the kangaroo style pouch.   I really like my pouch and will often try to climb into it before mom puts me in it.
 I have have ridden on many types of transportation.

  • car
  • taxi
  • bus
  • train
  • boat - parking ferry at Disney World's Magic Kingdom
  • monorail - Epcot
  This Summer I will have my first Plane ride.   I also have never ridden on a cruise ship.

I have ridden on or in several other things too:
  • stroller - both human baby and dog ones
  • purse
  • kangaroo style pouch - Outward Hound - medium
  • a carousel and a few other Theme park rides
  • parking lot tram
  • elevator
  • escalator
  • mobility scooter
  • in a bag on a rolling walker
I have not yet ridden in a horse drawn carriage, but I may some day.
There are some things I haven't ridden, nor does Mom plan for me to ever ride them. 
  • motorcycle
  • horse, elephant, camel, or other animal
  • bicycle 
  • Theme park rides that are not safe for me
My favorite way to travel is by car!   I ride in a comfortable booster seat made
 by Snoozer - the Lookout

 Mom always hooks my Ruffwear Webmaster harness to the seat belt.    I ride in the front seat so I can reach Mom if I need to alert her.   Our passenger airbag needs 70 pounds to activate it, and I am no where near that heavy.  BOL!!    I have a size medium seat because sometimes Baron rides with me and we both fit in it.   Mom uses a coupler to hook both of our harnesses to the seat belt.

 Pepper's travel tips:
  1. Buckle up!  Loose pets can cause accidents or be injured.
  2. When we go on long trips, we usually stop every 2 or 3 hours for about a half hour to stretch our legs.
  3. When we go to different cities, I drink either bottled water or water that Mom brought from home.  I do not drink the local water.  Mom doesn't want to upset my digestive system with different water. 
  4. Carry proof of vaccines, you never know when you will need to show it.
  5. If your dog has it's CGC, carry a copy of the certificate.  Some (not all) parks and places require it.
  6. Pack extra poopy bags.
  7. pack enough food for the trip, plus a few days extra, just in case your plans change.
  8. Don't forget to pack your water and food bowls.
  9. Make sure you are wearing your collar with ID tags.
  10. Mom likes to pack pet/baby wipes, they come in handy for several things.
  11. Mom also likes to pack a small bottle of pet odor/stain remover cleaner, just in case I get sick.  I usually don't, but you just can't always predict those things.
  12. I usually bring a spare leash - just in case.  Mom's favorite leashes are hands-free, she is always scared she might drop the handle if her hands are full of bags. 
  13. I like to bring one or two toys from home and a bully stick.
  14. In Winter, I pack a coat or sweater.
  15. I like to pack an emergency first aid kit and spare flea and heartworm treatments - just in case.
  16. Pack small scissors (when allowed) and a brush/comb if you have long fur.
  17. Bring a crate or carrier even if you don't think you need one, you never know.  I always travel with my Sherpa duffle
  18. and of course I bring treats! - ALWAYS!  BOL!!

This is not a product review post.  We have purchased every item linked in this postWe just happen to really like and use these items almost every day, and certainly on every trip.  Disney World is a place not an item, we went there on a trip a couple years ago.  BOL!!

I hope I didn't forget to list any important travel tips.  If you have any tips or experiences you'd like to share, please tell us about it!


  1. Dat was super fun and informative! I will add some to my list! U look great in the car and in your pouch. Great job!

    1. Thank you Phi! I am glad you enjoyed my post!

  2. Love the photo of you in the car. You look like you are really enjoying yourself. Great tips!!! Thanks.

    1. Thank you Freya! I do enjoy riding in the car! I hope the tips are useful for you.

  3. I can't think of anything you left out, Pepper! I love to travel, too, but I'm not a service dog. I WISH I could ride on all the things you do!

    1. Yaaay!!! Hershey! Your comment posted! Thank you! It would be nice if there were more travel options for pets, then more pals could meet in furson, and more humans would be able to travel.

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    1. Thank you Chazz and ChazzMom!!
      High Paw!!

  5. Great information Pepper! Thanks for including links to the products you mentioned. It makes it so much easier for me to find the things I want to purchase for my pom.

    1. Thank you! I am glad you found my post useful!