HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON
It Is Holiday Travel Season…
Hey guys! Today it feels like somebody blew the whistle and I’ve got a seat on the 50-yard line inside of a sold-out football stadium overflowing with fans. I am serious…it does! That is most likely due to the shopping buzz and the increased number of cars on the road. I did notice that the water cooler talk regarding Black Friday and what items were on the watchlist and list of favorites. Everyone is talking about how they’ve been eyeing certain products and vying their time waiting for Black Friday to get here so that they can pounce. I agree.
A nice getaway is what Sophia and I both need. This time of year, holiday travel season, I typically gather a few brochures and play the coin toss game to help us decide where we are going this year. It’s important for me to be road-worthy, flight-ready, and prepped to travel with Sophia.
Are you ready?
This article should get you ready to hit the road. Or whatever mode of travel you choose. These are just the little things that will make a difference in your trip as it relates to traveling with your doggo. Let me tell you something…
Did I remember to…?
Did I make a list and then check it twice for all of the little things that Sophia may be asked for during our trip?
- Dog License
- Rabies Tags
- Vaccinations Information
- Travel Documents
And, do her things meet all of the travel criteria for size and shape? If we are going to be flying she needs things that are manageable and non-tattered. And me too! Being a pet parent is sometimes messy! I swear that on occasion I’ve caught glimpses of myself in the mirror that I didn’t recognize. Lol!
- Mud streaked t-shirts
- Wrinkled denim jeans
- Sneakers with holes in the fabric and unacceptably filthy
- Unkempt hair
- Dusty socks
I will not go on. On those days, all of my dignity was attached to the designer handbag that I rarely carry anywhere because it’s ‘too good’ and the keys to my ride. You know? That’s how I know that I am looking good out there.
For myself and for Sophia’s sake, I removed the majority of the ‘dog’ from my outfit and then became the savvy traveler and professional that I know myself to be. After freshening up it occurred to me to check Sophia’s travel documents. Know what? I was shocked to find a few discrepancies. Oh, my goodness. This is one of those times that I am glad that I was ’extra’ and ‘over the top’ about this dog.
Check This Out
I started with the two outfits that she was to wear for the trip. Check. It’s all good. Bows, Bowties, T-shirts, A onesie, and a denim dress with felt flowers. Accompanied by 2 rhinestone collars, an extra-wide harness [I love this one…The straps are very fat to show off the embroidery work on there], and then 2 different color leashes. Enough poo bags? Check. A small blanket, a stuffed squeak toy, and Wag Chicken and Waffle Bites. Hey! Everyone loves snacks when they travel, right?
Her bag looks good. Something like Louis Vuitton, but you get paw prints instead of L’s and V’s. And now for her credentials. I don’t know why exactly, but for safety sake, I decided to err on the side of caution and go to the Dog License Database. I had a funny feeling so I pretended that I was a person that found this sweet little dog and was doing the right thing by trying to find her family. Lord have mercy! My name and her Dog License number were not matched together. I was not in there!!! And she was classified a Beagle [ for those of you who don’t know…Sophia is a Mini Schnauzer ] and then right after that, I got back search results saying that she was owned by a couple in Dayton, Ohio somewhere and given their number to call. This is a disaster!!!
What If Something Happened?
Well! This caused me to perform a bit of reconnaissance. Let’s double back and check the national dog license database. Now the state database, the county database, and finally the city database.
Who in the blazes were these people in Dayton? Unless I have had a lobotomy, Sophia’s sitting pretty right here with me. I decided to go the route of her microchip. Guess what? Yes, she has a microchip but unless I re-register her at their company website, she may as well be invisible, Ugh!! So disappointing. But then again I am so glad that I checked!
People listen, I had no idea that I would need to re-register her annually and I never thought to check up on her actual dog license. It’s sad to say that I have been happy to pay and then leave with my receipt, trusting that the work has been done properly and that she is properly managed. Not satisfied with this ‘computer error’, I called the original shelter she was adopted from and left an urgent message for the Director indicating that Sophia and I would be traveling and as a precautionary measure, I checked up on her credentials and was stunned to find that we either did not exist or could be found but with the wrong results.
I barely slept a wink that night. I betcha there are at least 20 new gray hairs upon my crown from worrying that we’ve paid fees and been taken online!!! Wahh! But then the Director called back by 9:30a the next day with good news. She expressed concern and agreed that the dog license, as it appears on the tag is accurate and if typed into the dog license search, does not render results. I was also told to ignore the national/state results because they were simply incorrect. She figured out that leaving off the first zero and then entering the license number brings back Sophia and me to the screen.
We exchanged pleasantries after my sigh of relief and then hung up. Confident that Sophia is all mine and verifiable every which way, I continued packing. Oh my goodness! It broke my heart to think that someone could’ve electronically stolen Sophia out from underneath me. Listen…don’t let this happen to you. It’s holiday time and there are people out there that would snatch your doggie up in a minute! And, for the well-intentioned folks that find your lost dog, they may not know how to look up owners using the dog’s license. But if they do, let’s be certain that the contact information is accurate and that the individual who finds your dog can actually reach you.
Work With Me
✔Go get the dog. Is the dog wearing the dog license? Where is the dog license? Did you put it away somewhere in the house? Get it. Okay.
✔Let’s look up the dog license number to make 100% certain that the dog is properly registered. Well? What did you find out?
✔Now, is your contact information accurate? Assuming that you’d like to have your doggie returned to you if theft or loss of dog ever occurs, can the authorities reach you? Did you get a new phone? Has your phone number changed? Does your dog wear a tag with the phone number on there and that number is now incorrect?
✔What about your email address? Have you closed down the inbox that you first used to register your dog’s license with?
✔And, have you updated your address? What if you are an apartment dweller and have not changed properties but you have changed apartments? Did you update your address?
Please make these changes Pet Parents. Your dog will thank you.
Here is a sensational example of dog theft. Remember this?
Two of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs were stolen and her dog walker shot. Five people have now been arrested in the case.
April 29, 20217:18 PM ET npr.org
Poor doggies. Not to mention the dog walker that was shot up.
Watch your dogs people!
✨Okay. Sophia is fine and I have sufficiently calmed down. But what if something had happened? What could I do? And is stealing a dog actually a crime?
What Is the Penalty for Dognapping? A dog is considered personal property, so stealing a dog does not give rise to a kidnapping claim. Instead, the crime is considered to be theft or grand theft. … In some jurisdictions dognapping is considered a felony and can be punished by up to 10 years in jail.
Well, if a person decides to steal your dog and complete a dognapping, there is a penalty associated with this act. Although this is called dognapping, this is not actually a kidnapping crime. The thief would not be charged with kidnapping actually. But the real charge against this thief, if you decide to pursue charges, is grand theft. Or just theft. Depending upon where you are, dognapping is A FELONY. And under the law, the punishment is up to 10 years in jail.
Whew! Alrighty…ready to travel.
From Our Table
Farmhouse Naturals Simply Six Dry Dog Food
Today you guys are in for a treat! I’ve arranged for a video review rather than my usual written report. Enjoy.
The morning time is when we take our first brisk walk of the day and I have the time to limber up a bit in preparation for the day ahead.
Today’s review is on Farmhouse Naturals Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Pea Recipe Dog Food For Adult Dogs.
Sophia is having the Farmhouse Naturals dry meal blended with her favorite Purina Dog Chow Wet food and a bit of dry food from Amazon Wag this morning. Her beard can be messy after mealtime. Cleaning her up is a must. Every day, I set up her area for her meal.
The dripping from her beard hits the floors, baseboards, and walls, therefore this is a daily clean-up routine.
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Details: Made by Sunshine Mills
Ingredients: Real chicken meal is the #1 ingredient and there is no corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or meat by-product meal in the food. Instead, real chicken meat, brown rice, and pea recipe are the main components. Then you get Vitamin A, D3, B12, Ascorbic Acid for Vitamin C sourcing, and more.
Feed for: Active Dogs, Nutritional Balance, Muscle Care, Joint Care
Ever been recalled? Well, this one isn’t on the list however, Sunshine Mills has been involved in Dog Food Recalls For the last three years. That’s 2021, 2020, and 2019. But not to worry, the Farmhouse Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Meal has NOT been a meal on the recall list.
Star Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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See you next time. Happy Trails!