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RV Travel Reader Pets, Oct. 1, 2016



The pets of readers

dog and photographer - leftDo you travel with a pet? We’d love to introduce your pet(s) to fellow readers. Here’s what we need: a photo or two of Fido or Boots (or you with your pet) and a 150-200 word description of your furry friend(s) — name, breed, age, how long you have traveled together, what makes them special? Go ahead and brag about them if you wish! Do you have any tips for other RVing pet lovers about traveling with pets that you’ve learned along the way? Don’t forget to give us your name(s) and hometown. Send to Diane(at) .

Issue 30; Posted Oct. 1, 2016

From Marie Potter, Lakewood, Wash.

pets-potter-9-17-2016Here are my two “pests” that travel with me.  I’m a full-timer on my own except for these two. 

I have a small dog, Booker, and a big cat, Molly. The cat had four owners in two years, so I call her my “used cat.” I’ve had her for three years. The dog’s a rescue mutt with a double dose of ears and a triple dose of terrier ‘tude.  He’s been with me for six years.

When I’m driving they fight over the pet seat on the passenger side.  After a bit of a “hissy fit” and wrangle they wind up sleeping together.  I took this picture while on a ferry crossing in Quebec. “Are we there yet?”

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From Norma Dewbre, Georgia


I travel in a Coachmen Class B campervan with my five dogs: four Yorkies and a schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle). In the picture above, they are, left to right, Kujo (schnoodle), Yahtzee, Tucker, Trouble and Bella (the only little girl).

pets-dewbre-9-10-16In the picture on the right they’re checking out the campground. The smallest one, Trouble, must have been tucked away somewhere, but he’s in the picture below with the schnoodle, Kujo, which was taken at Fort Pickens Campground in Pensacola, Fla. Yes, that’s sand, not snow — beautiful white sand.  


My dogs LOVE to camp but the schnoodle does not like to ride in the vehicle. He is scared of that and of lightning and thunder. If anyone has a remedy for that I would sure like to hear it. Have tried the thunder vest but that doesn’t work. For now he gets Valium but that doesn’t really do much good.

[Editor: If you have any suggestions to help Norma with her schnoodle’s problems, please leave a comment below.]

From Larry and Sue, Portland, Ore.

pets-larry-9-17-2016Here’s our Russian Blue, Shy. We’ve had her since she rescued us at the local animal shelter 8 years ago. Shy loves the RV lifestyle and especially her fireplace, as you can see. In fact, she can get kind of vocal if the fireplace isn’t turned on when she wants it.
Early 2017, we’re going to RV down into Baja, Mexico. We’ve tried to find out what is really required to safely take our little buddy into Mexico with us and then, a month later, return back into the USA, but there are numerous opinions out there. We’d really like to hear from REAL RVers who have taken their cats with them into Mexico. What was required? Were they actually checked at the border in either direction? Is a “shot record” enough? Anything we need to really know?

[Editor: If you have information which would be helpful for Larry and Sue, please leave your comments below.]

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Ralph Cox
6 years ago

My recommendation is to stay out of Mexico. This Country is not safe enough for me to take my rv down there not to mention my 2 cats that rv with us.

6 years ago

Had no results with Rescue Remedy Janet. Thanks tho”

Char OConnor
6 years ago

For Norma: We have two small dogs: one goes to sleep the minute we start to move in the car or RV, one is nervous and has noise anxiety. Noise anxiety is not motion sickness – he is afraid of thunder, wind noise while traveling, road rumble strips, etc I have tried Rescue Remedy which helps a bit, and Comfort Zone Adaptil Spray which helps to calm dogs, but the absolute BEST is a new drug from our vet – a prescription drug called Sileo. It’s a gel that is put between their cheek and gum, based on their weight. Lasts for 3 hours or so. $30 or so but really worth it – he is not drugged, not sedated, he just does not pant and shake. This is our new go-to help for him when we travel – check it out with your vet or online.

6 years ago
Reply to  Char OConnor

We use Sileo also…works wonders!

6 years ago
Reply to  Debi

I will check with my vet about this Char. Thanks a bunch. Hope it works for us.

6 years ago
Reply to  Char OConnor

The $30 price is for about 5-6 trips. The dosage will vary of course by the size your dog, but for a small dog like ours the prescription lasts about 6 trips or maybe a little more. So it’s about $5-$6 per trip – worth it!

6 years ago

For Norma, I have used a product called Rescue Remedy. On a couple of dogs in the past. I have found it mostly in places that sell supplements like GNC.