For the past four years, we have. We live in Delaware, and this will be year number four that we rent a pet-friendly house for a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (about an 8 hr drive with stops). Also, this past June, we went to Berkeley Springs, WV (about 3 hours away) and did the same. We arranged any activities where dogs couldn’t attend (like going out to dinner) so they weren’t left alone for more than 3 hours, since both were used to a dog door versus waiting till someone lets them out to do their business. If we wanted to do something that was going to be longer than that (like going to visit a few light houses), we would take them along. Each of us would take their turn checking out the part the dogs couldn’t do (like climbing to the top of the light house) and the other one of us would walk around with the hounds. Always worked out very nicely because the dogs are mellow and good car travelers.
I have taken Jake (my older beagle) to see the snow in Minnesota. He loved it!!! Then a year or so ago we decided that since he saw snow, he should experience the ocean and sand. We packed both dogs (Jake and Lily) and drove down to Galveston TX for a weekend. Jake loved the car ride, but Lily not so much! She panted the entire 8+ hours it took us to get down there. We ended up putting her in the kennel which helped some. Jake went wading in the water, but Lily ran from it. I think they enjoyed smelling the different scents. I would love to get Jake back down to the beach one last time, we’ll see if we can make it this November. Jake has also gone camping with us in Oklahoma. He did well until the sun went down. That was when I found out he was a big fat chicken and was afraid of the dark! He would climb in my lap as we sat around the fire. He didn’t have as much fun on that trip as he did in the snow. We won’t be doing that again and especially not with loud-mouth Lily!
Wow, typing this out I notice a theme…we do way more with Jake than with Lily. Of course that might be because she is truly a beagle! Hunter, barker, runner…exact opposite from Jake!
Before we moved to Florida, Huey and Brady went with us to North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. There are hotels out there that let your dogs stay free. Red Roof Inn is one of them and they usually will put you on the first floor near a grassy area. Some Days Inn will allow doggies free also. Some places require them to be caged and/or out of the room when housekeepiing is working in the room.
Brady and Huey also stayed at the Best Friends Kennel on the Disney property in Orlando. I would highly recommend this kennel if you are visiting Disney World. You can purchase Pluto shaped frozen treats for the dogs and the place is immaculate. They are also open as long as the park is open so you can check on your “child”.
Sadly we cannot take our hounds on our sailboat charters in the Caribbean. It’s really a bummer – I love island hopping in paradise, but at the same time I miss my beagles terribly. And of course I worry about them when I’m gone.
Hasn’t been much of an issue in the last 6 -8 years as we haven’t done any major trips, but sooner or later we’re going to get island fever!
Cathy, it’s probably good for the safety of the world that you can’t take them. I can see The Loaf leading a mutiny, taking over the ship, and then terrorizing the high seas a la’ Beagles (instead of Pirates) of the Caribbean. (Use your Lily voice, now!). “Prepare to be boarded! We don’t want rum or booty, give us your smoked pork fat!!”
Arggghh, maties, my Scotty Pirate (aka Captain Blackspot) would be more than happy to join the crew–although it may be difficult, being from landlocked Iowa. He’s our beagle boy whose eyeliner rivals that of Johnny Depp (hence the Pirate moniker).
Oh man did this exchange crack me up! You guys are right on the money too – my husband and I sail here on San Francisco Bay when we’re not cruising the islands, and we are well known around the bay for our elaborate and fearsome pirate costumes.
We got JB as a puppy 8 years ago and before then we used to visit the US twice a year on holiday, visiting Florida, Arizona, California and Hawaii. We said we would continue to do that and put JB in kennels, but when he was 3 months old we rented a cottage in the New Forest and took him with us. He was wonderful, although we put newspaper down in the kitchen every night he never had an accident and he loved being with us. So since then we’ve had a cottage in various parts of the UK and always taken him, and now Cassie too, with us.
I have to say I don’t miss all the travelling and seeing our own country is great, especially having the dogs with us.
The one time we attempted a vacation with the beagles, it was such a disaster that we have not repeated it. Granted, they were still puppies (about 8 months old), but it was traumatizing for all involved. We drove to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to meet my parents. About 9 hours from our house. Cobalt does NOT like to ride in cars, so he whined and cried the entire way. We had taken the middle seat out of the minivan and put their crate right behind us. Erich & I both had headaches before we left Ohio! And Onyx barked to alert us that Cobalt was unhappy. Then Cobalt got out of our room- which was on the 2nd floor near a busy street. He bolted for the stairs, and my Dad ran after him (with me close behind) because Dad was the one who wasn’t thinking as he came through the door and technically, it was his fault the dog got out. Fortunately, Cobalt wasn’t very fond of stairs and these were open stairs, so he stopped dead in his tracks. My heart still pounds thinking about it!
I am very lucky- Erich doesn’t like traveling. So he stays home and I can visit my family or make the trips I need to for work. Of course– we all know how well THAT worked out last time!
Speaking of beagles whining and crying in the car . . . A few months after we adopted Cody my sister and I took him in my car with us to get some things from Wal-Mart (about 8 miles from our home). I went into the store while Lori stayed in the car to keep Cody from getting too upset. When I came back to the car she informed me that Cody had whined and cried the entire time i was gone (maybe 20 minutes or so). To top it off, he also became quite flatulent, which he does when he’s excited or stressed. By the time we got back home she had a headache AND was sick to her stomach from the noise and the smell. She had to take a couple of aspirin and lie down for awhile before she felt better!
Side note: I think Cody is finally starting to become more comfortable with riding in the car. Henry is fine unless Cody really gets the tension going, then Henry will react. I seldom take the boys anywhere in the car together except for weekends when we go to the local dog park, about 12 miles from home. I just got a new car (!!!) and am thinking of ways I can dog-proof the inside when the boys are along – lots of blankets and rugs on the floor and seats, etc.