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Has anyone done the trip from Michigan to Florida with their dog? What should we bring for him, and any suggestions on a nice motel/hotel to stay at that is clean on our way down and home?

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

Red Roof Inn accepts dogs all across the country! Just stop every few hours and you should be fine. Most animals don't eat or drink much when traveling. Take the dog for a long walk when you get to the hotel at night to burn off some energy and do the same thing in the morning (even if you have to wake up early to get a walk in.) This will reduce the dog's anxiety and help them sleep better. And always put the dog in a crate in the car. This will make them feel more safe and secure.

Remember, dogs are pack animals that loved being in a den, so the crate is a natural safe place for them. Make it cozy with a bath mat and a toy. You shouldn't have any problems. Oh, and always be safe when taking the dog out for a bathroom break. You don't know what will spook him and you don't want him to squirm away and get run over! Always stop at a rest stop or restaurant, but park away where it's more quiet. The dog will be excited when you let him out and you want as little chaos as possible.

-Lee in FL

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March 30, 20090 found this helpful

I have moved from Phoenix to Ohio with two cats. I know you're supposed to keep them in carriers for safety but though 8 hours a day for 5 days was inhumane. We layed 1/2 of the back seat down and put a litter pan, collapsable water bowl and small bowl of food back there and let them enjoy the trip too. The old guy mostly layed on the floor behind the drivers seat but the 5 year old thought is was an excellent adventure! Most Best Westerns, Super 8, Red Roof Inn and Holiday Inn Express will accomodate pets for a $10 charge. Have a GREAT time!

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