I will be taking my OES, Chester on vacation to New
Hampshire this August. The house allows dogs and the
owner already knows we're bringing and OES and she loves them. My son and a friend are going and they are 13 and
Chester loves to hang with them, so it looks like it will be
a group. He will have his puppy cut for coolness. Can any
one think of any tips, I might be forgetting? Also can OES"S
swim and do they like the water?Thank you all for any
Do I have any suggestions? YES! However, right now I don't have the time to type them out...
How will you be getting there? Car? Are you guys comfortable with a trip by car for that distance with Chester in there? Got a restraint for the pooch?
We have travelled from our home base here in Boston to New Orleans with our Jakester, also South Carolina, and Wisconsin, and he's always loved it... But we do it in a motorhome! More on that later.
#1 Suggestion: Portable water dish. We like the collapsable fabric type.
#2 Suggestion: HAVE A BLAST!
Will type more soon.
|Hi Ron and all
Thanks for the tips. We have a Subaru station wagon, which is
air -conditioned and the trip should only take about 4-5hrs from
Ct. Chester sits in the back with a big gate across keeping him
from hopping around the car. No there are no restraints, otherwise
like dog seat belts and the like. I don't even know if they sell such
a thing, but I've often wondered about it, if we ever get hit from
the rear. So that is a reservation, he has his own little spot in
the back, and it's gated and air-conditioned, but if we ever got
hit he has nothing to hold him in one place. Would be grateful
for any other suggestion you might have. Thanks to all---
|Sorry I know this is probably WAY too late, but I just wanted to let you know, or anyone else who was interested that tonight, while shopping at PetCo (I swear I am living, breathing, panting, this dog!) I saw the cutest things! First was a puppy seatbelt, which I have no idea if it works and I don't think I'll be getting one but you may want to check it out, if that's what you're looking for. I only looked at it briefly but it looked like it supported the whole body of the dog. Also I saw those fabric water dishes for trips. Which I want to get ASAP, because they have a little container for your water, a little container for your food. It's just so logical! I had a golden retriever puppy a few years ago, we were raising him for my grandparents who live on a farm. Well it was so difficult when we took him to our cabin in Kentucky. We had to pour water in our hands or find sometype of bowl, and it spilled! This would have been so much easier so I'm sure it's going to be on my Christmas list! Of course it may help if we get the OES first, but that's beside the point...
Thank you for your reply. Those are all good ideas you mention.
We took Chester to New Hampshire in August and all went well.
We were in a cabin deep in the woods of NH. We have two 13 year old boys so he had lots of company. Well thank goodness
he had Front Line on him, because the place had fleas! So all the
fleas jumped off Chester and on to us. Oh well, it's too cold for
He has a new problem, which I have to post in the behavior
section. He is turning into a "couch potato". His favorite show
is Animal planet. He gets very animated when it comes on,
as well as other TV programs. Ever here of this problem with
Thanks again Alex for your suggestions and keep us posted
about your dog.
First was a puppy seatbelt, which I have no idea if it works and I don't think I'll be getting one...
Hi Alex! Can I nicely pester you to get one? If it's the same one as mine, it's like a harness and there's a loop on the back to put the seatbelt through. Not only will it keep the puppy in place while someone is driving and therefore not disrupt the driver (think of how Stephen King got hit!), but if you get into an accident the puppy will go flying! IMHO, a dog should be belted just like all adults and all children....
There, I said my peace!
Sounds like you have gotten a lot of great suggestions about getting Chester ready for his big trip! I am envious, because my sheepie, Guinevere, is not a big rider at all, and threrefore doesn't go on a lot of rides. But it sure sounds like Chester is going to have a great time on his family vacation!
As for your other question about OES liking water, again I am not speaking from personal experience, but I do know some folks who live in Florida witha pool and I have seen the photos of their OES floating and swimming in it. I think it is just one more thing that these guys either do or don't do, depending on their (very) varied personalities, but the answer to the question is "yes, sheepdogs can definately swim....if they choose to!"
As for me personally, the only experience I have is one time when my wife was walking Guinevere along the canal across from our house and she decided to follow some ducks into the water. She hopped right in, and apparently it was quite a shock to her that this was not just another piece of ground! She immediately started to "dog paddle" and then hopped right out, shook herself off, looked around to make sure that no one saw her, and decided that she was not a "swimming sheepie." She has never ventured into the canal again!
Good luck on the vacation!
Guinevere's Dad, Kevin Z.
|Hey Suzanne! I've got some great news for you. Last night I took Nelson on a little after Christmas shopping spree. Along with more treats and some ID tags we got Nelson that "puppy seat belt". We only tried it on the way home so it wasn't too long of a drive but thank you for convincing me into getting one.
While at the store one of the employees told me a story about a dog who hadn't had one of the seatbelts and when the woman's car stopped suddenly the dog went right into the front seat. Thank goodness he wasn't hurt but after that the woman got one of the harnesses which I think looks smashing on Nelson!
|That's great news! I'm really happy!
Tucker has just about outgrown his; he's wearing a Large but I think we'll have to get X-Large now.
Happy New Year!
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