We’re a travel-with-the-dogs family. We went to Europe a couple years ago and I missed my dogs so much it hurt. I remember being in the middle of the Black Forest and wishing my dogs could be there to enjoy the beautiful hike with us. Or…the Mediterranean was breathtaking, but all I could think of is “Wow, the Labradors would love this beach!” We made our lodging choices based on which ones had dogs!
Our annual vacation since forever has been Lake Anna in central Virginia. We go there for a lot of reasons, but mainly because (a) we can take the dogs and (b) the dogs have more fun on vacation than we do. We have Labradors — is there anything better than an entire lake just for the dogs?
For years, we’ve been toying with the idea of a “new” vacation. Maybe fly out west and find our inner cowboy. I’ll spend a month or two, deftly researching all our options, deciding which ranch has dogs (because, really, we wouldn’t even consider a ranch without dogs). Then, when it comes down to sending in a deposit and making a reservation, it always comes back to “Nah, I’d rather spend our vacation at the lake with the dogs.”
It’s cheaper yes, to stay at my parents’ place on Lake Anna. No airfare, no lodging costs.
More importantly, the dogs love it.
And, because they love it, we love it.
Needless to say, we’ll be headed back to Lake Anna this year for vacation. And we’ll love it — dogs included.
Do you travel with your dog?
If dogs could travel on their own, I often think it’d be like this. This happens to be one of my favorite commercials on tv right now. I really identify with what that last dog is driving. Makes me laugh every time I see it.
So, think about it: What IF your dog could travel on his own. What would his doggie driver’s license look like? Subaru’s Facebook Page is pretty tricked out right now and it’s gonna make dog lover’s pretty darn happy. One of the cool things you can do there is create your dog’s very own driver’s license! I did it for my favorite traveling companion, Tango — that’s his DL at the beginning of this post! [Note: don’t use your real address, as that information will go on your dog’s drivers license and will be posted!]
Subaru must be pretty dog-friendly. What with the commercials, the Facebook page, and the cool apps — I think the CEO (or at least the marketing chief) must have several dogs. Their Facebook page has lots of cool doggie options. I mentioned the doggie driver’s license earlier, they also have a Doggie Matchmaker (it’ll tell you what Subaru is the right set of wheels based on your dog’s age, breed, and favorite activity. They said Tango would look great in a Subaru Forester.
Forester gives you the versatility to go from forest reserve to kennel club and back with the balance of right-sized utility and fuel efficiency.
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In the spirit of full disclosure, this post is sponsored by Subaru. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign.