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Can You Help Transport a Dog from Sydney to Bowral/Goulburn on Friday for Paws and Recover?

Paws and Recover – is a registered Not-For-Profit Organisation who are establishing an infrastructure of volunteers to support people by sharing the care of their pets during a health crisis and difficult times.

Through a network of volunteers, Paws and Recover offers practical help such as dog walking, respite pet care, fostering, dog and cat grooming, transporting pets to vets and support in assisting people care for their animals during times of illness.

They have put out a call for help!

“I need to transport a dog to Yass on Friday. The people at the other end can probably come to either Goulburn or even Bowral area .

Is there anyone that might be able to help please. I’m happy to pay for petrol and tolls if you can help or know anyone that can help.”

Many thanks

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Feb 12, 2013 | 0 | Miscellaneous, travel

Traveling With Your Dog: Tips for Success

By Lisa A Mason

If you’re planning a vacation or trip with your dog, there are some things to know first. Traveling with your dog does not have to be a difficult challenge but it definitely helps to plan ahead. First, you need to know where you are going, how far the trip is and how long you will be there. Next, you need to know how you will travel. Will you drive or fly? Are you considering a train or other form of transportation?

For many people, their pets are like part of the family. Unfortunately, not everyone sees them this way and there are some places where dogs are not allowed (unless he’s a service animal). So you need to ensure you have a hotel that will allow your dog to stay with you. If you’re flying, you must check with the airlines first to see if they allow pets and what arrangements are made for their travel.

Many dog owners just love to drive with their beloved canine in the seat next to them. Many dogs actually grow very accustomed to traveling in vehicles, even for long distances and will sit quietly and calm during the travel. You can help train your dog to enjoy car rides by taking him for them when possible, starting with smaller, short trips until he becomes used to it and enjoys the ride. Offer lots of praise and treats and show her you are proud of her.

Here are some additional tips for traveling with your dog:

· Make sure you pack supplies and any prescription meds, the food your dog normally eats at home, etc.

· Give your dog a lot of exercise before the trip and whenever possible, let her out for regular stretches while traveling.

· Plan ahead to have dog-friendly accommodations.

· When driving with your dog, use a travel crate. This is the safest option and it’s like a child car seat, which absorbs the impact in the event of an accident.

· Have an identification tag on your dog and his crate in case they become separated or your dog gets lost in a strange place.

· Don’t feed immediately before the trip as some dogs get motion sickness.

Traveling with your dog can be a pleasant experience for you both, especially when you take the time to plan accordingly. What are some of your tips for traveling with your dog?

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Aug 07, 2012 | 0 | travel

Dog Car Seats – Why You Need Them

By Mich Ching

Dogs are great companions, entertainers and friends. They love to go everywhere with their masters, whether just for a walk along the park or a drive around the city. We all know how our four-legged furry friends love to ride cars. You might think that it’s fun to see your dogs happily sticking their heads and tongues outside the car window. But did you know that this situation, as cute as it may seem, could cause them some serious trouble? Without proper seating and security, you are risking not only your precious pet’s life but your life as well.

Dogs are highly curious and playful creatures in nature. They love to run around and inspect anything that captures their interest. However, a dog playing and jumping around the car could put you and your dog’s life in a very dangerous situation. It could distract the person driving the car, or worse, block the view which could result in a fatal accident. This is one of the reasons why having a dog car seat in your vehicle is a must when traveling with your pets.

Dog car seats come in different sizes and designs. Small dogs typically require small seats, but these days, there are dog car seats which are specially designed for small dog breeds so that they can see the view outside the window. Nevertheless, whether your dog is a Miniature Dachshund or a Rottweiler, you definitely have to measure your dog and get them a seat that fits them well. If the dog car seat is poorly fitted, it will be uncomfortable for your dog and could cause them to wander around the car instead – which is exactly what we are trying to avoid in the first place.

Just like any trick, you need to take some time and effort to train your dog. They need to be trained on how to sit and stay still on their dog car seat while on the road. It could be quite challenging and could take quite some time for them to learn, just like potty training, but in the end, it’s definitely worth it. Once they are trained well, you could drive smoothly without having to constantly look after your dog.

It is your responsibility as a dog owner to keep your pet safe and comfortable at all times. Your dog’s life is precious so you must not hesitate to make extra effort to ensure your dog’s safety. So on your next road trip with your four-legged furry friend, consider getting a dog car seat.

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Nov 21, 2011 | 0 | dog safety, travel

Locating Dog-Friendly Places To Stay

By Tony B Lumpkin III

Dog owners have numerous choices today as more and more dog-friendly places to stay have become available.

Hotels and Hotels

Gone are the days when you and Your dog had to stay in a “flea bag” hotel. Many chain motels and even high-end hotels offer pet accommodations. The charges for dogs can differ as a single charge or nightly charge. Some hotels offering frequent customer memberships may even waive the charge for members. Do take into consideration, that even when the motel is pet-friendly, it doesn’t suggest that your dog will be able to stay in the room with you. Some provide lavish kennel-like accommodations for your dog. Check when you make reservations at a new place.

For anyone hotels where your dog can remain with you, a few hotels provide pet beds, food and water dishes.

Another thing to consider is location. Does the motel have a pathway or perhaps park close by so that you can walk your dog? If not, inquire with the hotel where a good place would be. Also, what if you would like to head out for the evening and cannot leave the dogs within the room? Ask whether there is a pet-sitting service available? Otherwise, Fido might have to head out along with you and sit in the car….weather permitting.

Alternative Pet Lodgings

So many people are looking at options to hotels and motels and staying at privately-owned accommodations. There are several websites to visit and allow one to do a search for pet-friendly rentals only. This avoids the hassle of needing to check the dog guidelines of every individual property. The global websites list properties as well as condominiums. You work directly with the owner. As with any kind of lodging for you and your dog, the standard policies apply: No animals on furniture, tidy up after pets, etc. There is nearly always a cleaning and/or pet deposit required which may or may not be returned dependent upon the owner’s conditions and terms. Some charge you a cleaning charge regardless of how neat you and your pet are. Besides providing the comfort of a “home” away from home, most owners supply a folder or binder with details about the lodging as well as community sight-seeing opportunities, dining places, unexpected emergency info and local contacts. Because this is someone’s house, other comforts unavailable in a inn may be provided such as board games, DVD and blu-ray, bar-b-q, reading materials, and also a fully-equipped cooking area. To locate your pet-friendly house or condo, log onto one of the well-known websites and select your desired area. You can filter your search for those that are pet-friendly or they may indicate so by the paw print symbol. In the posting, the required charges and rules are often defined, but a quick e-mail or telephone call should answer any basic questions.

In summary, keep in mind for the dogs and you, it comes down to courteous, good actions. Clean up after your pet and try to have them on a leash whenever out of the room. Traveling with your dog really should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both parties and it’s easier than ever to find dog friendly places to stay!

Tony B Lumpkin III is an avid adventure seeker living in Austin, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience traveling with dogs on planes, in cars, and numerous hotels. He contributes to a popular website devoted to dog travel. For more valuable doggie travel tips on traveling by plane, please visit =>

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Oct 18, 2011 | 0 | travel

Dogs In Cars – Getting Ready For Your Journey

By Tony B Lumpkin III

Vacationing with your dogs in cars can be one of the greatest pleasures for both of you. Of course, making preparations pertaining to this kind of voyage involve the both of you as well. Taking a few minutes of your time before you venture, will make the journey more pleasant and safer.


Can I see some Identification please…

It might appear unnecessary, but keep a duplicate of your veterinarian’s name, phone number and facsimile number handy. There are hotels that will need evidence of current vaccinations, so having a duplicate on hand could help you save time and hassle. We all assume that your pet dog already possesses some sort of dog collar. Getting a good Identification tag is an easy matter. Virtually every veterinary clinic and pet shop offers forms or even the ability to help make your own. We also suggest that the dog be microchipped. This can be achieved without having anesthesia, and it’s also a simple process. If both you and your dog are divided while on a trip, this can boost the odds of reuniting you with your dog.

Is it safe?

The majority of us think about making use of some sort of seatbelt second nature, but many haven’t secured their dog in a car. What many usually do not consider is the fact your dog unfastened in a car is actually a safety issue for them also. Studies show that a great many have been distracted simply by their dogs. As the cell phone regulations point out, “Distracted driving is impaired driving.”

Choosing to secure your pet is a thing, figuring out the best way to is yet another. It’s not as though seat belts are made with regard to dogs, regardless of their size and weight. The simplest way to restrain your canine is with a harness. There are numerous varieties offered at virtually any pet store or online. These fabric harnesses can be found in a number of sizes and also have a loop at the back section perfect for affixing on your own seatbelt while travelling as well as your leash upon arrival.

The next level of comfort and security is a pet carseat. These can range from a cushion to a full-fledged car seat including micro suede lining and drawer for leads and other accessories. In addition to safety, these have the additional benefit of enabling your pet dog to experience the panorama. For those of you with large dogs, this may not necessarily look like a problem, but for people with smaller dogs, this is often a real plus. With a more compact dog, you can get a car seat that can double as a dog bed after arrival. While a number of hotels can provide dog beds, others will not and will merely state that your dog not rest on the hotel furniture.

Are we there yet?

For many of us our pet dogs are like our children – the good and the not-so-good parts. Traveling in a car together with your dog will require patience for additional regular rest stops. Older dogs particularly, will need to stretch out their legs and take more frequent potty breaks. Many rest areas currently have pet specific sites.

Of course, make sure you don’t forget to pack dog disposal bags for the trip. While quite a few places provide them, it is best to have your own. Picking up after your dog is fundamental manners. Please be a conscientious dog owner.

Tony B Lumpkin III is an outdoorsman and semi-retired executive living in Austin, Texas. With over 20 years of extensive experience traveling with dogs in cars. He now contributes to a popular website devoted to dog travel. For more valuable doggie travel tips, please visit the website =>

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Sep 23, 2011 | 0 | travel

Kranskybulldog – How and Why I Died..

This is a must read for anyone contemplating relocating overseas and taking their beloved pet with them.


“After an exciting and arduous 2010 making our new movie, Belinda, Jon and I decided to go live in Berlin. We engaged the services of Sydney based Animal Travel to organise and oversee my trip to Germany. Run by Ken and Narelle Hammond, they came highly recommended within the French Bulldog community and advertise themselves as the “Veterinary Qualified Animal Travel Specialists making International Animal Travel easy for your Very Important Pet…[our] charter is to provide professional, competent and caring pet transportation relocation services…we care about your pets as if they were our own and their safety and comfort is always our highest priority.” These services are offered for a substantial fee, in my case $2297.00.”

Click here to read the whole story of what happened to Kransky and what is going on now.

“His only justice will be found in the realm of public opinion, so please forward, post, tweet, email.. ” Jon says..

And once you have read the story you will see why this is so important to do so. Please pass this on to your friends.. for Kransky’s sake and help give some semblance of comfort to Jon and Belinda by doing so.


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Mar 24, 2011 | 1 | travel

Tips on How to Travel With a Dog

By Chris Cascade

Animals become a part of one’s lives from the day they are adopted. For that reason, it can be hard to be separated from them during extended trips and many pet owners instead prefer to take their pets along while they travel. Here are a few tips one can follow for a safe and happy traveling with their pets.

Pre Trip Preparations: First thing, take the pet to the local veterinarian two days prior to the departure and get a complete medical examination. Do not take the dog on the journey if the veterinarian advises that the dog is not healthy enough for a trip. Trips can be very stressful for your pets, so make sure they are healthy enough to travel. Also, check to make sure your pet is up to date on all his shots. You may need vaccination records depending on where you are traveling, and you should be sure to take copies of all the relevant papers and documents you might need. Remember the collar and the tags as well. Make sure that there is no chance of a identification crisis if the pet gets lost during your trip. It is good to have a list of hotels/motels well in advance that allow pets.

During Travel: If the mode of transport is car, get the dog used to it first if at all possible. Take it for short rides and train them to sit at one place. Dogs are really smart animals and they will be able to abide by your instructions and most love to travel in a car as well. Carry a crate if the dog is comfortable with it. They are good when it comes to safety of the pet. Keep the car well ventilated during the travel. Make sure that there is free flow of air into the crate. Avoid continuous long runs and take breaks at regular intervals.

If the mode of transport is a plane, then a crate is mandatory. Make sure you have all the necessary documents including but not limited to health certificates, registration proof and more. Contact the concerned airlines prior to the journey and make specific arrangements. Remember that each airlines will have their own set of rules in this regard.

Post Journey: If you notice in strange behavior after returning home from your trip, you should take your dog to the local veterinarian as soon as possible. The dog may have contacted some diseases during the course of the journey.

Following the above tips could ensure that both you and your dog have a safe and happy journey.

If you love working with animals, you may want to look into veterinary technician schools and veterinary assistant training. The veterinary assistant salary is lower than a vet tech, but both of the fields offer the joys of working with pets on a daily basis.

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Feb 15, 2011 | 1 | travel

Travelling With Dogs

By Loraaine Van Niekirk

One of the most important things to remember about dogs and travelling is that some dogs like to travel and some of them don’t. If your dog does not like travelling, there may be a number of things you have to remember before going on a journey.

If travelling is expected to take only an hour or a few hours at the most, your dog may be all right. In only a few instances it may be necessary to give the dog a mild sedative. Before you decide on a sedative, or whether or not to sedate the dog, check with your local veterinarian first. He will know exactly what to administer prior to travelling.

When taking your dog on a journey, put it in a kennel or a suitable container made for that purpose and ensure that the latter is secured to prevent it from falling over and moving around in general, and at the same time injuring the dog. In certain countries dogs are not allowed to move freely inside a vehicle and the reason for that is obviously to protect both the dog and passengers and prevent injury or even death in case of an emergency.

Another thing to remember is that some dogs suffer from claustrophobia when contained in a dark space, and some of them may also suffer from motion sickness. Make sure the kennel has good ventilation and has sufficient space for the dog to stand up and turn around.

If your journey involves driving by car, the best thing you could do before undertaking a trip is to feed the dog at least six hours prior to departure. Take fresh water and a water bowl for the dog so that it could have some water during the journey. This is especially advisable during hot, summer conditions. Food should also be taken along in case your travelling is delayed at some point. If feeding becomes necessary during your journey, only feed the dog small quantities of food at a time. It is best to have food and water ready in the event of an emergency. It may also be a good idea to travel during the night when it may be a lot cooler than during the day. Remember to take the dog’s collar and leash with on your journey. During lengthy trips it may be necessary to stop once in a while and take the dog for a walk in order to stretch its legs and to visit the bathroom.

When your dog has to travel by air, and this happens often when people relocate over a vast distance, it is always best to have a sedative administered beforehand. You must remember that when travelling by air, animals are put into the cargo hold and they may become upset by a number of conditions. Remember to consult an airline official to ascertain the necessity of a booking. It is usually necessary to book well in advance. The reason for that is that an airline will not transport flowers and animals on the same trip. Neither will they transport human remains and an animal on the same trip. So there are good, valid reasons why you should book in advance. If your travelling involves across the border moves, make sure you have the correct travel documents for the dog as well as a certificate from the veterinarian stating that your dog is healthy, conforms to all prerequisites and that inoculations are up to date. In the event of air travel, check with the airline. If your paperwork is not in order, your entry could be delayed or entry for the dog could be declined.

A last word of caution; don’t let your dog become excited or nervous prior to your departure. Do your packing and organizing at a leisurely pace and they should be okay.

Happy travelling and enjoy the journey!

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Jan 30, 2011 | 0 | Tips, travel

Choosing Dog Car Seat Covers

By Michelle L Harrison

Buying a car covers of some description is essential for dog owners. Some dogs are always in the car going for walks and visits and smelly damp dog if not good on your fabric seats. It is worth investing in a cover for even the occasional trip as some dogs are car sick. There is so many dog car covers on the market it is easy to buy the wrong one and waste your money and patience with the an unsuitable cover.

Things to consider when buying a cover

Do you want permanent covers or removable covers?

It depends how often you will need to use them. Car seat covers that are designed to look like car seat fabric usually require quite a bit of adjusting to look right and will need fixing in place. These are ideal if you only need minimal protection for your car seats or you are covering up old or dirty car seats. These can be universal or more tailored to fit and can transform the look of the inside of your car. They are not really suitable for dogs being in the car a lot and will only provide minimal protection, you may need to use other protection on top of these. Most covers especially made for dogs are designed to be easily removable with simple headrest strips etc or can be kept in the car permanently and can be rolled up or zipped off when the car needs to be used for humans.

Do you need to use the car for passengers too?

Most car owners want to use their car for humans too. There are rear car covers which can be unzipped in half allowing passenger and dog to share the back seat. Most good covers also have access to seatbelts so that even if you don’t remove the cover the seatbelts can still be accessed. For front seats there are covers that can be discreetly rolled up into a cushion.

Is you dog liable to be muddy and/or wet?

If your dog is going for walks or has a tendency to be car sick it would be worth investing in something heavy duty rather than the nylon protective seat covers. The heavy duty covers also protect against dog claws which plain nylon covers may not. If you dog is large or can get very muddy or wet it would be worth getting a hammock rear cover. This is secured on the front headrests and sits hammock like over the back seats. This means that the back of the front seats and the floor are covered too as well as the whole of the rear seat. Most of these covers are waterproof protecting your seats further and help prevent them smelling like damp dog. Not a good smell in your car. Make sure they can be washed too so you can freshen them up in the machine or hand wash them without the covers falling apart.

Is your dog going on the front or rear seat?

You need to decide where in the car the dog is going to be sitting. Whether he should be in the car or confined to the boot in a cage or similar. If you do have the dog in the car you will need to use suitable car restraints for them. Most of these work with the cars seat belts so access to seat belts is an important consideration. Car seat covers made for dogs should have these but it is worth checking to make sure. If it is a front seat cover that you need then the air bags will need to be accommodated. Not all front seats have integral air bags but in a lot of new cars they are inbuilt within the seat. For them to function correctly the seat cover need to be air bag compatible. When buying rear seat covers you may need to out the seats down when the dog is not in the car for access to the boot. Some rear covers can be zipped apart for this purpose. Rear seats wither fold down 50:50 or 60:40 and if you need this function look for a spilt fold cover. When you need access they can be unzipped and the rear seats can be folded down without having to remove the covers.

When these points are considered it should give you an idea exactly what kind of covers you require.

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Oct 06, 2010 | 2 | travel

Dog Seat Belts – Why Every Owner Should Use One

By Jesseme Bysong

In a crash test, a 35 lb. crash test dummy dog generates over 1,100 lbs. of force at 30 MPH! That’s just a 35lb dog. Imagine the result of a quick turn, sudden stop or accident. A dog becomes a flying object that could seriously injure or kill him and/or the passengers in the vehicle.

An unrestrained dog could jump in the drivers lap and block his or her vision. The dog roaming around the car could distract or jump in the drivers lap and cause an accident. There have been incidents where small dogs have gotten under the driver’s brake pedal impairing their ability to stop.

Dogs have been known to get overzealous and have leaped from moving vehicles. Dogs who enjoy sticking their heads out the window have been picked up and pulled right out of their seat by high winds. I personally know of such an incident and thankfully the dog had been safely restrained. She just dangled against the car door. She was a little shook up but unharmed. If not for the dog seat belt, she would have been thrown onto a busy street and most likely would have died.

In an event of an accident, a traumatized dog could run away. An attack could occur against the very people who are trying to help you and your pet. If the dog was to run into traffic another accident may happen.

When deciding on which dog seat belt to use for your dog, make sure he or she can sit or lay down while wearing it. Make sure the harness provides comfort yet stability and works by holding the dog in place with a strap that attaches to the car’s seat belt system. This will not put pressure on the dog’s neck in case an accident does occur. As you can see, there are some obvious as well as not so obvious reasons to always have your dog safely buckled in. Don’t learn the hard way.

Jess Bysong is a Pet Advisor with Petlane Paws and Whiskers. Pets health, safety, and well being is her passion and focus in life. She educates owners about the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of their pets. For more information and to purchase dog seatbelts today visit:

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Jun 01, 2010 | 0 | dog safety, travel