Sep 4 2009

A Date with Your Dog

Cohen & Satchmo at the drive-in!

Cohen & Satchmo at the Drive-In!

Do you have a penchant for pooches?  Are you a dog devotee, a K-9 Kisser, a dog lover and most importantly, a dog parent?  If you are , like me,  you are probably always looking for ways to spend more time with your four-legged buddy.

Recently, my husband and I participated in the now cliche “stay-cation”.  Our week at home, however, was renamed the “dog-cation”.  All things dog: parks, parks and more parks, restaurants and movies!  Drive-in movies to be exact.  Remember when you were a kid- brown grocery bag full of popcorn, sweatshirts, blankets, pillows, bad sound system and watching the teenagers in the next car over rather than watching the movie?

When we considered the drive-in, it had been years since either of us had been.  Do they even allow dogs?  We decided to give it a shot, willing to call it a night if our buddies weren’t invited.  It turned out to be the perfect night.  Our dogs were welcomed at the gate with dog biscuits and free entry.  We were not as lucky, doling out $9 each for the double feature!  After we overcame the dogs steaming up the windows, and the bad sound system we really relaxed into a fun night on the town with our dogs.

While our dogs easily settle in and are willing to lie around, I realize that not all dogs are equal.  Here are some tips:

1. Plan ahead.  Leashes and collars for everyone.  Choose a spot to park near the outer edge so you have easier acces to potty spots and don’t forget the poop bags.

2. Never leave them alone in the car when you need to take a potty break.

3. Make it fun event for them.  Fill a couple of Kongs with tasty treats and bring a few busy bones.

4. Bring water.  I like filling a decent sized Tupperware dish and remove the lid when they get thirsty.  This prevents spills during travel.

5.  Bring a dog bed for them to snuggle during the movie.

Have fun and remember to always practice good dog etiquette!

Written by Barbara Poe, Adoption Program Manager at Wayside Waifs


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