August 13th

Mutt Mulligan in the car

 The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 is the year of the domestic road trip. For many families, that means taking Fido along for the ride. The voice for the TurfMutt Foundation, Mutt Mulligan, loves a road trip as much as the next pooch.

Here are TurfMutt’s top tips for keeping your fur babies safe when you hit the road with the whole family in tow.

  • Record Keeper. It’s a good idea to pack your pup’s vet records just in case, including her proof of rabies vaccine.
  • Got ID? Make sure your dog’s microchip and tag information is up to date and includes your cell phone number.
  • Ride Safe. A crate or carrier is the safest spot for Spot in the car. Make sure it’s big enough that he can lie down, sit, stand, and turn around. Put the crate in an area that is well-ventilated.
  • Pet Packing. You’ll want to pack a bag for your dog that includes her leash, waste bags, food, water, bowls, medication, and first-aid supplies. Throw in a favorite toy or dog blanket to make her feel right at home, even on the road.
  • Never Alone. Don’t ever leave your dog alone in a parked car. Check the Internet for dog-friendly restaurants and hotels along your route so you can map out a pup-friendly experience.
  • Go for Green. Seek out community parks, open spaces, rest areas, and dog parks along your route that will give your pup a chance to stretch his legs and get in some green time. Research shows just five minutes in green space can help humans de-stress, as well.

The TurfMutt Foundation’s spokesdog, Mutt Mulligan or “MoMo”, a real life rescue dog, reminds people to adopt a dog in need and give him or her a forever home.

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