To Travel or Not to Travel? What to Do with an Old Dog

miniature pinscher

“Do my ears make me look like a bat?”

Every day, my dog becomes a little more “vintage.”

Assuming he was at least 7 (and not the 10-12 they said) when I got him back in 2006, the dude is 14 years old at a minimum.

Every day is precious.

Consequently, I don’t like to spend a lot of time away from him beyond the obligatory 8 hours I have to put in at my non-dog-friendly office.

However, as my own company Beer Paws grows and we head into event season, I am busier than ever, with places to be on many evenings and weekends.

In Scooby’s younger days, he was my constant companion. He came to work with me. He partied with me. Anywhere he could go, I brought him.

What's a retirement fund?

What’s a retirement fund?

But as his face gets whiter, his bones more creaky and his bladder less reliable, I began to feel it is easier on him if I don’t take him everywhere. I’ve been leaving him at home during local events and booking him at the kennel when I travel, with the idea of not upsetting his routine too much.

But you know what?

I haven’t been giving the old guy enough credit.

He’s an excellent roadtrip copilot. He just sleeps until the car stops moving or stares at me while I drive.

And people love to meet my little smiling dog when he hangs out with me at Beer Paws events. (It’s just better if the event is outdoors, so I don’t have to feel bad if he has an accident.)

miniature pinscher wearing a hoodie

Cinco de Mayo 2013

In the next blog post, I’ll talk about some of the elderpin’s recent travel adventures.

In the meantime, share in the comments your thoughts about taking old dogs on the road.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on May 2, 2014, in Dogs, Dogtography, Scooby and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Our oldest dog, Turbo, is a sweet white face dachshund who goes to work everyday with his dad. Even at 12, he will take 3 hour road trips. He would not have it any other way. I think if he did not keep him active, his age would show more.

  2. Our dear old girl Maxi is 13 and suffers from arthritis in her back legs so we’ve reduced the long road trips because she can’t settle comfortably in the car. We have wonderful dog sitters that look after our dogs and our house, it costs the same as putting them in a boarding kennel but much less stress especially on the old girl. Your little fellow looks very happy to be out and about, it is lovely that you can still take him with you :-)

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