Pets Enjoy Outings Too!
Mary E. Adair
When you plan your vacation or
weekend jaunt, don't forget Fido, or
Trixie, or Bruno. Pets enjoy outings,
too. Just be sure to feed them lightly
before a lengthy car trip, and allow adequate time to find a place
to 'walk' them often enough for their comfort.
When you stop for recreation, do not leave the pet in the vehicle. Even with windows rolled down an inch or so, the heat can rise
rapidly inside. Many pets have suffered heat exhaustion from a
"short trip" in here or there that was unintentionally extended too
long. Bring the leash, and walk the animal right along with you.
Be aware, of course, that only sight animals for blind persons are allowed in
some areas and buildings. Don't break the local laws with your
pet. Law enforcement people are within their rights to remove a
pet from your care if you are not seeing to their basic needs. That
includes a safe (for them and for humans) sleeping place, and
Letting your animal eat "with you" is a matter of
personal choice, and is understandable when one is mostly alone
that the pet provides some mealtime company. It is not a good
idea when you are serving human guests, however, to allow the
pet to join in your mealtimes. It can be very disconcerting, if not
downright frightening to have an animal you might not even know
was anywhere around, suddenly jump up beside your chair, or
even into your lap, or on the table.
At home, pets should have their own private eating area that is
kept clean, with old uneaten food promptly removed to avoid
drawing insects to the pet's "dining room." Other animals should
not be permitted to 'vie' for your pet's food. If animals can not feed
together peacefully, then provide separate areas for them. Mealtime should be happy for your pet at home or away.
So, enjoy their company on your vacations, but keep them safe
and healthy so that you can continue to enjoy their unique
companionship for years to come.