King Charles Spaniel Seattle
Dog Jaunt is for people who want to take their dog along with them, on trips of any length. Sometimes, of course, you absolutely can’t bring your dog with you: your workplace forbids dogs, or you’re visiting a country with grim quarantine laws, or you happen to know that the Met searches visitors’ bags and all will be revealed once the zipper of your tote opens. I write about those other times, when you can bring your dog with you but you hesitate because of the trouble it will entail. You love your dog! She hates being left behind! You hate leaving her! Now you don’t have to, because I’ll tell you about great dog-friendly places I’ve found (and how to find more yourself), and I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about getting there and back safely and comfortably (even if “there” is just around town on an errand run).
Please note that this blog is directed primarily at owners of small dogs, meaning a dog small enough to fit in a carrier under the airplane seat in front of you. Our dog is that size, and that’s what I know most about. Some of the posts, though, will be useful and relevant to bigger dogs.
Please also note that I nearly always refer to a dog as “she” or “her.” I don’t mean to offend or exclude your male dog — it’s just that I have a female dog, so for me all dogs are female until proven otherwise.
My name is Mary-Alice Pomputius and I live with my husband, four cats, two chickens and a dog in Seattle. Our dog, Chloe, is a young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and we love her dearly. We added a dog to the menagerie because we also love our cats dearly, but they decline to travel with us. We travel often, in the U.S. and abroad, and on nearly every trip we found ourselves wishing that our feet-up time included a snoozing pet. I also spend a lot of time driving, and liked the idea of having a dog along for the ride. We chose a Cavalier because they are the right size (we wanted a dog small enough to fit in a carrier under an airline seat or in an over-the-shoulder tote) and the right temperament for us.