RVing With Pets
Many folks already know the benefits associated with having a pet. Their need for exercise and care translates to more activity for their human counterparts. Plus, having a dog, cat, or other critter can improve one’s overall well-being. The Animal Health Foundation cites eight health benefits of having a pet: increased physical activity, less stress, lower blood pressure, lower risk of strokes and heart attacks, and alleviation of depression, among others.
If you leave your pets at home when you travel, consider taking them along on your next RV trip. In addition to the pleasure of having your pet's companionship, you'll save money on kennel or pet-sitting fees. Sounds like a win! This month we offer some enticements to do so: tips on finding a dog park, making your own dog treats, and turning your furry one into an Instagram star, for starters.
Finally, check out several pet travel articles from the December 2021 issue of Family RVing magazine, which discuss RVing with big dogs, calming your canine, and road tripping with cats.
Now, start a new travel list: leash, water bowl, food, bed, treats, toys. . . .
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A Walk In The (Dog) Park
No matter what type of RV you travel in, you can enjoy the comforts of home that hotels or rental properties can’t provide — your personal décor, the ease of being in your own place, the reassurance that you have what you need with you.
Why not take the dog along, too? Many RVers enjoy traveling with their beloved family pet. It’s a bonus to have your furry friend right by your side during your journeys.
Like humans, pets need some essentials along the way Thanks to technology, they’re easier than ever to find — even down to locating a dog park. After all, our best friends need to stretch their legs, just as we do.
RuffGrip offers some tips on how to find a dog park near you. It suggests several websites and apps on which to search for a dog park by location. They also include some top-10 lists: the coolest dog parks, the best cities for dog parks, even the top pet-friendly beaches.
Tips for RVing with Pets
There may be nothing better than having the comforts of home while RVing and being able to bring your pets along during your travels. Plus, you have the freedom to explore the world around you — and so do they!
When you think it’s time to take your furry friend on the road, introduce them slowly to your RV. They might be unsure of the new space, so offering treats and encouraging them to sniff and explore at their own pace can help build their confidence.
You can also prepare by packing the right gear for your pets and making them their own packing list. During your trip, add items to the list that you wish you had brought along and cross off the things you packed but didn’t need. Don’t forget to bring your pet’s veterinary records in case they get injured or sick while on the road, and make sure you have a photo of them in case they get lost.
Creating a travel itinerary for your pet can also help. While more places are adopting pet-friendly policies, there still can be limitations on where your pet can travel with you. Doing your research and confirming your destination’s pet policy beforehand can help you in the long run! Keep in mind that bringing pets with you is a privilege and always obey posted guidelines. You don’t want to miss out on making memories with your favorite travel companion.
You can learn more pet travel and safety tips at gopetfriendly.com. We hope you have a purr-fect time while on the road!
Pet-Friendly RV Tours and Rallies for FMCA Members
Take your furry friend on your next adventure! Fantasy RV Tours is a pet-friendly tour company, offering member-only, professionally guided tours to some of the most sought-after destinations at a discounted rate – including Alaska, Canada, USA, Mexico, and overseas. Besides taking care of all the planning and camping reservations, they’ll line up the best activities to ensure a stress-free vacation above and beyond your expectations. To learn more, call (855) 385-3622 or visit fantasyrvtours.com.
The Backseat Driver You’ve Always Wanted!
The 11th edition of the FMCA North American Road Atlas and Travel Guide is now available! Featuring sturdy plastic spiral binding and large-print type for easy reading. Campground locations pinpoint FMCA commercial-member campgrounds and big-rig-friendly facilities. Fuel stops now include Petro Stopping Centers, TA TravelCenters of America, Love’s Travel Center Locations, and Pilot/Flying J Travel Plaza locations. Walmart and Sam’s Club locations, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations, detailed city maps, and tourism contact information are also included. Purchase yours today!
Upgrade your RV for pet safety and more! FMCA members have access to special offers on easy-to-install Pet Safety wireless monitoring packages from RV Whisper®. Remotely monitor important information about your RV's temperature, batteries, propane level, shore power, door open/closed status, and more. For added convenience, use the RV Whisper app that is available for both Android and iPhone. Click here to learn more.
Don’t miss your opportunity to join FMCA at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 24 through 27, 2022. Our 105th International Convention & RV Expo will be packed with RVs, education, shopping, socializing, entertainment, great friends, and so much more.
Cape Charles/Chesapeake Bay KOA, C14087
Cape Charles, Virginia
This beautiful waterfront campground sits on a private beach along the Chesapeake Bay surrounded by 1,700 acres of parkland. The four-star, pet-friendly resort offers endless amounts of fun and relaxation for you and your family to enjoy. Amenities include 50-amp-max electric, sites up to 75 feet, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. Also included: a pool, community campfires, a dog beach, and a dog park! Plus, FMCA members receive a discount.
FMCA has hundreds of commercial-member campgrounds that offer discounted stays. Visit our RV Marketplace to find one or more that might fit right into your travel plans.
Start Your Season Right
Now that the weather is turning warmer in many places, the busy summer season is almost upon us. While it’s exciting to get back on the road, there are still RV cleaning and maintenance jobs that must be done beforehand. Here’s 13 RV spring cleaning tips from the RV Geeks so you can start your season right!
A catio, or an outdoor cat enclosure, is a must-have item if you are RVing with cats. It gives your cats the freedom to come in and out as they please while also staying safe. It also doesn’t require any modifications to your RV! Check out RV Adventures with Pets’ video on how to build your own catio here.
We all love to post pictures of our pets on social media, but do your pets have their own Instagram accounts? Pet influencers like The Dog is Driving, 2 Traveling Dogs, and Logan The RV Bunny share their RVing adventures on Instagram. If you think your pet could be the next social media superstar, tag us on Instagram @fmcarvclub to share pictures of your RV-loving pets!
Road Snacks For Fido
If you’re looking for an alternative to the preservative-laden dog treats sold in stores, why not make your own? BringFido offers a few recipes, including this one that needs no oven time:
No Bake “Grrr-nola” Bars
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
⅓ cup low-sodium peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup apple, diced
To make: 1. Soak the chia seeds in 2 tablespoons of cold water for 10 minutes until they absorb most or all of the liquid. 2. Mix the oats and peanut butter until well combined. Stir in the chia seeds, coconut, and apple. 3. Place the mixture in an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and press down firmly. Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. 4. Cut into bars; wrap individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper.
If you’d rather play than prep food, here’s an option: Nashies one-ingredient dog treats. These freeze-dried munchies are made with “human-grade” beef, chicken, or cheese. A portion of each sale goes to support the training and placement of therapy and service dogs throughout the United States.
FMCA Area Rally Schedule
International Area Rally - May 23-28 - Lebanon, Tennessee
Great Lakes Area Rally - June 8-11 - Goshen, Indiana
Northwest Area Rally - June 22-26 - North Bend/Coos Bay, Oregon
Eastern Area Rally - July 13-16 - Lewisburg, West Virginia
Northeast Area Rally - August 4-7 - Fryeburg, Maine
South Central Area Rally - September 14-17 - Shawnee, Oklahoma
Rocky Mountain Area Rally - October 26-29 - Tucson, Arizona
Did you know that you don't have to be an FMCA member to attend our area rallies? That's right; you can join us at any FMCA rally or International Convention & RV Expo. Click here to find our complete list of area rallies and conventions.
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