Maxo's First Road Trip! Why Travelling With My Fur Baby Was Totally Worth It

23 Jul 2017 | by | Posted in: Travel

Let's introduce – MAXO our furry sweetheart – 9 month old Golden Retriever. This time while planning our trip, we thought of adding some zest to the traditional way of vacationing. What better way than to take our 8-months old, Maxo, a Golden Retriever along? Thus, began our research, we then planned a road-trip to Rishikesh. It was a 7 hours long drive of about 300 km from our residence in Gurgaon. The only thing that we were a little worried about was the fact that he had done road trips of 80-100 km earlier but this trip would be thrice the earlier ones. Coming back to the place we planned to visit, Rishikesh, it is fairly cool place as it is on the river bank. Even though we started our journey early in the morning, the initial hours weren’t as smooth as expected, Maxo ended up vomiting thrice.Well, experience is known to be the teacher, thus, we learnt that the pet should be fed 6-7 hours before commencing a long road trip and it would be advisable to keep the windows open by 5% to ensure proper ventilation in the car. We sojourned alongside the river Ganga in camps. Our poochie had his first swimming experience in the holy river, It was heartening to see him jump back and forth with rejoice. The temperature soared upto 40 degrees which made Maxo agitated.When we went for river-rafting, we had left him at a nearby hotel with another couple considering the place is very rocky. Maxo enjoyed but had hurt himself in the process. He was limping a bit upon returning - we realized there was injury under the paws. Betadine and Boroline application for about 3-4 days cured him. So its better to be a bit careful but in hindsight I believe its perfectly normal given the way he played and enjoyed there. We still had two days to ourselves and there wasn’t anything else left to do there, thus, we decided to go to Mussorie, the uphill drive wasn’t very comfortable for him but he was fine when he sat snuggled with his mom in the back seat. We took plenty of breaks and spent a night at a pet friendly hotel Mussorie Hill Laxmi Palace, Gandhi Chowk, Mussorie. It was a fine place and allowed dogs in their domain. Weather up there was soothing and delightful, Maxo enjoyed long walk on the Mall road. All and all we had a rejuvenating experience at the cost of learning.

Below are few of the things to be kept in mind:

  • Do not feed your pet right before the journey commences. 5-6 hours of gap is recommended.
  • Carry a small first-aid kit and antacid that can help curb motion sickness
  • Allow proper ventilation in the car.
  • Carry plenty of News Paper/ Tissues ( in case the pets throws-up)
  • Carry a portable bowl along that may help clam down their anixety
  • Pre-Booking is highly recommended because not all properties are pet-friendly
  • Take time to time short breaks during the travel
  • Make sure that you let your furry rest for few hours after you reach your destination this will help in restoring their energy.

I must also mention a strange behavior – Maxo has not touched the stuffs which otherwise he used to love but had during trip and vomited soon after. He loved his Royal Canin Maxi Junior and Bananas –which he has not touched ever since he has returned from Rishikesh. These were the things that he had thrown up. Though do not have any scientific evidence to it – just an observation

About the Author


Abhijeet currently works with Cadbury and his wife Niyati works with Cognizant Technology Solutions. Being ardent dog lovers, after moving to Gurgaon in 2016, they decided to get a furry baby. Maxo, their Golden Retriever kid was love at first sight. Having rejoiced traveling so much, they now have a perfect partner for their all future trips.

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